Business events will be given the green light to go ahead from October to boost the UK’s cash-strapped tourism and hospitality sector, it has been announced.
According to the Government, large-scale corporate events and conferences will be allowed to open to visitors to provide a “welcome boost to visitor numbers during the off-peak tourist season”.
The latest statistics suggest that the corporate events sector attracts more than 38 million international visitors every year and contributes some £32.6 billion to the UK economy annually.
Commenting on the announcement, Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Business events and conferences are a key part of our visitor economy and this is an important step in getting them back up and running safely.
“Pilots will help inform our plans for the return of the sector in October with guests and staff adhering to social distancing and measures introduced to reduce close contact.
“The UK has a great reputation in staging fantastic events that help drive growth for many different sectors and this will give the business event sector the certainty it needs to plan for the future.”
Pilots in key venues will run ahead of October to “plan for a return to large-scale events and test how best to implement social distancing practises”. It is believed this will include measures such as digital booking and registration systems, reduced visitor capacity, one-way systems for guests and frequent hand washing facilities.
Further guidance to help businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry have been published here.
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