The Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2016 speaker line-up announced

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The speaker line up has now been revealed for The Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2016, which takes place on June 27.

Speakers from across the hospitality world will come together at the event, hosted at The Grange St Pauls Hotel, London and organised by British Hospitality Association and Bench Events, with highlights including culture Secretary John Whittingdale and former Conservative party leader Lord Hague.

Taking place four days after the EU referendum, the event will be the government’s first platform to address to results and voice the impact the decision will have on our industry.

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The British Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2016 will have a theme this year of ‘being connected’, with workshops and discussions focused on key topics relating to the sector’s need to work together in an ever-changing environment.

Diversity, the challenges of the digital economy, investment, employment law and the challenges of connecting to the wider world will also be on the agenda.

Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the BHA said: “If you attend one event this year, it should be the BHA Summit 2016. The timing couldn’t be more critical – 27th June, just four days after the EU referendum. As the fourth largest industry in the UK, our voice matters, and this will be the moment when the industry comes together to help plan for our future, either in or out of the EU.”

David Norgrove, chair of the Low Pay Commission will discuss the National Living Wage, Apprenticeship Levy, employment policy and how it affects the hospitality and tourism industry.

And the chief executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein, will talk about how putting the city before politics – and building connections with businesses – enabled Manchester to become a thriving and influential city, and a champion of hospitality and tourism.

Ibrahim added: “The Hospitality and Tourism Summit on 27th is the most influential event of its kind and this year we have the best ever speaker-line up.

“It gives people working in and with the industry the chance to connect with industry leaders, agenda-setters and members of the government and the media for discussions that will shape our future path towards growth.


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