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The Business of Events announces Senior Leadership programme

The Business Visits and Events Partnership has announced the programme for its flagship Senior Leadership Forum, which takes place at The Mermaid London on 6 November.

The Forum will focus on the opportunities which surround the governments recently announced Tourism Sector Deal.

The presentations from across Westminster will include Giles Smith, in charge of Heritage, Tourism, and Cultural Diplomacy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who will discuss the role of the government and the international business events action plan.

James Heappey MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry, will provide a briefing on the current situation in Parliament along with a preview of the Business of Events Parliamentary Debate.

Madeleine Burns, deputy director of events at the Department for International Trade, will share how events are being used to support the UK’s industrial strategy.

Chantal Van Es from financial event Sibos, will also share her thoughts on her experience of London and what major global events look for when selecting a destination.

Additional sessions include a State of the Union panel discussion, with updates from MeetEngland, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales, London & Partners and Kerrin MacPhie, head of Business Events at VisitBritain.

An additional Parliamentary Debate will be held at the Portcullis House and staged in association with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events.

More forums will be held in Wales, at the newly opened ICC Wales in Newport, on 12November, and in Scotland, at the National Museum of Scotland, on 26 November.

The Business of Events IBTM Global Policy & practice forum will also be held in Barcelona on 18November.