Events will shape Britain’s future

Monday 25, October 2010


Events will shape Britain’s future


Britain’s business visits and events industry is a vibrant sector of the visitor economy but also has an active role in the creative industries, trade development and in growing cultural appreciation.


Michael Hirst OBE, Chair:

"Britain has a well-developed infrastructure of destinations, venues and service suppliers offering an array of facilities and a depth of expertise to ensure the successful staging of events and a guarantee of a memorable experience for those attending them . The creative and production skills of the event organising companies located in Britain are second-to-none, as evidenced by their superb track record in designing and staging some of the highest-profile events in the world, from the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games to the summits of the G8 political leaders, from major industrial, commercial, medical, scientific and educational conferences and trade exhibitions to leading edge motivational events .


Servicing business visitors and delivering world-class events also means providing stimulating careers and employment opportunities . Some 530,000 people are estimated to be working in the sector . Details on these opportunities and how to access them are included in this Report .


With so many diverse areas, including meetings and conferences, exhibitions and trade fairs, outdoor events, incentive travel, corporate hospitality, cultural and sporting events and festivals, its leading organisations are intent on working together to support a competitive, high quality and more profitable events sector in Britain .


The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, has worked together with the support of the entire events community to compile this Report in order to communicate the value of this vital industry and influence policies favourable to its continued growth .


The Report is one of a number of initiatives undertaken by the BVEP to position the sector at the forefront of thinking by both the Government and the wider business community . The Report reveals the scope and characteristics of the sector’s various segments . It identifies trends and opportunities and highlights key issues and challenges which, if not addressed, could undermine Britain’s position as one of the leading players in this highly competitive, global marketplace.


Properly supported, Britain’s events can help rebuild and re-balance Britain’s economic prosperity."


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