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BVEP partners discuss upcoming parliamentary debate in Bristol

Representatives from The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) met in Bristol to discuss current activities and aims – including a parliamentary debate on the industry set for the autumn.

The meeting received reports on current lobbying activities and discussed the progress on government representation, skills and infrastructure being made by the Events Industry Board and the arrangements being made by the All Party Parliamentary Group for a parliamentary debate this coming autumn. The Business Events Growth Programme being introduced by VisitBritain was also reviewed.

The role of creativity in events was debated as part of the industry’s wider interest in having the sector recognised as part of the creative industries.

The Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) was welcomed as a new partner representing the interests of individual business travellers, adding to the strong diversity of the BVEP.

The meeting was held in Brunel’s SS Great Britain where a tour of the Brunel Museum was organised. Visits were also made to the “We The Curious” science exhibit, the Harbour Hotel, Aerospace Bristol, the new events venue where Concorde is housed and Ashton Gate the home of Bristol City FC to hear of the plans for a new arena and conference centre. The Mercure Holland House hosted the group.

Michael Hirst, chair of BVEP, said: “We were very impressed by the enthusiasm and vision of Destination Bristol in making the city one of the leading event destinations in Britain.”