UK: Culture Secretary Plans to Make UK Number One Destination for Business Events
The government wants the UK to be the number one destination for international conferences and trade events, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.
Javid said the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)is currently working on a strategy to increase the value of the UK events industry from £39.1 billion to £48.8 billion by 2020.
The government has been inspired to target the conference sector following the its success with major sporting events; the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour De France in Yorkshire. Javid believes Britain can take lessons learned from hosting these events and use the knowledge to help bid for major international conferences, trade fairs and expos.
“We are already world leaders in holding major diplomatic and sporting events, so there is no reason we can’t be the number one destination for trade events that will help British business and the economy,” he said.