24th February 2010
Representatives from the event industry are to meet MPs in October as part of a lobbying campaign to gain governmental support for the sector.
The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) and Confex are spearheading the campaign and shadow tourism minister Tobias Ellwood is already expected to be one of the attendees, according to Event Magazine.
BVEP and Confex will invite MPs with strong ties to event organisers in their constituency to the meeting.
UBM portfolio director and Confex chief Duncan Reid said that although the event industry is relative young, it is growing fast.
"Look at Liverpool as an example," he told the news provider. "It had no ties a few years ago but now there is a convention centre and hundreds of meeting spaces that have brought money into the local economy."
Recent figures from VisitBritain showed that business and leisure tourism in Yorkshire added three-quarters of a billion pounds to the bottom line in gross domestic product.