BVEP chairman Michael Hirst welcomed the initial results of the Visit Britain consultation on its tourism strategy for 2020 and the endorsement by many trade and tourism bodies that business tourism should be re-instated in Visit Britain’s on-going plans.
Hirst went on to say that progress is being made on the Ministerial Bid Support initiative, first mooted in a Partnerships Subvention Report last year.
As well as renewed campaigning by Robertson, Hirst welcomed changes to China's visa processing, using the opportunity to call for the general introduction of a "special events" visa to speed up global access for event-related activity.
Hirst said: "A new season brings new goals and challenges, with plenty of activity including the newly agreed mission statement by the Partners at the beginning of this year. To garner cohesive opinion of these stakeholders and to collectively influence and develop the policies, practices and strategies that support and generate growth in the sector."