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Events to play major role in Tourism Sector Deal as it advances to next stage

The government has signalled its intention to agree a landmark Tourism Sector Deal for the UK tourism industry in a bid to attract more domestic and overseas visitors and help drive major economic growth.

The UK events sector, which is worth more than £42.3bn a year to the economy, is set to play a major role in the delivery of the plan, that will focus on boosting productivity by better utilisation of existing capacities, extending the season and attracting more business visitors and event attendees to all parts of the UK.

Jeremy Wright, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has called for the wider tourism industry, which includes business visits and events, to show its commitment in promoting UK tourism throughout the year and not just in peak summer months.

Wright commented that the sector must look to increase skills and improve clear career paths; make the UK the most accessible tourism industry in the world; share industry data to identify growth opportunities in new and emerging markets; increase accommodation supply and enhance connectivity within venues.

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has been an integral part of the events industry’s response to the formation of the Sector Deal, led by VisitBritain on behalf of the entire tourism industry.

Simon Hughes, Vice Chair of the BVEP, said: “This is very welcome news following two years of formulating the proposals across the entire industry for the Tourism Sector Deal. The role of both business and cultural events will be crucial in delivering on the government asks of boosting productivity, extending the season and dispersing visitors to all parts of the UK.”

“We are also making great strides in providing good career opportunities within the events sector and keen to play our part in providing greater accessibility to venues, share industry data and ensure event venues have the very best connectivity to meet delegate demands.”

As the negotiations with government are advanced, industry organisations and business will be asked to participate in the development of the plans. It is expected that the negotiations will lead to a final deal, to be announced in Q1 2019.



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About Business Visits & Events Partnership
The Business Visits & Events Partnership is an umbrella organisation representing leading trade and professional organisations, government agencies and other significant influencers in the business visits and events sector.

The BVEP exists to:

  • garner the cohesive opinion of these stakeholders and to collectively influence and develop policies, practices and strategies that support and generate growth in the sector
  • Raise sector awareness through clear communications of the social and economic benefits of the business visits and events sector.

The Partnership seeks to provide a cohesive point of view for the entire business visits and events sector. The BVEP works with prominent sector leaders including its partners, government departments and agencies to influence and develop policies and practices favourable to the growth of business events, and trade and creative enterprise through business visits and events.
It has the support of the leading trade and professional organisations and government agencies with a shared interest in the economic benefit and growth of conferences, meetings, exhibitions, trade fairs, incentive travel, corporate hospitality, ceremonies, as well as other business, sporting, cultural and festival events.