APPG chairman Nick De Bois MP said: "Bloom’s comments were an indication that the industry needs to mature its expectations of the APPG for Events. During parliament it is very difficult for MPs to get away, especially to something that could be seen as excessive in the current climate.
"I support Bloom’s intentions and passion, but the day-to-day reality is very different. A whip can be called at short notice in Parliament, meaning we all have to be in the building. This makes going abroad very difficult to organise, let alone at only a few weeks notice."
Business Visits and Events Partnership Chairman Michael Hirst said: "Notwithstanding that the invitation to attend Imex was issued with very little notice, MPs are heavily committed during the times Parliament is sitting to parliamentary business."
He added that action is best done within Westminster by raising questions with Ministers directly and during debates and by engaging with representatives of the events industry in Britain.