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The Meetings Industry Association reacts to Boris Johnson’s resignation


The Meetings Industry Association has reacted to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation.

Kerrin MacPhie, Chief Executive of the mia, said: “We feel that Boris Johnson’s resignation potentially provides an opportunity for the business meetings and events sector as it really feels like wholesale change is in the air.

“Despite the distractions of the inevitable leadership challenge and subsequent ministerial appointments, we may potentially witness positive change such as visa conditions and immigration rules being relaxed. This will assist us to attract the much-needed workforce that left the UK post-Brexit and help business meetings and events thrive, providing much confidence to all – both domestically and internationally.”

She added: “We will have to see how things unfold but what is clear is that collaboration and staying connected as a sector has never been more important.”

About the mia

The mia is one of the fastest growing associations in the conference, meetings and events sector, founded by a proactive group of hotel and conference centre operators and booking agents to lead the conference, meetings and events industry, providing accreditation, industry awards, research and a voice to government.


The mia supports over 700 members by:

  • Providing extensive regional networking opportunities on a monthly basis.
  • Helping them to achieve the highest standards of facilities and service through achievement of AIM, the industry standard of quality and excellence.
  • Providing a library of best practice and quality standards guidelines.
  • Promoting AIM to industry buyers.
  • Delivering tangible benefits which support members in the achievement of their own business goals.
  • By the provision of information, education, research and advice all of which lead to improved business performance.
  • By sharing issues of sector importance with them.
  • By raising the profile of business tourism with government.