Government and VisitBritain to continue to grow business events industry

The Business of Events Leadership Forum brought together industry leaders to discuss future market opportunities and challenges.

From left to right - Simon Hughes, MC. Giles Smith, Head of Tourism, Heritage & Cultural Diplomacy, DCMS. Robin Johnson, Europe Director, VB. Joss Croft, Managing Director Marketing DIT
From left to right - Simon Hughes, MC. Giles Smith, Head of Tourism, Heritage & Cultural Diplomacy, DCMS. Robin Johnson, Europe Director, VB. Joss Croft, Managing Director Marketing DIT

Speaking at the event led by BVEP and supported by VisitBritain, representatives from the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Department for International Trade (DTI) and VisitBritain spoke about how the Government is working to support and drive demand within the business events industry.

Tourism minister John Glen said: "I want to cement Britain's position as one of the leading countries in the world for hosting major business events. With fantastic facilities across the country there is great potential for us to grow this sector further, contributing more to the visitor economy and helping sell Britain to key international markets abroad."

The tourism industry recently submitted a Sector Deal bid as part of the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy. Part of the submission focused on the need for a long-term, cross-departmental plan for Business Events, to ensure future resilience and success for the sector, as well as significant productivity gains.

DTI managing director of marketing Joss Croft said: "As a significant driver of growth, the business visits and events industry clearly has a role to play in helping to ensure that the UK is recognised as the best place in which to invest, and also in helping to strengthen the culture of international trade so that more UK businesses take advantage of trade and investment opportunities. This event has been a good opportunity to build stronger relationships between government and industry to achieve these aims."

VisitBritain and VisitEngland chief executive Sally Balcombe told the conference that after widening its remit to include business events, VisitBritain was committed to growing and working with the sector.

She said: "This has been a great opportunity to engage with the leaders and stakeholders in the UK’s business events sector, to ensure we are all working together to drive this important industry forward, and keep it high on the Government’s agenda.

"We all want to build Britain’s global business events brand, positioning the UK as a top destination for international meetings and events, and increase the economic benefit this industry brings to the country."

 

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