The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Jarvid, Secretary of State for Culture, has announced a partnership between the Government and the events industry to support growth in the sector.
Jarvid spoke at the opening of the World Travel Market at Excel London yesterday (3 November), following meetings with industry representatives and the No. 10 Policy Unit and DCMS officials.
The Secretary of State said, “The UK is at the centre of global business. Now I want us to be a centre for global travel business too,” Jarvid said. “The presence of the World Travel Market here in London shows that we’re already staging major conferences, however I know there is a lot more we can do. Right now we have some of the best event organisers in the world. I’ve already mentioned the G20 and NATO summits.
“If we can manage international events like that – not to mention the Tour de France, the Ryder Cup and the Olympic Games – why can we not be a number one destination for business conferences?”
As part of the preparation for the proposed strategy, the industry has been asked to identify:
- Events that are at risk of being lost if steps aren’t taken to retain them.
- Events that with a little extra support could be tipped into world class events.
- Events that the sector feels Britain is well placed to attract
- Overseas events where Britain’s event companies could play a major role.
The members of industry organisations, event companies, Destination Management Organisations, event organisers and venues are being invited to submit proposals, covering conferences/conventions, exhibitions/trade fairs, outdoor events, cultural, music, sporting events and festivals by completing this survey by the end of November.
“This initiative by Government of the importance of the sector is due recognition of the value and contribution events make to the economic growth and to the well-being of the community,” said chairman of the business visits and events partnership Michael Hirst OBE. “It’s very welcome news and I know the industry will respond positively and enthusiastically.”