It is our pleasure to announce that we have been appointed by the Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) as special advisors to the newly created UK Events Industry Board.

The board will be chaired by Nick de Bois, who will report into the Minister for Tourism and subsequently the Inter-Ministerial Group on Tourism, and the GREAT programme Board and will consist of a number of highly senior and influential members of the UK events industry. The EIB will also be joined by a further number of senior officials and representatives from government departments including DCMS and UK Trade & Industry (UKTI).

Our role as special advisors will be to have direct responsibility for communications and industry relations.

Commenting on the boards formation, Tourism Minister Tracey Crouch said: “The UK boasts a world-leading events industry that contributes around £40 billion to the economy and draws hundreds of thousands of business visitors to our shores every year. “This board will bring together leaders from across the sector to help us build on the success of this growing industry.”

The make up of the EIB represents a strong mix of leading government and industry bodies responsible for influencing and attracting international events to the UK and growing existing event activity, as well as individuals whose experience of international competitiveness in the sector will be invaluable as the EIB seeks to fully implement the recommendations of the Business Visits and Events Strategy, published in April last year.

Chair Nick de Bois said: “It’s been a long time coming, but I am delighted that the business events sector has the opportunity to work closely with government to help identify and drive new business for the sector and for Britain. I am grateful to the new board members who have so willingly given up their valuable time to support this exciting opportunity. Now the work begins.”