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£250,000 boost for broadband in conference centres.

Tourism Minister Rebecca Pow has launched a competition for conference centres across the UK to apply for funding to improve broadband infrastructure with the aim of hosting more international conferences at UK venues.

  • The competition is part of the UK Government’s Tourism Sector Deal.
  • Investment will help to boost the £32 billion business events sector. 

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The Business of Events Announces 2019 Programme

The Business of Events has today announced an expanded programme for 2019, including its first international event, and a new venue for its flagship Senior Leadership Forum.

The Business of Events Global Policy & Practice Forum, created in partnership with IBTM, The Barcelona Convention Bureau and PCMA, will take place on the 18th November 2019, ahead of IBTM World, at the newly opened Hotel Seventy in Barcelona. The forum will focus on the global medical and healthcare sector and be attended by a number of leading Destinations and Convention Bureaus, alongside their Policy and Enterprise counterparts.

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Events Industry Leaders Gather for Roundtable

The first of the Events Industry Board’s (EIB) biannual “Events Industry Senior Leaders Advisory Panel” meetings took place earlier this month at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, giving attendees a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities for the industry with representatives from the UK Government and the EIB.

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The Tourism Sector Deal - Building a world-class experience economy

DCMS has launched the Government's Tourism Sector Deal on 28th June 2019. Please find below a letter from the Secretary of State, concerning the publication of the Tourism Sector deal.

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New Events Industry Board survey to help identify EU funding infrastructure

The UK Events Industry Board’s (EIB) Working Group for Infrastructure has launched a survey to help collate the value of EU grants, funding infrastructure and service related projects that have benefited business events across the UK.

Since Britain joined the European Union in 1973, the European Investment Bank has lent €118bn to help fund UK infrastructure projects. The EIB subgroup is keen to understand the current levels of investment so that it can make recommendations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) to keep the funding stream open.

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Events Industry Board Appoints Michael Hirst OBE as Chair

Michael Hirst OBE has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Events Industry Board by Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following the resignation of Nick de Bois last summer.

Hirst has served as Deputy Chair since the creation of the Events Industry Board in 2016. He is also Chair of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, the organisation that connects the leading trade and professional organisations, government agencies in the events sector. Hirst also serves on the Tourism Industry Council and is a Director of the Tourism Alliance, he is also a director and consultant to companies in the commercial and hospitality sectors.

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