The Government's Events Strategy was launched just prior to the General Election by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and proposed forming a new joint board with the events industry to support bidding and implementation of key events in the UK.
John Whittingdale, who replaced Sajid Javid as Culture, Media and Sports Secretary, has responded to the request by acknowledging the importance of business tourism and has expressed his wish to ‘work closely with the industry’. Tracey Crouch, the new Tourism Minister also said that she looks forward to maintaining a good working relationship and discussing the next steps on the business visits and events strategy.
Michael Hirst, chairman of the BVEP, said: "I am reassured by the feedback I have received that the Strategy is very much on Ministers' radar. Obviously, new Ministers need some time to consider all the various policy areas in which they are involved.
"However, it is clear that the new Ministers already have a strong understanding of the benefits of business tourism through their past memberships of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, and with Sajid Javid, the original architect of the Events Strategy, being the new Secretary of State at Business, Innovation and Skills, we should be able to expect the full support of the two government departments on which we most depend to move our industry forward."
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