MPs are being asked to consider trialling year-round Daylight Saving to benefit outdoor events in a new report published by Events Industry Forum and the Business Visits & Events Partnership.
It’s just one of a host of suggestions made to national and local government encouraging their support of the events industry.
Ministers should offer letters of bid support, attend opening ceremonies and introduce a more welcoming visa processing system, it says.
The report also asks for a range of financial reformations such as the reinstatement of corporate hospitality allowances, establishment of national subvention packages and reintroduction of a B2B opt-out for the Tour Operators Margin Scheme (TOMS).
Nick de Bois MP, who leads the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events said: “This is not just about coming cap in hand to government, but about a collaborative effort to work together. Events in Britain represent a major opportunity for growth for UK plc and a chance to underline our place as a centre for global business.”
He added that, with the right support, the industry could grow dramatically from its existing £36.1bn, to £42.2bn in 2015 and £48.4bn in 2020.
Hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will aid this, with 20 per cent of benefits from the Games created by additional business visits expenditure – worth an estimated £433m.
The report will be presented at the launch of this year’s Britain for Events campaign, which will take place at The Deck at London’s National Theatre on the 27 October.
Pictured: Nick de Bois MP