Associations urge action on training

Two industry associations are to lobby the Government to establish training and qualifications for the conference and events industry. The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) and the Travel,Tourism and Events National Training Organisation (TTENTO), are eager to see better industry training. "People are coming out of university into the industry and don’t have a real understanding of conference or client management," said ABPCO chair Peter Mainprice. "A couple of years ago the NVQ was introduced, which is useful, but it hasn’t really taken off. We’re working closely with TTENTO to lobby the government to bring in other training and qualifications." ABPCO, which has 44 full-time and associate members, has asked to be part of the British Tourism Partnership (BTP). Mainprice believes acceptance is imminent. "Business tourism has been getting a higher profile at government level, so we’re hopeful of getting a better response to industry training by joining the BTP," he said. The training issue, and other industry elements, were discussed at ABPCO’s ‘think tank’ meeting in March. Other topics included the simplification of international VAT. "Each time a conference is organised overseas, the organiser is required to deal with a consultant of the country they’re holding a conference in," said Mainprice. "We’re asking why is it necessary to set up all these additional administration costs."

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