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UK MP Calls for Bed Tax to Fund Visitor Economy

James Heappey, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events sector, has floated the idea of a bed tax to help fund both the industry and its promotion. The MP, who is the events champion in Parliament, said he was seeking views on a per room per night tax to assist the visitor economy. From Meetpie.com…

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VisitBritain Invites Business Event Grant Applications

VisitBritain is calling for grant applications for its programme to secure new international business events for the United Kingdom and to grow the economic value of existing events. The Event Support Programme, launched in 2016, has to date assisted 28 events and bids across the country from Aberdeen to Bristol with more than £500,000 awarded. From Meetpie.com…

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The UK Exhibitions Industry: A Brexit Remedy?

The past month has revealed the turmoil the United Kingdom is in over the manner of its departure from the European Union. But might the UK exhibition sector provide some palliative relief from Brexit uncertainties? The sector’s global association takes a look at VisitBritain, along with the recent Farnborough International Airshow, for answers. From UFI…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Chair Opens Meetings Show

The impact of Brexit and Britain’s global brand were both on the agenda when leading industry players joined MP James Heappey for a closed roundtable at The Meetings Show to discuss the UK sector. Heappey, who is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, also officially opened the show. From Meetpie.com…

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All-Party Parliamentary Group Assesses UK Meetings Sector

The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for the events industry, chaired by James Heappey MP (pictured), is holding a series of evidence sessions on the UK events sector. The first focussed on venue infrastructure including the possible loss of the QEII Conference Centre, issues surrounding Brexit, and also delivering high profile international events. From Meetpie.com…

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UK MPs Vote 419 to 119 for Third Heathrow Runway

Following the government green light, the UK Parliament has also backed controversial plans to build a third runway at Heathrow. MPs supported the proposal by 415 votes to 119. The UK meetings industry again welcomed the decision and called for speedy construction, citing the economic value of business travel to the UK. Photo: Ad Meskens. From Meetpie.com…

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The Meetings Show: Impromptu Debates and Chocolate Biscuits

The Meetings Show has just drawn the UK events sector together at London’s Olympia in a brisker new two-day format. For one Iceberg media partner highlights included an interview with James Heappey, followed by an impromptu debate between the Member of Parliament and BVEP chair Michael Hirst. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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2017 UK Meetings Sector worth £18.1bn, Says UKCAMS

The UK saw an estimated £18.1 billion of direct expenditure generated by delegates in venues and wider destination spend in 2017, according to the new UK Conference and Meeting Survey. The study also reveals that the overall number of conferences and meetings was lower than in 2016, but the size of events up slightly. From Meetpie.com…

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Desert Island Discs and the Conference Castaway

Dr Sue Black is a British computer scientist, academic and social entrepreneur. She also helped save the World War II codebreaking site Bletchley Park from falling into ruin. Recently Black was interviewed on a famous BBC radio programme, and told an interesting story of gender and the power of conferences. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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Rotation: The Right Thing or a Big Risk?

As any youngster with a fidget spinner will tell you, rotation can be fun. But when a UK convention bureau suggested to the organiser of an event that had stayed in the same city since it started that they should be rotating destinations, there was surprising friction. From editor’s blog at Meetpie.com…

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MI Calls for Speed as UK Green Lights Third Heathrow Runway

The controversial plan to build a third runway at London Heathrow has been green lit by the UK government. But Britain’s meetings industry has called for a speedy take-off to help the sector after Brexit. Research claims just a one percent increase in international business air travel would deliver £400 million in economic benefit. From Meetpie.com…

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