UPDATED: Manchester Arena attack: Marketing Manchester, BVEP, and NEC Group release statements

Industry organisations have responded to Monday’s terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, in which 22 people, including children, were killed. The attack has prompted organisers and venues to once again look at improving security.

Sheona Southern, Marketing Manchester’s managing director made this statement: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who died and were injured last night. This was an attack at the heart of our great city at people enjoying a night out. It was a shocking act, but what has been heartening has been the reaction from our emergency services and the people of Greater Manchester who have responded with bravery, love and support. They represent the true spirit of Manchester. We won’t let acts like this affect our city’s outward-looking, tolerant and welcoming heart.”

Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), released the following: “On behalf of the entire events community in Britain, the partners of the BVEP extend their deepest sympathy to all those affected by Monday’s terrible incident at the Manchester Arena, and offer their colleagues in the Events Industry in Manchester our fullest support as they deal with the aftermath of this very sad evening.”

NEC Group CEO Paul Thandi made this statement: “Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the terrible incident at the Manchester Arena last night. We’re shocked and saddened by what has happened. Public safety at our events is our priority and we have a number of security measures in place which we continue to review. We don’t discuss specific security details as doing so is potentially detrimental to these measures, however, we do use a number of different security techniques. Our teams – who liaise with the police, exhibition and conference organisers and concert promoters on an on-going basis – are vigilant at all times and review security measures as necessary. We encourage those attending our events to also remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to our security staff or police.”

The Association of Event Venues (AEV), Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) have today issued a joint statement following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night. “Our sincere condolences and sympathies go out to all affected by the terrorist atrocity at Manchester Arena last night, and we pay tribute to all the emergency services, and to the staff of Manchester Arena, for acting with great bravery and compassion in the face of such a deadly and callous attack.”

Meanwhile, the Meetings Industry Association (mia) released the following statement responding the terror attack at Manchester Arena: “We are deeply saddened by last night’s terror attack at Manchester Arena and our thoughts are with all those involved.

“As we have unfortunately witnessed, the capabilities and tactics of terror organisations and criminals continually evolve. Security provision needs to be viewed as a necessary investment rather than a cost and fully integrated to maximise its effectiveness,” said Jane Longhurst, chief executive, mia.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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