Tourism minister Tracey Crouch has been confirmed as keynote speaker at next week's Hospitality and Tourism Summit, organised by the British Hospitality Association (BHA).
She will be among a stellar line-up, which includes mayor of London Boris Johnson, trade minister Jonathan Bell and hospitality industry heavyweights who will discuss how best to increase UK hospitality's competitiveness on the world stage.
Taking place at Novotel London West on 30 June, the summit will address the issues of economics, finance, food policy, digital commerce, talent and leadership in the hospitality industry.
Among the topics up for discussion, the effect of EU policies on the industry will be debated by a panel including WSH chairman and chief executive Alastair Storey, D&D London managing director and Restaurant Association chairman David Loewi, and Food Standards Agency director Rod Ainsworth.
Meanwhile, Jumeirah Group president Gerald Lawless, the Travel Corporation chief executive Brett Tollman, and Wyndham Worldwide senior vice president Faith Taylor will be among those exploring what the government can do to promote growth.
"Now more than ever we seek to secure the commitment of government, influencers and the community to help us win on key issues for the industry. We have proof that this works - with strength in numbers we achieved a major breakthrough on improved visa access for Chinese tourists.
"We remain focused on delivering progress on price competitiveness (VAT), digital competitiveness, obtuse planning regulations, skills shortages and employment legislation."