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UK Government support for experience economy – call for feedback

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The Department of International Trade and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in the UK are asking for feedback from the attractions industry on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the need for Government support.

The news has been full of stories of the devastating impact of the coronavirus lock-down on the high street, F&B and retail. The experience economy, like hospitality and retail, is at the forefront of sectors most devastated by this situation. Government support is likely to be a large part of the survival strategies of many businesses.

Feedback on support needed

The Department of International Trade (DIT) and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are both interested in hearing from creative industries. They want to understand three key issues related to international trade for the leisure industry:

1. How has the current situation affected trade and investment activity in your sector?

2. What can we do in the short (6 months) and medium-term (12 months) to restart trade and investment activity in your sector?

3. How could the Government help and where should support be directed?

DIT and DCMS have called an exceptional meeting of the Creative Industries Trade & Investment Board on Tuesday 21 April to discuss how government can help the creative industries.

Graham Stuart MP, DIT, Minister for Exports and Caroline Dineage MP, DCMS, Minister of State for Digital and Culture want to hear how each sub-sector of the creative industries are being affected. The experience economy (leisure and culture providers, such as theme parks, museums and more) will be represented by Lizzy Moriarty at this meeting and she is keen to hear specifically about these three issues.

The Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board (CITIB) has been set up to boost the creative industries’ export performance.  It is an industry-led advisory board for DCMS/DIT and Treasury. CITIB is involved in the UK Government’s plans and investment for the creative industries and charged with recommending long-term strategic decisions for the government’s trade and investment policy and trade negotiations.

The deadline for feedback is Monday 20 April. To contribute, contact Moriarty by email.

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Charlotte Coates

Charlotte Coates is Features Editor at Blooloop. She is from Brighton, UK and previously worked as a librarian. She has a strong interest in arts, culture and information and graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature. Charlotte can usually be found either with her head in a book or planning her next travel adventure.

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