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DCMS Announces New Strategy for Events Industry

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has unveiled a cross Governmental strategy for UK events today, following widespread engagement with the industry. The strategy, which can be found on the departments website includes a series of initiatives set to add long term value to the industry.

Most welcome will be the creation of a Business Visits & Events Board, comprising of industry representation with government departments and agencies, all under the auspices of the GREAT programme. The board will be tasked with identifying business opportunities and to win more events for Britain and represents new resources for the events industry to attract new events to Britain.

In addition the strategy also included sections on future governance, infrastructure and funding, visas and the welcome from Britain to international visitors, marketing and strategic partnerships, and best practice.

"This is a solid blueprint for action whatever party is in power post the General Election in May," comments Michael Hirst, Chairman of the BVEP, which has been supporting the DCMS throughout this process. "What is essential is that the industry endorses the support that is now being expressed and works to ensure this momentum is maintained after the election."

The strategy also included a positive introduction from Sajid Javid, Secretary of State, which endorsed the strength and quality of the UK events industry.

"Its an amazing achievement for the events industry to be final getting the attention it so richly deserves," concluded Hirst. "We need to support the strategy, and see it through for the good of the industry."

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Notes to Editor:

The Business Visits and Events Partnership is an umbrella organisation representing leading trade and professional organisations and agencies and other significant influencers in the business visits and events sector. The Sector includes meetings and conferences, exhibitions and trade shows, incentive travel, outdoor events, corporate hospitality sporting and cultural and music events and festivals.

The total value of the Sector as measured by direct expenditure is £39.1 bn. A further £7.7bn is spent by accompanying visitors. In total this is equivalent to 35% of the UK visitor economy. Additionally the Sector is a catalyst for trade, exports and inward investment at business events and exhibitions, and cultural festivals create regeneration, destination investment and promote community cohesion and destination profile. The businesses in the sector export their professionalism, expertise and creativity which are a strong hallmark of Britain's event skills.