BVEP group targets MPs with Meetings and Events Manifesto for Britain

The first Meetings and Events Manifesto for Britain, created by a dedicated
Government Affairs Group in the
Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), was officially launched last
night in London.

BVEP chairman Michael Hirst, OBE, described the launch as “one of the
most significant events for our industry. It begins the process of ensuring this
vital sector achieves the voice it so critically

The launch took place at De Vere Venues Holborn Bars in front of an
invited audience of industry leaders and media.

The 12-page manifesto, sponsored by ICC Excel London, was created in
consultation with major industry trade associations and professional bodies.

The document sets out 10
‘reasons’ why meetings and events are
important to Britain, along with nine
separate areas of policy, designed to achieve the proclaimed overall objective: “To make
Britain the natural destination choice and an international hub for all sectors
of the events industry”.

The manifesto has been sent to 350 MPs, specifically selected for the
relevance of events in their constituencies. Key ministers and
government officials and 50
members of the House of Lords had
also received the manifesto, said Hirst. They will be invited to the House of
Commons on 20 October, during National Meetings Week, to a presentation on the
meetings sector.

Hirst noted that the outgoing government’s minister responsible for the sector had
promised bid support for up to 20 major events and said he hoped the new
manifesto would help make the case for widening that support under the new

“Meetings and events are the 21st century drivers of the
visitor economy, with the power to transform a destination,” Hirst

The 10 ‘reasons’, identified by the
manifesto, why meetings and events
are important to Britain

  1. The industry is
    worth £25bn
  2. Britain is acknowledged as a world
    leader, not only by events held, but because of the talent of its organisers to
    stage events overseas
  3. The sector
    generates 530,000 direct jobs
  4. The workforce is
    diverse and highly-skilled
  5. Eight million
    international visitors buy over £100bn of goods
  6. 25,000
    businesses depend on the vibrancy of the sector
  7. New
    infrastructure is developed through the industry’s activities
  8. Events benefit
    local culture and the nation’s heritage
  9. Britain is
    entering a golden era of sporting festivals, including the 2012
    Games, 2014 Commonwealth
    Games, 2015 Rugby World Cup and,
    possibly, the 2018 FIFA World Cup
  10. Meetings and
    events have a positive impact on community well-being, education, social
    diversity and civic pride.
Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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