Hirst lobbies for events government role

Tourism Advisory Council needs events sector rep, says Hirst

Michael Hirst
Michael Hirst

The Business Visits & Events Partnership is calling on the Government to appoint an events industry representative to the new Tourism Advisory Council.

The partnership's chairman Michael Hirst said the council, which comprises 21 tourism industry leaders, has no direct representation from the events sector.

Created by Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism Barbara Follett, the council's purpose is to provide expert advice to ministers developing policies. Part of its role is to make business tourism a Government priority.

"The omission of someone from the events sector is puzzling," said Hirst. "I hope the minister will reconsider her decision.  However, what might be of greater benefit is for the minister to convene a meeting of representatives from the conference, exhibitions, business, cultural and sporting events and festival sectors as a separate advisory group to explore how the industry could provide economic and social stimulus for Britain's recovery."

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