The Scottish Festivals and Events Association (SEFA),
a new trade organisation, representing the interests of the nation’s
events and festivals industry, launched officially on 16 May.
association unveiled its membership roster and policy platform,
comprising 13 board members to lead and represent the organisers,
promoters and suppliers involved in the £5.6bn events and tourism
industry in Scotland.
“We want to ensure that SEFA, as a
representative body, works with Government to maximise the health of our
industry and to strengthen Scotland’s reputation as an event hosting
destination,” SEFA Chairman Angus MacKay said.
Chris Lawson,Vice Chair of SEFA, said if the association has a strong membership,
people are more likely to listen to them.
“There are things that have
affected the industry and I don’t think there hasn’t been proper
consultation, like licensing – closing times and a special event licence
which came in through local councils – and health and safety,” he said.
“The main purpose of this is to give the industry a voice and build
dialogue within government. “It is about working with them to give us a
voice about the decisions being made in the industry, and letting us
inform those decisions and the policy.”
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