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Covid-19 recovery to be focus for APPG for events in 2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for events is set to focus on support for the sector during the Covid-19 outbreak and a plan for recovery in 2021.

Theresa Villiers, chair of the APPG for events, revealed the group’s priorities in a New Year letter marking the revival of the APPG.

She said: “I am delighted to take on the role of chair for the APPG for events. It is so important to revive this group in order to act as a voice for the UK’s world-leading £84 billion events sector.

“The events industry has been one of the most dynamic, creative and growing parts of the economy and directly employs over 750,000 people. It provides a wide range of skilled jobs and also plays a crucial role in securing inward investment and supporting UK exports, facilitating in excess of £165 billion in trade through business events.”

Villiers highlighted three issues that she hopes the APPG will focus on:

– Support during the Covid outbreak and a plan for recovery and re-opening
– People and talent
– Events as an economic driver

She added: “With the events sector hit so hard by Covid, the APPG can play a key role over the coming months.”

Michael Hirst, chair of the Events Industry Board, commented on the letter on Twitter, saying: “Definitely this agenda reflects the right priorities.”