Minister for Sport and Tourism adds support to events industry

Hugh Robertson, MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism has added his backing to the Declaration of Support that was signed by 38 politicians from destinations across the world at the Politicians Forum held at meetings industry trade show IMEX Frankfurt last week.

The Forum, held on 22 May, was moderated by Michael Hirst, OBE, Chair of the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP). The breakfast networking session was chaired by Nick de Bois, Chair of the UK Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group, while the UK was also represented by Councillor Wendy Simon from Liverpool City Council.

Minsters from Mexico, Egypt and South Africa were in attendance at the Forum, as well as high ranking national and local politicians and civic leaders from Australia, Canada, South East Asia, Africa, the Middle East and several countries and cities in Europe.

Attendees discussed barriers to growth, which included greater community involvement, more travel freedoms through open borders and fewer visa restrictions, high levels of taxations, a lack of research, more investment in infrastructure, connectivity and marketing, and the impact of safety and security.

“To add Hugh Robertson’s support to that pledged by other senior politicians at the Forum is really encouraging,” said Hirst.

“It demonstrates that our sponsoring Minister understands the power of meetings and events and is prepared to back our industry efforts. The continued support of Nick de Bois in promoting the importance of meetings and events on a world stage shows the leadership the UK brings to this global industry.”

The Politicians Forum is backed by the Joint Meetings Industry Council. European Cities Marketing and the Association of Convention Centres. The intention is to continue to seek political support for the Declaration by adding more signatures during the course of the year.

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Paul Colston

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