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Industry Calls on Government to Recognise Event Impact

October 31, 2012

– Olympic role in economic growth spurs call for more major UK events –

The £36bn UK events industry has called upon government to increase its support for organisations looking to bring new sporting, cultural and business events to the UK. The announcement follows news today that demonstrates the positive contribution the Olympic and Paralympic Games played in bringing the UK economy back to growth.

“The Olympic Games, the Queens Diamond Jubilee, and other related cultural activities, around Britain underline the awesome power of events in delivering both economic growth and social pride to communities; locally and nationally,” commented Michael Hirst, OBE, from the Britain for Events campaign and Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership, the umbrella body for the UK events industry. “Everyday the UK bids to bring major events to the UK, be they sporting competitions, cultural and live events, or business exhibitions orconferences. Each one of these brings in tourists, businesses, and spend to the economy; but we need help to win them.”

The UK events industry is already predicted to grow by some £500 million as a direct result of the Games, and will pick up the task of filling the £11bn extended infrastructure built as a result of the event. However the Britain for Events campaign is keen to extend the impact of the Olympic legacy.

“The summer saw the benefit of the Games in bringing people into the UK who invested in our hotels, restaurants, and transport. However, the added benefits of increased commercial spend and activity underline the power of events in stimulating business,’ continues Hirst. “We also demonstrated that the UK is creative, innovative and drives business; both locally and nationally.”

Minister Backs Britain for Events 2012/13

July 25, 2012

Minister Backs Britain for Events 2012/13

23 July, UK: John Penrose, Minister for Tourism & Heritage is once again throwing his weight behind the Britain for Events campaign. This commitment builds on the Minister’s proactive involvement in the 2011/12 initiative, culminating in his presence at International Confex 2012.

Speaking about the campaign, Mr Penrose commented: “This is the year for the events industry in the UK … with the arrival of the Olympic Games later this month we have an opportunity to show what we can do on the biggest stage. As a supporter of the Britain for Events campaign I would (also) like to pass on my support for this important industry, both in representing the UK in 2012 and its role in delivering the legacy of the games in 2013 and beyond.”

The Minister was also keen to underline the importance of public and private sector partnership in growing the events industry, “Britain for Events remains a wonderful example of how the private and public sectors can work together to benefit industries that bring economic prosperity to the UK. I believe by working together we can grow this industry still further, and continue to stage some of the finest conferences and exhibitions in the world.”

Michael Hirst, Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership and spokesperson for the Britain for Events campaign commented, “We acknowledge the Minister’s ongoing support for this important campaign and his continued commitment to the UK events industry. In John, we have a Minister that really understands thepower of events and is working to underline the importance of the industry, at the highest levels of government.”

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