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VisitEngland’s Nick de Bois joins leaders panel for UKickstart event

Nick de Bois, chair of the VisitEngland Advisory Board will join a panel of UK events industry leaders taking part in the discussion at UKickstart.

UKickstart is a UK-focused hybrid gathering of event professionals taking place on Tuesday 8 September from multiple physical and virtual hubs.

Nick de Bois

Nick de Bois

The event will bring together industry voices including Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston MP, Tracy Halliwell MBE, director of tourism, conventions and major Events at London and Partners, and Simon Hughes, chair of BVEP, to discuss the safe return of the UK events industry as it works towards reopening.

“The UK events industry has shown incredible resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic, working extremely hard to ensure it is ready to welcome back visitors safely as soon as possible to the outstanding destinations, venues and experiences that make the UK a leading destination for events,” de Bois said.

“UKickstart is an important catalyst in inspiring the UK events industry’s return to business as it works towards its October reopening date, uniting with one voice to safely restart this valuable industry and supporting the thousands of jobs that depend on it.”

The event is free to attend for any events professional and is supported by a number of UK industry associations including BVEP, HBAA, MIA, VisitBritain, ILEA, MPI, ABPCO, EMA, AEO, ESSA, EVCOM, AEV and the London Convention Bureau.

Adam Simpson, director of marketing of etc.venues and leader of UKickstart said:  “We’re delighted that Nick is able to join the panel.

“Confidence levels for events and meetings are on an upward climb. We want to continue to inspire confidence and this was why we felt it was important to be the driving force for a united industry-wide effort by creating UKickstart Event 2020. We hope this event will demonstrate the power of face-to-face events and act as a catalyst to kick-start the events industry.”

Register here.