With only a few weeks to go until the Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2014, taking place on June 5th at the Novotel London West, I wanted to share with you some of the conversations I have had with the impressive speaker panel that has been confirmed for this year. When asked where they saw British hospitality and tourism progressing over the next 5 years, Richard Lewis, CEO for Interchange & Consort Hotels was confident that Britain would increase its industry share to the economy by 5% and create an additional 250,000 jobs with 75% of those in the under 25 age group. Patrick Dempsey OBE added his commitment and energy behind youth employment opportunities and Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants will be creating 2000 apprenticeships and 4500 work placements as part of its role in the Big Hospitality Conversation which is championed by the British Hospitality Association.
Christopher Rodrigues CBE, Chairman, VisitBritain said it would continue to deliver visitor record numbers. Gordon Innes, Chief Executive, London & Partners also sees London being a top 5 world city for the meetings market and foresees that London will welcome 3.8 million more overseas visitors than in 2013, an increase of 23%.
However, growth won’t be without pain, Clive Jacobs, Chairman, Travel Weekly Group says that hospitality and tourism will need support and innovation from Government. Visa access, additional runway space and a lower rate of VAT are only 3 of the factors that need to be addressed if operators are to flourish in the coming years.
The Hospitality & Tourism Summit will continue these conversations and directly ask government and industry professionals what they are doing to drive hospitality & tourism to the UK.
Register now and be part of shaping the future for the hospitality and tourism industry.
I look forward to seeing you on the 5th June.
Alan Parker CBE
Chairman, British Hospitality Association