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Venues and agencies to step up security efforts

HBAA survey finds venues are paying increasing attention to security - as agencies ask more questions

Pictured: HBAA chair Louise Goalen

The majority of UK event venues have significantly stepped up their attention to safety and security in the last six months – and hotel and event booking agencies are more often asking them questions about their venue’s security protocols.

These are among the key revelations of a new HBAA survey of its agency and venue members.

So far almost 63.3 per cent of venues have reviewed or changed their safety or security protocols in the last six months and more than 42 per cent have also carried out real-world simulation exercises in that time.

Meanwhile 60 per cent of agencies said that they were asking venues more questions about safety and security and taking the answers into consideration when recommending venues to clients.

Focus on cyber security has also increased. 58 per cent of venues say that they have been paying either ‘much more’ or ‘considerably more’ attention to it, and a further 36 per cent have also been showing more interest in it.

Louise Goalen, HBAA chair, said: “While venues continually keep their safety and security procedures under review, it is interesting to see how many have been prompted by actions and growing concerns to look more closely at their procedures and preparations.”

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