British Hospitality Association announces Hospitality and Tourism Summit date

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has announced that the 2013 Hospitality and Tourism Summit will be held on Tuesday, June 11th this year.

Sponsored by InterContinental Hotels Group, DLA Piper and Nestlé Professional, the event will have a host of industry professionals on hand to speak with guests about the hot issues within catering and hospitality.

Among the guests signed up to appear at the event are James Berresford, the chief executive of Visit England, Karen Friebe, partner at DLA Piper and Stephen McCall, managing Director, UK and Ireland, at InterContinental Hotels Group.

They will all join Nestlé Professional's brand manager Paula Moon and Andrew Taylor, the national head of leisure at RBS Commercial Banking.

While there will be a number of topics discussed at the event, the main issue will be of recruitment and growing careers within the industry. Promoting young talent to the fore will also take centre stage.

The BHA will also use the event as a forum for discussing its Big Conversation for Hospitality scheme, with senior industry leaders encouraged to converse with government ministers on how best to create training schemes and apprenticeships.

The event will also see a good deal of emphasis placed on growing following the momentum of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ufi Ibrahim, the chief executive of the BHA, said the industry should look to show ambition in 2013.

He said: "2013 will be the time to start actively realising our ambitions, and crucial to our ongoing success is the need to invest in our best resource, our young people."

Neil Stephens, Nestlé's professional managing director, added that his firm has a responsibility to help bring forward the next generation of workers in the industry.

"We have a collective responsibility to invest time and resource in nurturing and developing talent – in particular young talent – and creating opportunities that will either generate employment or make people employment-ready," he said.

"It’s for the greater good of both the hospitality industry and the wider economy."

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