The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced a £250,000 boost to improve broadband in venues, as part of the Government’s tourism sector deal investment.

Tourism minister, Rebecca Pow, has launched a competition for venues and conference centres across the UK to apply for funding to enhance their broadband infrastructure and to help them attract more international business events. The investment will help to boost the £32 billion business events sector.

Applications for funding will be open to event venues with conference facilities, including hotels and event centres, that bid for – or plan to bid for – events, which attract international delegates.

Winners will be able to upgrade their existing connectivity to full fibre broadband, which will support faster data speeds and higher usage volumes. This forms part of the Government’s commitment to rollout the required digital infrastructure to create more opportunities for businesses. Venues will be able to offer more interactive content, and organisers can live stream the events to international audiences.

Rebecca Pow, tourism minister for the DCMS, commented: “We want the UK to attract the biggest and best international business events to help grow our economy and encourage trade and investment.

“Ensuring our conference facilities can deliver the connectivity and facilities organisers want and need is crucial to help achieve this and there is a great deal of scope to expand this area.

“Our tourism sector deal is providing a broadband boost to the country’s business events industry, and I would encourage all eligible venues to apply.”