Meetings Industry Association reacts to the Culture Secretary's statement

The Meetings Industry Association is dismayed that there continues to be no acknowledgement of the events sector, which provides £70bn to the economy and 700,000 highly skilled jobs, in today’s announcement by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.  

The sector’s patience is being seriously challenged, with yet again no mention of a sector that underpins the economy in so many cities.   

Through our Road to reopening and operating safely, which is signposted in the government’s own Visitor Economy Guidance, we have comprehensively demonstrated the control measures that can be put in place to safely manage as well as track and trace delegates.  

Unlike many large-scale public live events, business meetings and business events are well organised and properly resourced activities that government should be supporting as a catalyst for recovery.  

There are so many lessons that the government can learn from initially reinstating business meetings that can then provide insight and protocols for other larger live activities such as major sporting, leisure or cultural events. 

The devastating impact will be widespread. There will be thousands of redundancies across the whole of our sector and the thousands of organisations reliant on the business meetings and events industry – raising questions over the government’s priorities.