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New tourism minister keen to work with industry

(Article first published here by M&IT on 25th January 2018) 

New tourism minister Michael Ellis is keen to develop a positive agenda for the events industry, according to Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) chair Michael Hirst.

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Tourism Alliance re-elects BVEP representative to its Board of Directors

At its Annual General Meeting held today (Monday, 23rd July 2018), Michael Hirst OBE, Chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), was reappointed for a three-year term to the board of the Tourism Alliance, the body that represents over fifty organisations covering the diverse sectors making up Britain’s visitor economy.

Hirst has been a Tourism Alliance board member for the past fifteen years, was Chairman of the Alliance in 2013 and has also served as Treasurer and on the Executive Committee.

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Nick de Bois quits EIB as he joins Raab’s Brexit team

First published in Conference News on 17th July 2018.

Events Industry Board chairman, leading Brexiteer and former Conservative MP Nick de Bois, is stepping down from the EIB role as he takes up the post of chief of staff to Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

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Heathrow expansion puts UK in pole position for events, says BVEP chairman

(Article first published in Conference News on 26th June 2018). BVEP chairman Michael Hirst OBE says that the planned expansion to Heathrow Airport, which was approved in a vote by MPs on 25 June, will strengthen the UK’s position at the forefront of the events industry. “Heathrow is the main hub airport for business travellers into Britain”, he told CN exclusively. “Its eventual expansion will enable the essential growth in business visitors to conferences, exhibitions and other events as we strengthen the country’s position as a destination for world class events.”

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BVEP Partners Meet in Bristol

Representatives from The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) held their partners' meeting in Bristol last week as guests of Destination Bristol.

The meeting received reports on current lobbying activities and discussed the progress on government representation, skills and infrastructure being made by the Events Industry Board and the arrangements being made by the All Party Parliamentary Group for a Parliamentary Debate this coming autumn. The Business Events Growth Programme being introduced by VisitBritain was also reviewed.

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APPG for UK Events Industry to Hold Series of Evidence Sessions

Please download news release below for more details.