HL Deb 06 December 2001 vol 629 c159WA
Lord Harrison

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they wil help promote business tourism in the United Kingdom and within the European Union. [HL1624]

Baroness Blackstone

The British Tourist Authority (BTA) has a dedicated Business Tourism department which brings together buyers and suppliers internationally and markets business tourism professionally.

The Government have also supported the creation of the Business Tourism Partnership as a voice for this diverse sector. We have encouraged the recent joint initiative between the partnership and Trade Partners UK (TPUK), in conjunction with the DTI, to stimulate trade development opportunities and attract more international conferences and exhibitions to the UK. Business tourism can also take advantage of a range of government schemes to help business promote innovation, regeneration and export earnings.