In a letter to Institute of Event Management Planning Board chair Susan Spibey (also a consultant at SJS International), Mr Penrose underlined his ambition to held Britain capture a higher share of the international events market.
He wrote: "Business Tourism contributes £36bn a year and plays a vital role in the UK’s economy. Nevertheless, I want us to capture an even higher share of the international market. To do this we need to capitalise on the professionalism of our business tourism offer. The government supports the aims of any organisation which seeks to raise the skills base, and I wish you future success with this venture."
Spibey added: "This news follows a huge amount of hard work on behalf of the Institute to establish a credible and endorsed organisation for the events industry. This news moves us closer to the establishment of a working organisation with accredited professional development courses."
Nick de Bois, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, also lent his support. "I welcome this development as another step to enhance the professional status of the events industry. In this increasingly competitive environment we need to attract the brightest and the best and the Institute of Event Management is another important progression in this task," he said.