The Business Visits and Events Partnership held its partners meeting in Bristol last week, joining as guests of Destination Bristol, a group dedicated to promoting Bristol as a destination for tourism.
They received reports on current lobbying activities and discussed the progress on government representation, as well as the arrangements being made by the All Party Parliament Group (APPG), which is convening for a discussion of the events industry in autumn.
In addition, they debated the role of creativity in events, as part of the sector’s wider interest in being recognised as a creative industry.
Michael Hirst, chairman of the BVEP, said: “this visit was a real eye opener on the extensive attractions and facilities Bristol has to offer to both business and leisure visitors. We were very impressed by the enthusiasm and vision of Destination Bristol in making the city one of the leading event destinations in Britain.”
The meeting took place in Brunel’s SS Great Britian, the iconic ship turned maritime museum in Bristol’s harbourside. Other visits were made to the Harbour Hotel, Aerospace Bristol, the new events venue where the Concorde is housed, and Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City football club. Ashton Gate is currently making plans for a new arena and conference centre.
John Hirst, chief executive of Destination Bristol, said: “We were delighted to host our visitors here in Bristol and especially to see the delight and surprise of those attending. Bristol has made great progress in recent years with lots more still to come. We look forward to welcoming more visitors in the future and showing them even more of our great city.”