The Tourism Industry Council has added representation from the business visits and events sector. It is stepping up collaboration between the government and the tourism industry, to focus on jobs, transport and deregulation.
Michael Hirst OBE, chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) and deputy chairman of the Events Industry Board, has been invited by John Glen MP, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism to become a permanent member of the council.
The council will also oversee the proposed tourism sector deal, which will offer strong opportunities for the events industry. Business visits and events are set to play a crucial role in boosting productivity by filling unsold capacity and extending the tourism season all year-round. Proposals include a national programme of events to showcase Britain’s business, cultural excellence and expertise.
Hirst said: "It’s clear that business events - and events more generally - should be a big part of the government’s programme to push the economy forward. The industry now has in place strong representation through its umbrella body, the Business Visits and Events Partnership, a joined up approach with government on the Events Industry Board, a voice in parliament through the All Party Parliamentary Group and now the opportunity to make a contribution to the wider visitor economy on the Tourism Industry Council."
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