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September 11, 2013
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"Special Visa" to Ease Travel to 2014 Commonwealth Games

The UK will provide ‘a more positive welcome’ to business travellers attending events, following changes to immigration control, says the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP).

The changes have been introduced ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014 and make it easier for participants and accompanying persons to enter the country.

Simon Hughes, vice chair of BVEP, said it had been calling for a special visa for all events attracting more than 2,000 overseas delegates for some time. The industry body hopes the introduction of this for the Commonwealth Games is just the beginning of the Home Office’s support for such an innovation. 

“A special events visa was used during the London Olympic & Paralympic Games in 2012 and a similar approach will now be used in 2014 so we can see the value it brings to major events,” he said. “Now it needs to be extended to other large scale events, and not just a few irregular high profile public events."

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