Hospitality and Tourism Summit to see Ed Balls take to the stage as keynote speaker


It’s been announced that Ed Balls will be the keynote speaker at the Hospitality and Tourism Summit on June 6, just two days before the general election.

Hosted by Radio 4’s Steve Richards, Balls, fresh from his stint at Strictly Come Dancing, will give guests his insight into the election campaign, as well as join in on discussions about EU immigration, business rates rises, and the threat of home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb.

This year’s event is being held in London on June 6 at The Grand Connaught Rooms.

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The Summit is four Summits in one, each concentrating on a different part of the industry.

The first concerns restaurants and how eating habits are changing; the second turns the spotlight on aviation and how connectivity is vital to the hospitality sector.

The third looks into distribution and technology and how booking is changing and how the rise of Online Travel Agencies is changing the game; and the fourth opens the door to Serviced Apartments and aparthotels and their potential threat to traditional hotels.

The event is a collaboration between organisations and their events including The British Hospitality Association Summit, the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF), Serviced Apartment Summit, the Hotel Distribution Event, AviaDev and the Airport Operators Association.

Ufi Ibrahim, the chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “We make no apology about introducing a political theme to our Summit but along with that we have a fantastic line up of topics and speakers this year which should be of interest to many sectors of our industry. Coupled with the timing of the election and the launch of the BHA’s own manifesto for politicians of all parties, the day promises to be one not to miss.”

For the full itinerary, list of speakers – and how to book your ticket – see

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