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The BHA Summit releases speaker line up for 5th June

The BHA’s Hospitality and Tourism Summit 2014 is the ‘Davos’ for the industry and this year sees its biggest ever line up of speakers who will meet together on 5th June at the Novotel London West to discus the future of the industry.  The theme for the 2014 Summit is about making ideas happen to create a strong future.

Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of The British Hospitality Association said: “Now in its third year, the 2014 Hospitality & Tourism Summit is set to be the biggest yet.  These are exciting times for the hospitality industry.  Our political capital has never been higher and this Summit will be the opportunity to reaffirm our industry’s united voice to government and to demonstrate our strength as an engine of economic growth and jobs. The Summit is the opportunity for our industry to come together and agree upon actions which will help to ultimately shape the future of hospitality and tourism.”

The speakers headlining the Summit are announced today and include:
·         Eric Bellquist, Partner, Hutton Collins
·         Arnaud Bertrand, Founder and CEO, HouseTrip SA
·         Amanda Brady, HR Director, Premier Inn and Shared Services
·         Lady Penny Cobham, Chairman, Visit England
·         Patrick Dempsey OBE, Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants
·         Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director UK and Ireland, Accor
·         Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Scottish Parliament
·         John Forrest, Chief Operating Officer, Premier Inn
·         Ariane Gorin, Vice President Market Management for EMEA, Expedia
·         Andrew Guy, Chief Executive, Ed’s Easy Diner Holdings Ltd
·         Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid
·         Gordon Innes, CEO, London & Partners
·         Clive Jacobs, Chairman Travel Weekly Group Limited
·         Adam Jay, Vice President of Global Product for Hotels.com
·         Richard Lewis, CEO Interchange & Consort Hotels, Best Western Hotels, Beacon Purchasing
·         Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London
·         Asier Sinde, Samsung Electronics Europe
·         Stephen McCall, Chief Operating Officer UK&I and Head of Europe Operations Performance and Support, InterContinental Hotels Group
·         Alan Parker CBE, Chairman, British Hospitality Association
·         Christopher Rodrigues CBE, Chairman, VisitBritain
·         Mark Roper, Vice President & General Manager UK and Nordics, Global Merchant Services, American Express Payment Services Limited
·         Robin Rowland, CEO YO! Sushi
·         Mike Saul, Managing Director, Hospitality & Leisure, Barclays
·         Jim Souter, CEO, Think Hotel Apartments
·         Neil Stephens, UK&I Managing Director, Nestlé Professional
·         Alastair Storey, Chairman and Chief Executive, Westbury Street Holdings (WSH)
·         Simon Vincent, President EMEA, Hilton Worldwide   

As well as its high profile speaker platform, this year’s Summit will also feature breakout sessions and round table discussions, designed to encourage debate, particularly on lobbying issues that will become critical ahead of the next government election in 2015, such as jobs and growth, international competitiveness, infrastructure, technology and funding.

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