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January 2015 News

January 2015 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Join us in person or online for FoodWorx on February 7
Tools We Love: This Month: ScheduleOnce.com
We’ve Got a MacBook to Sell with Lots of Extras!
2019 Summit Finalists Announced
Start a Consulate or Embassy
Academic Culinary Tourism Conference Slated for October
Wellness Tourism Report Available

Join Us Feb. 7 in Portland for FoodWorx
or Stream it Live!

Be part of the 3rd annual FoodWorx Conference – an exceptional event bringing together everyone who loves food to discuss issues, network with experts, collaborate with other passionate foodies and inspire the future of the food and drink we love so much. FoodWorx is one varied day of expert speakers, demos, tastings and film clips from various segments of the industry as well as a Marketplace full of interesting new products to explore.

SEE SPEAKERS, SCHEDULE & REGISTER NOW

FoodWorx takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, one of the world’s most exciting food cities. FoodWorx will also be broadcasted online for those who cannot make the trip to Portland. Early bird tickets are sold out but regular tickets remain at US$109. Seating is limited and we expect to sell out. We also have a few exhibitor booths left (booths are US$299 and include a ticket to FoodWorx and also allow for on-site product sales!). MORE INFO & REGISTER NOW.

Special pre-FoodWorx Dinner Series. Next event: in Portland, January 16, featuring Maggie Michaels with the Curriculum of Cuisine for high school students. Learn more and register now. Seating is also very limited for this very special experience.

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Tools We Love
This Month: ScheduleOnce.com

We had been in love with another online scheduling tool called Youcanbook.me but we just learned about an even better one called ScheduleOnce.com. It’s a little more expensive than Youcanbook, but it’s features are better and it looks more professional. Their support was fantastic helping to get us set up and everything configured correctly. We’ve been using it for more than a month now and really enjoy it. You can see it in use on our website here.  We don’t get anything for referring you, but we think you’ll like it.

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We’ve got a Macbook to sell!

Yes, really. Preston Zeller on our team got himself a new Macbook and is selling his current Mac laden with lots of software goodies. Have a look at the listing here. His phone number is also on that listing so please contact him directly if you’re interested. He’ll ship it anywhere in the USA (shipping extra) or if you want to pick it up in person, he’s in the Portland, Oregon metro area with us.

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2019 Summit Finalist Destinations Announced

We’re pleased to announce the list of three finalist destinations for host destination of the 2019 World Food Travel Summit: 1) St. Petersburg, Russia; 2) Macau; and 3) San Juan, Puerto Rico. Over the next several months, our Summit committee will be doing more due diligence on each and performing detailed site visits. Stay tuned for updates!

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Do More for your Area:
Start a Consulate or Embassy

Want to formalize the relationship between your area and the Association? Consulates are great for cities and small regions. Embassies work for states/ provinces and countries. Both give you a comprehensive way to formalize your relationship with our Association and kick start food & drink tourism in your area. Learn More.

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Academic Culinary & Wine Tourism Conference
Vienna October 21-23, 2015

If you are an academic or researcher in food or drink tourism, then this conference is for you. Visit the conference website for more information. You will also find our World Food Travel Summit in Portugal April 6-11, 2015 of interest, as it looks at food and drink tourism from the business and practitioner side.

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Wellness Tourism Report Available
One of our strategic partners, Wellness Tourism Worldwide has identified 50 key findings addressing wellness in leisure and business travel in the United States. As a result of a year-long study, Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) is pleased to introduce a new model of engagement for wellness tourism.  The report, Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy is a game-changing reference to unify and influence industries not only to better meet consumer demand but also to serve public good.

States Camille Hoheb, WTW Founder & CEO, “ Many of the insights and observations we expect to be applicable worldwide.” Adding “Wellness tourism cuts across multiple sectors to stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and a more comprehensive approach to population health and economy.”

A culmination of U.S. consumer survey data and extensive research across multiple industries, the report can be used to understand how wellness travel can play a significant role in disease prevention, workplace wellness, vacation policy development, tourism development and destination marketing.  Over 40 tables and figures are in this comprehensive 100-page report resulting in a data-driven profile marketers can use to promote their brand. You can order the report from the home page of their website.

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December Newsletter

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December 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue:FoodWorx Now in its Third Year
Tools We Love: This Month: Slack.com
SavorSearch Beta Testing Expanded
Summit Bids Now Closed
Start a Consulate or Embassy
Thanks to Food & Drink Tour Operators
Congratulations to November’s CCTP Graduate

FoodWorx Conference Now in 3rd Year
Join Us Feb. 7 in Portland

Be part of FoodWorx – an exceptional event bringing together everyone who loves food to discuss issues, network with experts, collaborate with other passionate foodies and inspire the future of the food and drink we love so much. FoodWorx is one varied day of expert speakers, demos, tastings and film clips from various segments of the industry as well as a Marketplace full of interesting new products to explore.

SEE SPEAKERS, SCHEDULE & REGISTER NOW

FoodWorx takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, one of the world’s most exciting food cities. FoodWorx will also be broadcasted online for those who cannot make the trip to Portland. Special reduced price of only US$89 for the first 30 tickets purchased. Seating is limited and we expect to sell out.

Special pre-FoodWorx Dinner Series. Next event: in Portland, December 5, featuring Rouxbe’s Ken Rubin, VP of Culinary Training. Learn more. Seating is also very limited for this very special experience.

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Tools We Love: This Month: Slack.com

There’s a new kid in town called Slack and it’s poised to revolutionize how we communicate. Slack is kind of a replacement for email and instant messaging/chat. You can have workspaces, private direct messages, connect external applications, and a lot more. It’s brand new and is finding its way into all kinds of companies. We’re using it internally for our team’s communication and we’ve cut down on a lot of emails and the emailing of file attachments. We don’t get anything for referring you, but we think you’ll like it.

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SavorSearch Beta Testing Expands

Our internal beta testing is complete and this month, we’re rolling out our expanded beta testing to a wider audience. If you’d like to be notified when SavorSearch launches or a beta user invitation, tell us here. How is SavorSearch.com different from SavorSearch at the World Food Travel Summit? We explain it here.

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Mini News

Summit Bids Now Closed

Bids for future World Food Travel Summits are now closed. We got some great applications and our committee will be reviewing them this month. We will advise destinations that have been shortlisted by December 31 as to next steps. Thanks to all who submitted!

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Start a Consulate or EmbassyConsulates are great for cities and small regions. Embassies work for states/ provinces and countries. Both give you a comprehensive way to kick start food & drink tourism in your area. Learn More.Back to top.
Thanks to Food & Drink Tour Operators for Survey ResponsesThank you to the 100+ respondents of our first annual survey of food and drink tour operators. This is the first such survey ever conducted in the world. The survey is now closed but results will be published in our end of year report. To request your copy of the end of year report, be sure that you are subscribed to this newsletter.

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Congratulations to Our November 2014 CCTP GraduateSofia Martin upon completing her CCTP Certification intends to launch a culinary tour company based out of Southern California called Follow Your Taste Buds. The initial launch will include walking tours with plans to expand to abroad excursions in the near future.Back to top.
Get Social With UsTired of news by newsletter? Want news faster?
Follow our Twitter or Facebook:  www.worldfoodtravel.org/social

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The World Food Travel Association is the world’s leading authority on food and drink tourism. Our community is vast, with over 30,000 professionals in 135 countries, as well as prominent media outlets all over the globe. To get involved, visit our website to explore a number of ways, or get in touch here.

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ACE PROGRAM

WFTA EXPANDS NETWORK OF AMBASSADORS, CONSULATES & EMBASSIES

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the world’s leading authority on food and drink tourism, announces a new program to develop a world-wide network of consulates and embassies, augmenting its current network of more than 80 ambassadors. “ACE” stands for “Ambassadors, Consulates & Embassies.”

WHAT ARE CONSULATES & EMBASSIES?
Consulates and Embassies function like chapters of the Association, but without the financial oversight and strict legal attachment to the parent Association. Consulates are organizations that oversee cities and small regions, while Embassies are organizations that oversee areas the size of a state or province and countries. In a smaller geographic area, the Association is represented by Ambassadors, who are individuals. The Consulate program is brand new, while the Embassy program is just a few months old. So far, the Association maintains Embassies in Portugal, Macau and New Zealand.

INNOVATIVE WAY FOR ASSOCIATIONS TO GROW
“It’s an innovative way for Associations to grow. Local chapters want to benefit from the support and experience of a larger Association, but they don’t want an overbearing parent organization scrutinizing their every move. Local areas get our experience and help, and we get a footprint in their area. It’s a win-win.” said the Association’s Executive Director Erik Wolf.

HOW AREAS CAN START
To get started as a Consulate or Embassy, an organization needs to send an expression of interest to the Association. Organizations that are accepted pay a nominal annual fee and receive more than 3 dozen benefits, which can range from free attendance at all Association events, free enrollment in the Association’s Certification program, ability to bid on a future World or Regional Food Tourism Summit, a dedicated community manager, and regular monthly consultative meetings.

KICK STARTS AREAS WANTING TO DEVELOP FOOD TOURISM
“Developing an embassy relationship with the WFTA has enabled us to develop opportunities to promote New Zealand as a food tourism destination. The WFTA provides instrumental opportunities to network across the world in what is becoming one of the fastest growing tourism sectors” says Elle Armon-Jones, Head of Mission for the WFTA in New Zealand.

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (WFTA)
Eat Well, Travel Better – what the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) is all about. We believe that by offering unique and memorable food and drink experiences, tourists will have a better overall experience and return home raving fans of a business or destination. The WFTA is a non-governmental organization and the world’s leading authority on food tourism, supporting a community of over 30,000 professionals in 135 countries. Founded in 2003, the WFTA is at the forefront of food and drink tourism with cutting-edge tools to help today’s food, drink, travel, hospitality and media professionals to leverage food and drink as visitor attractions. For more information, email info(at)worldfoodtravel(dot)org or connect and share socially with the WFTA at www.worldfoodtravel.org/social or call (+1) 503-213-3700.

LINKS
All about Ambassadors, Consulates and Embassies (ACE) www.worldfoodtravel.org/ace
World Food Travel Association (WFTA) www.worldfoodtravel.org
WFTA’s social media links www.worldfoodtravel.org/social

KEYWORDS
Food, drink, travel, hospitality, food tourism, World Food Travel Association, embassy, ambassador, consulate, Erik Wolf, New Zealand, Macau, Portugal

Press Contact: World Food Travel Association

Erik Wolf, Executive Director
(+1) 503-213-3700
erik(at)worldfoodtravel(dot)org

PORTLAND, OREGON, USA, November 17, 2014

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November News

Introducing Ambassadors-Consulates-Embassies (ACE)
FoodWorx Now in its Third Year
28 Days Left! Food & Drink Tour Operator Survey
What are you doing next April 8-11?
Five fun tips for Foodie Travelers
SavorSearch Beta Testing Expanded
Tools we love: Copy.com
October’s CCTP Graduates

November 2014 Newsletter in this Issue:

Introducing A.C.E. Program: Ambassadors, Consulates & Embassies
We’re pleased to announce a major overhaul of our Ambassador and Embassy program, and the introduction of a new Consulate level for cities and small regions. Get a quick overview of the new program here. Embassies are our most comprehensive way to help you kick start food & drink tourism in your area. Interested? Our quick video overview will tell you more. Want more details? Email us here.

Q: What are you doing next April 8-11?
A: World Food Travel Summit in Portugal
The Summit is the world’s largest gathering of food and drink tourism-focused professionals. Find new business partners and get discovered! The Summit’s format now focuses more on networking and ways to help you connect with other delegates. Join us April 8-11, 2015 in the beautiful seaside town of Estoril, just a 25 minute drive outside Lisbon. We’re also pleased to announce that pre-tours are included in the registration cost! Just pay your transportation to the embarkation point you choose and then lodging, meals and sightseeing are included for the 2 days preceding the Summit (April 6-8). Check out the pre-tours, see the lineup of speakers or register now at www.WorldFoodTravelSummit.com.

FoodWorx Conference Now in its Third Year Join Us Feb. 7 in Portland
Be part of FoodWorx – an exceptional event bringing together everyone who loves food to discuss issues, network with experts, collaborate with other passionate foodies and inspire the future of the food and drink we love so much. FoodWorx is one varied day of expert speakers, demos, tastings and film clips from various segments of the industry as well as a Marketplace full of interesting new products to explore. SEE SPEAKERS, SCHEDULE & REGISTER NOW

FoodWorx takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, one of the world’s most exciting food cities. FoodWorx will also be broadcasted online for those who cannot make the trip to Portland. Special reduced price of only US$89 for the first 30 tickets purchased. Seating is limited and we expect to sell out. Special pre-FoodWorx Dinner Series. Next event: in Portland, December 5, featuring Rouxbe’s Ken Rubin, VP of Culinary Training. Learn more. Seating is also very limited for this very special experience.

Tools We Love: This month: Copy.com
We see eyes open wide and smiles on faces when we introduce our community to new tools that we love, and that you will love too. This month, we love Copy.com – think of it like an evolution of the antiquated Dropbox. For starters, the user interface is light years beyond Dropbox. You can actually see what you are doing! Plus, you start off with 15 GB of storage space, not Dropbox’s measly 2 GB. Try it out now and the first 5 people get an extra 5 GB of storage – that gives you 20 GB of no cost storage each year! (Full disclosure: we get an extra 5 GB too if you sign up but there’s no cost to you.)

SavorSearch Beta Testing Expands
Our internal beta testing is complete and this month, we’re rolling out our expanded beta testing to a wider audience. If you’d like to be notified when SavorSearch launches or a beta user invitation, tell us here. How is SavorSearch.com different from SavorSearch at the World Food Travel Summit? We explain it here.

Mini News

Destinations Reminded 2019 Summit Bids Due November 30
If your destination intends to submit a bid to hold a future World Food Travel Summit, please remember the deadline which is November 30. You can learn more about the Summit here, or visit the FAQ page or get help here.

5 Fun Tips for Foodie Travelers
Read the full story here.

28 DAYS LEFT: Calling all Food & Drink Tour Operators for a Survey
Our industry needs to know about your business! New for 2015! We’re surveying food and drink tour operators, guides and travel agents to get a temperature check on our industry. Many have asked about the nature and financial impact of food and drink tour operators in our sector. This is the first such survey to assess this. Please take a few minutes to help us complete the survey here. You can complete the survey 100% anonymously OR if you would like a copy of the report when it is done, or a chance to win a free copy of our Have Fork Will Travel book, just provide your contact details so we can fulfill your request. The choice is yours!

October book winners for completing the survey: Judith von Prockl, Gourmet on Tour (Shanghai/London) and Kence Georgey, Eco Trails Kerala (India)

Congratulations to Our October 2014 CCTP Graduates
Mariana Cardoso – Portugal
Nikhil Roy – Dubai, UAE
Sofia Martin – California, USA

Get Social with Us
Tired of news by newsletter? Want news faster? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook:
www.worldfoodtravel.org/social
This dedicated page features all of our social media links in 1 place.

FoodWorx Registration LIVE

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February 2015: Our Third Year of Innovation and Influence

Be part of FoodWorx – an exceptional event bringing together everyone who loves food to discuss issues, network with experts, collaborate with other passionate foodies and inspire the future of the food and drink we love so much. FoodWorx is one varied day of expert speakers, demos, tastings and film clips from various segments of the industry as well as a Marketplace full of interesting new products to explore.

SEE SPEAKERS, SCHEDULE & REGISTER NOW

FoodWorx takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, one of the world’s most exciting food cities. FoodWorx will also be broadcasted online for those who cannot make the trip to Portland.

NEW! PRE-FOODWORX DINNER SERIES:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 and FRIDAY, JANUARY 16

Dinner with Ken Rubin on Friday, December 5 - Seating is limited at this exclusive event so reserve your seat today!

Vice President of Culinary Training at Rouxbe Online Cooking School, Ken Rubin has graciously volunteered to speak for the first date of our Pre-FoodWorx Speaker Series. His talk is titled ‘Food. Sharing. Technology.’ and how the tools available to us are affecting the way we share food experiences. Imagne how much you use technology> Now think about how food impacts every aspect of your life. Ken’s talk promises to be powerful and inspiring, and something that all of us can relate to. Dr. Julie Briley and Tressa Yellig, two other Portland foodie luminaries will be speaking as well to round out the evening.

This two hour dinner experience will be held on Friday, December 5 from 6-8 pm in Charlee’s Kitchen at the National College of Natural Medicine. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic meal, hear from leading industry professionals and network with other passionate foodies before the FoodWorx conference on February 7. You don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity! Register for this special dinner today! More later on our January 16 speaker.

SEE SPEAKERS, SCHEDULE & REGISTER NOW

Questions? Visit our help page!

Sponsorships & Marketplace exhibition tables available – click to learn more. > Perfect for new food/drink product companies and businesses that serve them.

This year’s FoodWorx Conference would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors (thank you, and please support them):

The Oregonian/Oregon Live
Portland Radio Project
Whole Foods Market
US Bank
Sage Restaurant Group
Water Avenue Coffee
Steven Smith Tea Maker
Want to see your company on this list? Here’s how.

October News

In This Month’s Issue:

World Food Travel Summit Registration Now Open!

NEW! Food & Drink Tour Operator Survey

News from Macau-Australia-New Zealand-Indonesia

Responsible Food Travel

Google Trying to Replace Travel Agents?

SavorSearch in Beta Testing & On Schedule

Partner News

Newest CCTP Graduates

 

World Food Travel Summit Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2015 World Food Travel Summit & Consumer Food Travel Expo. The Summit is the world’s largest gathering of food and drink tourism-focused professionals. Find new business partners and get discovered! The Summit’s format has been overhauled to focus more on networking and ways to help you connect with other delegates. The Summit takes place in the beautiful seaside town of Estoril, just a 25 minute drive outside Lisbon. We’re also pleased to announce that pre-tours are included in the registration cost! Just pay your transportation to the embarkation point you choose and then lodging, meals and sightseeing are included for the 2 days preceding the Summit! Check out the pre-tours, see the lineup of speakers or register now at www.WorldFoodTravelSummit.com.

 

NEW!! Calling all Food & Drink Tour Operators for a Survey

Our industry needs to know about your business! New for 2015! We’re surveying food and drink tour operators, guides and travel agents to get a temperature check on our industry. Many have asked about the nature and financial impact of food and drink tour operators in our sector. This is the first such survey to assess this.

Please take a few minutes to help us complete the survey here:

https://trekkerworx.wufoo.com/forms/food-drink-tour-operators-2014-survey/

You can complete the survey 100% anonymously OR if you would like a copy of the report when it is done, or a chance to win a free copy of our Have Fork Will Travel book, just provide your contact details so we can fulfill your request. The choice is yours!

 

News From Macau-New Zealand-Australia-Indonesia

Association Executive Director Erik Wolf spent most of the month traveling around Asia and the South Pacific. He opened a new Embassy of the Association in Macau and had meetings about opening an Embassy in New Zealand. He attended a conference in Australia to meet destinations interested in hosting a future World Food Travel Summit. Then he spoke at the first food tourism conference in Indonesia, hosted by the Omar Niode Foundation and the Association’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Ms. Amanda Niode. The conference was a tremendous success and set the tone for further food tourism development in the country. He also attended meetings with the ministry of tourism and tourism promotion board to discuss next steps in food tourism promotion in Indonesia. Oh, and apparently the food was terrific! Check out the blue rice!

If your destination is interested in bidding on the 2019 World Food Travel Summit, please register your interest here and download the bidding guidelines document: http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/future-events/

If your area is interested in establishing an Embassy, you’ll find more information and an overview video here: http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/embassies/

Or you can also ask us questions about any of this here: http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/help

 

Responsible Food Travel

Thanks to Ana Kinkaid, a journalist in the Seattle, USA area, for making us aware of a fantastic new documentary called Gringo Trails.

http://gringotrails.com/about/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhtxNyjnVyM

The topic of sustainable, or more correctly, responsible food travel will be addressed by Erik Wolf at the next FoodWorx: The Future of Food Conference next February 7, 2015 in Portland, OR, USA. The FoodWorx website launches with 2015 event information later this month.

 

SavorSearch in Beta Testing & On Schedule

Our developers are officially done with the programming for the phase 1 of SavorSearch, our new tool that will match buyers and sellers of specialty food and drink products anywhere in the world. SavorSearch is currently in private beta testing by our team and will extend to limited public beta testing in the next week or two. We’re anticipating a mid-November public launch. And SavorSearch made the first cut in the Angel Oregon Fall 2014 startup competition. Over the next few weeks, SavorSearch will compete with several other companies for an investment valued in the US$100,000 range. Wish us luck!

If you’d like to be notified when SavorSearch launches, let us know here: www.worldfoodtravel.org/help

 

Join the National Tour Association at Travel Exchange ’15

It’s hard to find a top foodie locale list without New Orleans somewhere between 1 and 10. And in January thousands of tourism professionals from NTA, the United Motorcoach Association and Faith Travel Association will have a menu of 1,400 dining establishments to choose from when they’re in the Big Easy for Travel Exchange ’15. The event is the tourism industry’s premier show that puts the full spectrum of travel buyers and sellers on one floor. To learn more about NTA and Travel Exchange, visit NTAonline.com. Get your Mardi Gras on and join NTA, UMA and FTA in New Orleans, Jan 18-22, 2015!

 

Google rolls out innovative search engine techniques for travel agents

Read the full story here: http://skift.com/2014/09/05/google-set-to-debut-its-most-disruptive-travel-product/

 

Congratulations!! New CCTP Graduates

Darla Bentley – Utah, USA

Peter Schlagel – Washington State, USA

Ana Kinkaid-Washington State, USA

 

Get Social with us at www.worldfoodtravel.org/social

The World Food Travel Association is the world’s leading authority on food and drink tourism. Our community is vast, supporting over 30,000 professionals in 135 countries, as well as prominent media outlets all over the globe. To get involved, visit our website to explore a number of ways, or get in touch at www.worldfoodtravel.org/help.

Calling all Food/ Drink Tour Operators

Our industry needs to know about your business! New for 2015! We’re surveying food and drink tour operators, guides and travel agents to get a temperature check on our industry. Many have asked about the nature and financial impact of food and drink tour operators in our sector. This is the first such survey to assess this.

Please take a few minutes to help us complete the survey here:
https://trekkerworx.wufoo.com/forms/food-drink-tour-operators-2014-survey/

You can complete the survey 100% anonymously OR if you would like a copy of the report when it is done, or a chance to win a free copy of our Have Fork Will Travel book, just provide your contact details so we can fulfill your request. The choice is yours!

Bidding Open: 2019 Summit

BIDDING OPEN: 2019 WORLD FOOD TRAVEL SUMMIT

Deadline to submit formal bids: November 30, 2014.

Bidding is now open for the 2019 World Food Travel Summit & Consumer Food Travel Expo. General bid guidelines are available here:

http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/future-events/

If this is of interest to your destination, please submit your expression of interest on the same page. You will then be emailed a formal bid document.

See pictures from past events here: http://www.pinterest.com/worldfoodtravel/

Get programs from past events here (please note that the Summit format has been overhauled beginning with our upcoming 2015 Summit in Portugal – old event programs do not represent the new program format).

http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/past-events/

Submit any questions with your expression of interest above, OR for basic questions only, please visit:

http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/help/

Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.

September News

eventbrite-partner-graphicYou’re Invited: Managing Your Event Entry to Keep Lines Short This Season

You’re getting ready for your next food and drink event, and are expecting quite a turnout. How do you avoid the common pitfalls that lead to long lines and a bad first impression to your next big bash?

The World Food Travel Association has partnered with Eventbrite to bring you a special no-cost webinar just in time for your busy season.

About the webinar: Join Eventbrite’s Tommy Goodwin, Head of Field Operations, and Keiko Tokuda, Director of Marketing, on Tuesday, Sept 16 at 10am (USA PDT) as they share how the best events in the industry create a best-in-class experience by:

  • Designing a great event entry or gate plan
  • Hiring the right people to support check-in
  • Avoiding common pitfalls that frustrate attendees
  • Using technology to inform broader decisions

Register Now. Even if you can’t attend the webinar, sign up anyway and we’ll send you the recording at the conclusion of the event.

Welcome Macau to our Embassy Network!

We’re pleased to announce our second embassy worldwide and our first embassy in Asia. Working with the United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macao, we are pleased to bring this resource to our constituents around the world.

We work with embassies on special projects such as certification, awards and events like the World Food Travel Summit. Learn more about our Embassy network and how you can start one in your area here.

Storytelling is where it’s at.

Recently our Executive Director Erik Wolf spoke at the National Tour Association Tour Operator Contact conference in our home base of Portland, Oregon, USA. The one message that really resonated with the group is that marketing has now evolved into training – or at least storytelling. We love to hear stories about our friends, family and colleagues – what they just discovered or experienced, and what they enjoy. Think about if you were to create a promotional video for your company – the same concept applies. Are you going to drone on about your features and benefits OR are you going to tell the story of someone who used your product and how they were satisfied by it? Which scenario sounds more interesting to you?

Here’s an article from Fast Company with more details on how to make this new marketing concept work for your company: http://www.fastcompany.com/3031419/hit-the-ground-running/why-our-brains-crave-storytelling-in-marketing

The Portuguese are at it again!

Snatching up all the awards that is. If you’ve never been to Portugal, you are in for a real treat. Warm people, great food, wonderful climate. What’s not to like?

The 2014 World Travel Awards bestowed 16 honors upon Portugal, ranging from Best Official Tourism Organisation (Turismo de Portugal) to Europe’s Leading Island Destination (Madeira Islands). Check out the World Travel Awards website for a complete list of all the awards Portugal took home and more. Congratulations to all the winners!

Recent Tweets: Nat_GeoTravel proclaims #Portugal “made for wanderers”! #WFTS2015 @Aptece pic.twitter.com/GBncZb13WW

The Newest Addition to our Newsletter is the Partner News Section!

Please take a moment to read a bit about what some of our strategic partners around the world are up to:

Join the National Tour Association at Travel Exchange ’15
It’s hard to find a top foodie locale list without New Orleans somewhere between 1 and 10. And in January thousands of tourism professionals from NTA, the United Motorcoach Association and Faith Travel Association will have a menu of 1,400 dining establishments to choose from when they’re in the Big Easy for Travel Exchange ’15. The event is the tourism industry’s premier show that puts the full spectrum of travel buyers and sellers on one floor.

To learn more about NTA and Travel Exchange, visit NTAonline.com. Get your Mardi Gras on and join NTA, UMA and FTA in New Orleans, Jan 18-22, 2015!

Africa Travel Association’s 39th Annual World Congress November 11-16, 2014 Uganda, Africa

ATA’s signature event in Africa provides a networking, learning and agenda-shaping platform for the most diverse group of tourism industry stakeholders of any travel industry event on the continent. The event addresses timely industry topics, offers a line up of educational and professional development opportunities and showcases the host Destination’s newest products and services.

Visit ATA’s website to learn more and register for the 39th Annual World Congress.

GLP Films and National Geographic Present “The Most Nutritious Grain You’ve Never Heard Of”
Filmed on location in Senegal, West Africa, this short film explores the benefits and cultural importance of a little-known grain called fonio. Heralded as the “new quinoa,” fonio has drought-resistant and gluten-free qualities, making it a power player in the fight to end world hunger. Learn how this African superfood is impacting lives across Senegal and beyond.

Watch the short film here: http://bit.ly/fonio

Wellness Tourism Worldwide: Promote Your Destination Brand to Latin America
Wellness Tourism Worldwide is pleased to announce our new product knowledge initiative designed and targeted to Latin American travel agents, tour operators and all tourism stakeholders interested in wellness travel. La Guia Para Vender Viajes de Salud y Bienestar (The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel) offers an amazing opportunity to provide much needed product knowledge on destinations through sponsorship of curated content and brand awareness.

For more information contact: camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com

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