Villiers seeks collaboration at Westminster for eventprofs

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) has sought collaboration with other official APPGs in parliament to grow a larger presence and “speak up for this crucial part of our economy.”

Chair of the APPG, Theresa Villiers, wrote to her colleagues in Parliament who have been identified as having mutual issues of interest, and where further collaboration could be useful. These include sport, music, business travel, theatre, nighttime economy and aerospace, among others.

Villiers said in the letters to her colleagues, “At a time when the conference and events sector has been devastated by the Covid outbreak, it is more important than ever that we have this group working in Parliament to speak up for this crucial part of our economy. I am getting in touch on the basis that there are areas where your APPG has a mutual interest, and it would be good to discuss how we might collaborate.”

The action to seek collaboration among other APPG groups comes after the APPG for Events held its first Evidence Session of this Parliament, whereby it submitted a series of recommendations to both the Treasury and the Covid Recovery Commission.

The recommendations put forward by the APPG included:

  • Events to provide a platform for UK to showcase its industrial, scientific and cultural strengths to meet its new global ambitions.
  • Great co-ordination across government departments of resources and sponsorship for events, leading to the creation of an at arms-length strategic body to drive the growth of international events held in the UK.
  • Inclusion of event strategies in local authority plans to create programmes of festivals and enhance place-making opportunities
  • Included in the Tourism Sector Deal as part of the Industrial Strategy is the use of events to extend the holiday season and also provide out of main holiday season activities and to also use event to spread activity across the Country.
  • Introduction of Tourism Zones, as recommended in the Industrial Strategy Tourism Sector Deal, to focus on tourism development to include new and revitalised event infrastructure.
  • Increase resources within VisitBritain for direct sales representation and for funding for the Business Events Growth Programme to attract, grow and create international event activity in the UK.

You can follow the APPG for Events journey and get in touch via its Twitter @appgevents ad via its official website 

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