UKEVENTS UPDATES (20.04.2023) – AEME Open Letter to Government | Briefing on Just Stop Oil targeting events | EIF Training Sessions | TA Weekly Update.

This week update covers the following:  

  • AEME Open Letter to Government – This clearly links to the UKEVENTS Skills, Talent and Diversity priorities on routes into the industry so will be of particular interest to that Working Group and for feeding through to the Hospitality & Tourism Skills Board too.
  • Police Report on Just Stop Oil – EIF shared this attached briefing on Just Stop Oil targeting events.   
  • EIF training – Funded spots available on their Disability Equality & Customer Service Training Sessions.
  • TA Weekly Update – 20th April 2023.

AEME – Open Letter to Government

Dear colleagues,

The Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE), working in partnership with The Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) and The Association for Events Management Education (AEME) have produced an Open Letter to government which responds to policy changes affecting Further and Higher Education in the UK. The letter, which highlights the importance and value of tourism, hospitality and events to the economy, sets out six points which we are asking Government to consider. We would like to ask colleagues to sign and support this letter, and to share it more widely.

The Letter can be found here –

If you could share this letter with your networks, we will, once we have a reasonable number of signatures, circulate this to DCMS, BEIS, DfE and our media contacts and other stakeholders. This activity will be a precursor to the October conference.

Best regards,

Adrian Bossey

Chair of AEME

Head of Business & Experience Design

Cornwall Business School

Faculty of Business & Design at Falmouth University 

EIF – Funded spots available on our Disability Equality & Customer Service Training Sessions

Some of your members might be interested in the following funded Disability, Equality & Customer Service Training which are available from Attitude is Everything, who EIF has recently helped with a grant.

More information about these sessions can be found on our website here: Events Industry Forum funded training places – Attitude is Everything

There are apparently a few spaces left on the session this Saturday 22nd from 10am-1pm.

Further sessions are planned below:

Wednesday 3rd May 10am-1pm

Saturday 3rd June 10am-1pm

Tuesday 13th June 1-4pm

Thursday 6th July 10am-1pm

Monday 17th July 1-4pm

In this update… 20th April 2023
Update on short-term lets registration consultation
Update on consultation on a new Use Class for short-term lets – your views welcome
Lib Dem Tourism Breakfast Briefing Reserve your spot at the Tourism Alliance AGM – 7th June 2023    

Update on short-term lets registration consultation

You will recall from last week’s TA Weekly Update that the consultation on a registration scheme for short-term lets has been published by DCMS. The TA Short Term Lets and Registration Policy Working Group, Chaired by Alistair Handyside, has been diving into the proposals and the questions in detail. We will be circulating a briefing note next week for members going through the consultation and providing some pointers and guidance for you if your organisations wishes to make a submission.

We will be following that up with a webinar at some point w/b 8 May which will confirm when we circulate our briefing note. That will be an opportunity for members to ask questions. Before then we have a session with some DCMS officials where we will try and get as much clarity as possible where we need it so we can be fully informed before the webinar.

So, stand by for all that

Consultation document: Consultation on a registration scheme for short-term lets in England

Update on consultation on a new Use Class for short-term lets – your views welcome

You will also recall that, alongside the DCMS-led consultation on statutory registration, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) launched a consultation to run concurrently on possible changes to planning law.

The proposal is to crate a new use class for temporary sleeping accommodation and an associated permitted development right which would mean that local authorities would essentially have the option of requiring some properties in their area to apply for permission to move between these two Use Classes where it is considered necessary locally. The Government says ‘this should apply to the smallest geographical area possible and could therefore be focussed on those areas or streets that see the highest numbers of short term lets, or individual properties.’

We are working with members on what this might mean for tourism businesses, how it might be implemented and the impacts it will have. We are keen to hear from your organisation on this. Once you have started to gather views and thoughts on this planning proposal please do keep us in the loop. Contact us via and let us know your direction of travel on this consultation. Consultation document: Introduction of a use class for short term lets and associated permitted development rights    

Lib Dem Tourism Breakfast Briefing    
Thanks to colleagues who came along to our Lib Dem Tourism Breakfast Briefing. We had a good session with Jamie Stone MP, the Lib Dems’ DCMS spokesperson, and former leader, Tim Farron MP, who is a big champion for tourism and has been a really strong ally on Youth Mobility and other issues.

We briefed the MPs on a number of live sector issues including the two active consultations mentioned above, youth mobility, youth and student group travel, ETAs, and business rates.

With especial thanks to Historic Houses for hosting.

We are looking forward to further Tourism Breakfast Briefings with more MPs and others in the coming months.    

Reserve your spot at the Tourism Alliance AGM – 7th June 2023        
You will recall that we gave you advance notice of the 2023 Tourism Alliance Annual General Meeting
On Wednesday 7th June
Between 1100-1230
At the offices of ABTA, 30 Park St, London SE1 9EQ

As well as the usual AGM business, we are pleased to announce that the current interim Chair of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, and former First Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Damian Green MP (Cons, Ashford), will be speaking at the AGM.

The AGM is open to all Tourism Alliance members and registration is now open.  
Reserve your seat at the Tourism Alliance AGM