Hospitality speakers from the US, UK, and Australia have been announced for the New Zealand Hospitality Conference this July.

The conference is back in-person after a two-year hiatus with the theme “The Future of Hospitality”.

It will featuring presentations and workshops that look at multiple categories across the industry – from technology, sustainability, and the future of our workforce, to ventilation systems, beer production, and events.

The latest speakers to be confirmed are Michael Rodrigues, Sydney’s 24-hour Economy Commissioner, and Monica Galetti, a judge for 13 years on the UK’s Masterchef: The Professionals.

They join New York restaurateur Danny Meyer; Las Vegas business magnate Shane Green and I AM HOPE mental health ambassador Mike King.

Michael Rodrigues is Sydney’s 24-hour Economy Commissioner. He drives a 24-hour Economy Strategy designed to shape Sydney’s night-time economy. It includes a programme to establish a network of 24-hour economy hubs across Sydney, each offering a distinct experience, and well connected by efficient transport options.

Monica Galetti is one of New Zealand’s most successful chefs. She has worked in London’s Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche, and for the past 13 years has been a judge on the TV series MasterChef: The Professionals.

The full programme for the conference will be announced soon but will include workshops on the future of the workforce, the future of technology, the future of Sustainability with the Container Return Scheme, and legislation such as the Fair Pay agreement, and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.

“We need to be around the table for things like the Fair Pay agreements, the Sale and Supply of Alcohol, and other compliance costs heading our way, such as the Container Return Scheme,” says Hospitality NZ’s Julie White.

“With Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) due to come up for renewal later this year, members need to be across what’s happening there.

“This is such an important part of the overall hospitality experience so this is the exact right time to have critical conversations around what local alcohol policies could look like moving forward. What does the future of LAPs look like? This is a must-attend for people who have an alcohol licence,” says White.

“Post-Covid, rebuilding the future our key priorities are people, creating partnerships, and retraining people so the industry can take advantage of what’s coming to move forward with confidence.

“The future of the workforce is one the biggest issues for us as an industry, and it’s incredibly important we put a microscope on that.”

The conference is on the 26-27 July at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland. For more information, click here.

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