Uncertain Future

Visit Britain, Visit England and COI face uncertain future in government review

The government could axe or significantly change at least six major quangos that have a direct impact on the event industry, according to a leaked report.

Visit Britain and Visit England's futures are 'still to be decided' and English Heritage, home of many event venues, is set to be merged with two other heritage quangos.

The quangos, or quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations, are part of hundreds being reviewed by the new government with some very important and well-known ones being axed altogether.

Also facing an anxious wait is the Central Office of Information that, having already been forced to shed some jobs, also falls into the 'still to be decided' column.

On the Olympic front, the Olympic Delivery Authority, liaising with many venues and suppliers with regards to delivering the Olympic infrastructure, is to remain in place, but the body in charge of securing a future for Olympic venues, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), is set to be abolished altogether.

On the venue side, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, which many will be surprised to find is a quango, is another with which that the government has still to decide what to do.

The report, 'Summary of Public Body Reform Proposals', and dated 26 August 2010, was leaked to BBC One's Politics Show.

Source: Event Magazine Sept 10

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