DCMS Minister Michael Ellis MP will discuss the future of the UK’s hospitality sector at next month’s UKHospitality conference, Shaping the Future.

The Minister has been unveiled by UKHospitality as a headline speaker at the trade association’s first premier event under the new branding. Mr Ellis will join a range of industry leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, including: Peter Martin, CGA Strategy; Steve Richards, Casual Dining Group; Peter Gowers, Travelodge and Peter Marks, Deltic.

Michael Ellis MP said: “Hospitality is a key part of our thriving tourism industry. It generates billions of pounds for the UK economy and supports thousands of jobs.

“I’m delighted that this innovative sector now has a stronger, more focused and unified voice to engage with Government. I look forward to joining industry leaders and key partners to discuss their future plans.”

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Our first conference is shaping up to be a great one and we are very excited to be able to hear from a Minister working to promote the sector at the heart of Government.

“The conference will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from some of the most influential and knowledgeable men and women in the sector and a chance to ensure that UKHospitality, in its first year, gets off to the best possible start.”