Boris Johnson to address hospitality industry


London Mayor Boris Johnson is among the names set to address the hospitality industry tomorrow when he gives a keynote speech at the British Hospitality Association annual conference.

He will join fellow MPs Tracey Crouch, under-secretary of state for sport, tourism and heritage, and Jonathan Bell, minister for enterprise, trade and investment, Northern Ireland, who will also address delegates during the event.

The 2015 Hospitality & Tourism Summit is being held at the Novotel London West and will be the fourth that the BHA has run. It brings together an audience of business leaders, politicians and advisers to debate and discuss how the industry and government can respond to an increasingly competitive global economic landscape to nurture the success of the UK through the potential of hospitality and tourism.

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Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive for the British Hospitality Association, said: “Hospitality and tourism is growing at a phenomenal pace in the UK and across the world. Our mission is to grow the size of the prize for the UK hospitality and tourism industry — more visitors, more investment and more careers. Now more than ever we seek to secure the commitment of government, influencers and the community to help us win on key issues for the industry.

“We have proof that this works — with strength in numbers we achieved a major breakthrough on improved visa access for Chinese tourists. We remain focused on delivering progress on price competitiveness (VAT), digital competitiveness, obtuse planning regulations, skills shortages and employment legislation.”

Topics covered during the event will include economics, finance, food policy, digital commerce, talent and leadership.

Delegates will hear from prominent speakers from within the industry and external stakeholders such as the European Commission, Food Standards Agency, Welsh Government, PwC, Barclays, Nestlé Professional, Sky, Expedia, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, TripAdvisor, Google and Discover Financial Services.


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