Event industry leaders joined national tourism board VisitEngland in supporting English Tourism Week 2015, a campaign which runs until 22 March.
The week-long campaign is designed to highlight the importance of tourism in England. It is a business worth £106bn a year and supports 2.6m jobs, according to VisitEngland.
The photo shows Michael Hirst, chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP); Simon Hughes, vice-chair of BVEP and representing EVCOM; Chris Skeith, CEO of AEO and James Morgan, representing ISES, helping to fly the flag for tourism at a Tourism Alliance parliamentary reception held at the House of Commons on 16 March to mark the launch of English Tourism Week 2015.
Also in attendance were minister for tourism Helen Grant, Paul Maynard MP and secretary of state for culture, media & sport, Sajid Javid.
The secretary of state indicated during his speech that his department would be launching a policy for the event industry in the coming days.
Michael Hirst, Chairman of BVEP said: “Events play a pre-eminent role in attracting visitors. It is very encouraging that the secretary of state decided to announce the forthcoming government policy for the industry during English Tourism Week.”
VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said: “English tourism is a thriving, growing industry with the value to the economy expected to double to over £216bn by 2025, providing 1 in every 10 jobs. English Tourism Week continues to raise the profile of the sector by demonstrating the importance of tourism to the economy and employment, whilst highlighting the many opportunities for growth.”
To view some of the events taking place across the country as part of English Tourism Week visit englishtourismweek.com and follow @VisitEnglandBiz on twitter using #ETW15.
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