Nick De Bois MP, Conservative Member for Enfield North, was elected Chairman of the APPG, with Ian Murray, Labour Member for Edinburgh South, acting as Vice Chairman. Steve Brine and Paul Uppalwere elected at Treasurer and Secretary respectively.
Issues on the agenda for the first meeting included the future level of Government support for the events sector, given VisitBritain’s withdrawal from business tourism.
The role events can play in the community and in raising local revenues was also raised by the group which agreed to compile an Event Management Guide to include health and safety guidelines with input from Whitehall departments.
The first business meeting of the APPG will be held 13 June, and Kevin Murphy, CEO at Excel London, will address the Group about business events. There will also be an industry leader from the leisure events sector to brief members on outdoor and cultural events and festivals. A number of familiarisation visits to venues and major events for the Group are also being organised.
The establishment of the first APPG for Events follows a reception at the House of Commons organised by the Business Visits and Events Partnership last October.
Michael Hirst, OBE, Chairman of the BVEP described the creation of an APPG specifically for the events sector as “a major step forward” for the industry.
“The enthusiasm for this group within Parliament and the sheer number of MPs and Peers seeking to join demonstrates the interest in our sector and will significantly help us to communicate the importance of events to both Parliament and Government.”
Ahead of the 2015 event taking place at Olympia London on 18-19 February, International Confex has confirmed partnerships with the International Special Events Society (ISES) and the Hotel Booking Agency Association (HBAA).