First Parliamentary events group discuss Visit Britain's C&I withdrawal

The first All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) was formed this week, discussing issues including the void created by Visit Britain’s MICE withdrawal.

First Parliamentary events group discuss Visit Britain’s MICE withdrawal
First Parliamentary events group discuss Visit Britain’s MICE withdrawal
The first meeting, which took place at the House of Commons on Monday (21 March) covered the future level of Government support for the events sector, given Visit Britain's withdrawal from business tourism.

The need to engage with ministers and government departments in support of bids for major international events was also discussed.

Other topics included the importance of events at a local level and the need to also inform local authority managers and elected representatives about the role events can play in the community and local revenues.  

Plans were drawn up to compile an event management guide with health & safety guidelines featuring input from across Whitehall departments.

Nick De Bois MP, Conservative member for Enfield North, was elected chair of the APPG, with Ian Murray, Labour member for Edinburgh South acting as vice chair.

Steve Brine and Paul Uppal were elected as treasurer and secretary respectively.

The first business meeting of the APPG will be held on 13 June with Excel London chief executive Kevin Murphy speaking about business events.


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