Events and business visits will play a crucial role in UK tourism industry’s part of an emerging post-Brexit industrial strategy, according to Business Visits and Events Partnership.
BVEP, which has agreed an extensive document with the Tourism Industry Council, issued a statement as part of a submission to Government officials.
The document said that increasing Britain’s global market share in business visits and events is one of the key activities in boosting productivity by extending the tourism season throughout the year.
Chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, Michael Hirst OBE, said: "The process of putting forward a sector deal for tourism has put business visits and events right at the heart of the Government’s industrial strategy.
"This is a major step forward in recognising the importance of our industry as a major contributor to productivity, trade and economic benefit. We are not a "nice-to-have" sector but a "must-have" provider of competitive advantage to Britain plc".
It also includes plans for the building of a national programme of events to showcase Britain’s business and cultural excellence and expertise.
Direct action and support would be strategically planned with the Business Department (BEIS), Foreign Office (FCO), Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Department of International Trade (DIT).
The tourism submission acknowledges that Britain currently lags behind its competition and that a full review of Government financial support and new, longer term planning operating cross departmentally is critical to future resilience and success.
Additionally there is acknowledgement that business visits and events support other key sectors and boost Britain’s image overseas.
The next stage will see the proposals considered by the Business Department with a response as to whether UK Tourism receives a Sector Deal in November.
For more information about the process read the full submission.