Business tourism in plea for recognition

Business tourism professionals are calling for greater Government support as the value of business tourism to the British economy tops £20bn. A report released by the Business Tourism Partnership (BTP) shows that business tourism is the most valuable sector of UK tourism. Business transacted at trade events is estimated to be in excess of £100bn, while investment in the sector is valued at only 10% of that. "Three years ago, the value of business tourism was £18bn, so we’re seeing substantial growth," said BTP chairman Michael Hirst. "Business tourism is the fastest growing industry in the country, and now we need – and deserve – more support." Business Tourism Leads the Way compiles figures from the BACD’s conference venue survey, the Exhibition Venues Association’s UK Exhibition Facts Survey and MIA’s UK Conference Market Survey.

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