UKEVENTS UPDATES (30.03.2023) – APPG for Events | SASiE Report | Scottish National Events Strategy Review Public Consultation | TA Weekly Update.

Latest News from The APPG For Events

Read the press released after its official Annual General Meeting on 29th March 2023: UKEVENTS – APPG for Events Re-Elects Rt Hon Theresa Villiers as Chair

Latest Research Update – SASiE Report

The latest report, released on 27th March 2023, shows that the number of major exhibitions held in the UK’s main exhibition venues in 2022 was almost back to pre-Covid levels, showing significant recovery with some indicators on a par or up on 2019 and highlighting the resilience of our industry. Read press release here: UKEVENTS – Events Industry Alliance launches the 2022 SASiE report

Details on the Scottish National Events Strategy Review – Public Consultation

The public consultation to support the review was launched on 24th March 2023. The consultation questionnaire can be found on the citizen space platform and will run for a period of 14 weeks, concluding on 30 June 2023. Alongside the main consultation we have published Easy Read and Gaelic versions as well as an accompanying BRIA (business and regulatory impact assessment). We hope partners across the private, public and third sectors all get involved in sharing their opinions and experiences.

VisitScotland’s Events Directorate is supporting the consultation exercise and will coordinate a series of in-person and hybrid Regional Event Industry Engagement Workshops across the country during the consultation period.

We hope you can see how your thoughts and ideas have helped shape the consultation. We still encourage you to respond to the consultation via the survey on the citizen space website. This will ensure that your views are included in the analysis of all responses to the consultation, which will shape the refreshed strategy. It also gives you the opportunity to reiterate any important points.

We look forward to receiving your response to the consultation. In the meantime, please share this consultation with your own networks. If you have any questions, please contact the major events mailbox.

Tourism Alliance Weekly Update – 30th March 2023

Members’ Weekly Update
In this update…30th March 2023
ETW wash up and slides
Tourism Recovery Plan – update on delivery
Tourism Alliance Liberal Democrat Breakfast Briefing – registration now open
Tourism Alliance Annual
General MeetingMartyn’s Law Home Office workshops
TIC interest in productivity and seasonality
Board nominations deadline – one week today

ETW wash up and slidesEveryone who attended the Tourism Insights Conference and English Tourism
Week Parliamentary reception should now have received an email including slides and a feedback form.
A reminder to fill in that feedback if you have not already done so. And thanks again for making both
events enjoyable and productive.

For those of you who were unable to join us you can download the slide pack from our website.
The pack contains some really great insight from our varied speakers.


Tourism Recovery Plan – update on delivery
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published an update on the delivery of the
Government’s Tourism Recovery Plan.

The update goes through the plan’s six objectives and looks at what has already been delivered, what
is in progress, and what still needs to be done.

The Government believes that domestic tourism has now recovered to 2019 levels, but notes that its
target of recovering international visitors to 2019 levels by the end of this year will be missed, and
now the Government’s target it to hit that level by the end of 2024 instead. 

The full report is definitely worthy of a download.

Tourism Alliance Liberal Democrat Breakfast Briefing – registration now open

We are pleased to announce this year’s first Tourism Alliance Breakfast Briefing. This event will be with
the Liberal Democrat’s DCMS Spokesperson, Jamie Stone MP (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
and former Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron MP (Westmorland and Lonsdale).

This will be an informal opportunity for Jamie and Tim to meet key tourism policy leaders from across
the Tourism Alliance and for us to brief them on key policy areas of interest to the sector.

On Tuesday 18th April
Between 0830-1000
At the offices of Historic Houses, 25-27 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PP

Tickets are extremely limited by the size of the room, so this is a question of first-come-first served.
Tickets are reserved to members of the Tourism Alliance and only one place per organisation.

In order to cover costs we are charging £30+VAT for each place. 

With thanks to Historic Houses for hosting this breakfast briefing.

Reserve your Breakfast Briefing place now

Tourism Alliance Annual General Meeting

You will recall that we gave you advance notice of the 2023 Tourism Alliance Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday 7th JuneBetween 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 2023 AGM

Martyn’s Law Home Office workshopsThe Home Office will be hosting a series of workshops around the
UK in May on the upcoming Martyn’s Law, which will ensure stronger protections against terrorism in
public places. These will be full day workshops where the Home Office will provide attendees with
information on Martyn’s Law, and help to scope how the legislation will work in practice. Officials will
also be seeking your views on what is needed from the Home Office to make Martyn’s Law a success. 

We have been asked to circulate the details below in case your organisation may have an interest in
this new law.

 We invite all owners, operators, and those with responsibility for public premises to apply for one of
a series of workshops around the UK covering Martyn’s Law.   Attending one of these workshops will
allow you to hear about plans for the upcoming legislation and help to scope how the legislation will
work in practice, including opportunities to contribute to requirements on advice and guidance.  
Pre-reading will be required, and on the day members of the policy team behind Martyn’s Law will be
on hand to answer questions and discuss specific issues. We encourage applications from those with an
interest, regardless of whether you have any security-related experience.  Workshops will last for one
day (0930-1600). There is no cost to attendees for the workshop, and tea, coffee, water and lunch will
be provided. The Home Office will not fund any travel or accommodation costs associated with your

Dates and locations for the workshops are as follows:

02/05/23 London
04/05/23 Cardiff
09/05/23 Birmingham
16/05/23 Carlisle
17/05/23 Durham
23/05/23 Belfast
30/05/23 Edinburgh 

Please apply for one of the workshops at the below link, if you have any questions in the interim,
please email  The deadline for all applications is 07/04/2023.

You will be notified if your application has been successful by 19/04/2023.

TIC interest in productivity and seasonality

The newly reconstituted Tourism Industry Council met last week with a focus on improving productivity in the tourism industry. We had a useful discussion and debate around various aspects of this issue including skills and workforce, seasonality, and regional dispersal.

I am keen to zero in on seasonality and look at small and large things the Governemnt can do to help address it, recongising that tacking seasonality has been an ongoing issue for decades, and we’re
not going to solve it overnight.

If your organisation has any research, papers, or policy documents which you think could help in pulling something together for TIC on this, or if you would like a chat about it, please get in touch
with me on Richard.Toomer@tourismalliance.comBoard nominations deadline – one week today
Full and Associate members of the Alliance will recall that nominations for the Board are now open. Please remember, that nominations close one week from today – Thursday 6th April at 1700. Please make sure you have sent in the correct in plenty of time. Any questions around the process, please check the original email to the main TA contact in each member association, or contact me on