Because every traveler eats and drinks.

Free $75 Book Offer

Act now, offer expires 30 September. Purchase a CCTP (certified culinary travel professional) enrollment between now and September 30 and you will receive a free copy of Have Fork Will Travel! That’s worth US$75 plus shipping. Conditions apply.**

** Book will be shipped after your course begins. Full payment for the course must be made before book is shipped. Offer not valid for purchases made through  Association Embassies. Shipments to USA will be via media mail. Shipments outside the USA will be made by the most cost effective method. For airmail upgrade to destinations outside the USA, please choose the “book postage upgrade” option in the order form when you complete payment for the course. Offer not valid for previous purchases.

Bidding Open: 2019 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:

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:

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).

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

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:

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

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 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:

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:

Meet one of our newest board members – Jim Kane

Jim talks about culinary travel and his election to the board of directors of the World Food Travel Association.

Read the full article here.

August 2014 News

World Food Travel Association and the Africa Travel Association

ATA&WFTAErik Wolf and Garry Taylor from World Food Travel Association were in New York City, NY last week to meet with Edward Bergman, Executive Director and Andrea Papitto, Trade Relations & Communications Manager at the Africa Travel Association. Discussions were centered around the new African Entrepreneurs Food Tourism Certification program that the two organizations have been working on and will roll out together.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new program or get in touch with Erik at to find out how you can get involved.

World Food Travel Summit Announces Keynote Speaker

The World Food Travel Association and its Portuguese Embassy, APTECE, are pleased to announce Jodi Ettenberg as keynote speaker at the 2015 World Food Travel Summit.

Jodi Ettenberg is a writer, photographer, and food-obsessed traveler exploring the world since she quit her job in April 2008. Jodi founded the website Legal Nomads to tell the stories of the places she visits, often through food. She is also the author of The Food Traveler’s Handbook: How to Eat Cheap, Safe, and Delicious Food Anywhere in the World, and runs small-group food walks in Saigon, Vietnam during the winter months.

Read more about Jodi and the upcoming Summit here:

Is Your Business Set to Really Grow?

Would you benefit from additional exposure to a global audience?

Consider partnering with the WFTA. The World Food Travel Association is uniquely poised to help grow your food tourism business with 5 divisions focusing on

  • education (LEARN),
  • events (GATHER),
  • community (CONNECT),
  • special projects (ACT), and
  • sales and marketing tools (GROW).

For further detail on each of our 5 divisions mentioned here, visit us at We’re reaching out to potential partners for participation in our 2015 FoodWorx: The Future of Food Conference, 2015 World Food Travel Summit & Consumer Food Travel Expo, and 2015 Year Ahead in Food Tourism report and Food Tour Operator survey.

To learn more and explore additional opportunities for partnership with the WFTA, please contact our Executive Director, Erik Wolf at

A Bit of Travel Inspiration for You

Although we are all about growing your business and furthering the success and professionalism of the food tourism industry, we also want to inspire people to just travel and eat! So when we found these inspirational travel quotes from the Matador Network, we thought of you! Use them in your email signature, on your websites or share them with your loyal social media followers. Remember to Eat Well and Travel Better!


Your friends at the World Food Travel Association

2015 Summit First Speaker


(Portland, Oregon, USA and Lisbon, Portugal, 21 July 2014) — The World Food Travel Association and its Portuguese Embassy, APTECE, are pleased to announce Jodi Ettenberg as keynote speaker.

Jodi Ettenberg is a writer, photographer, and food-obsessed traveler exploring the world since she quit her job in April 2008.  Jodi founded the website Legal Nomads to tell the stories of the places she visits, often through food. She is also the author of The Food Traveler’s Handbook: How to Eat Cheap, Safe, and Delicious Food Anywhere in the World, and runs small-group food walks in Saigon, Vietnam during the winter months.

She has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, BBC Travel, Singapore inflight magazine SilverKris, CNN Travel and more. Prior to founding Legal Nomads, Jodi worked as a corporate lawyer in New York City for 5 years. She frequently speaks about social media strategy, food and travel, and storytelling. She gets the shakes when she goes too long without eating sticky rice.

Jodi is one of the names announced by the World Food Travel Summit & Expo, which will take place in Estoril, just outside Lisbon, from April 8 to 11 of 2015.


The Summit is a must-see, must-attend event for thought leaders, strategists, marketers, media and product developers in food, drink, travel and hospitality.

The Summit will also feature the European Street Food Festival, combining worldwide food and new street food concepts from all over Europe, in a dramatic and impactful celebration of worldwide cuisine.

The WFTS&E will also offer inspirational talks by some of the world’s top food and hospitality thought leaders, and unparalleled networking opportunities. Whether you come for the education, to promote your products and services, to meet people to do business with, or the great food, you will surely leave with a full stomach and a mind full of great ideas to take back home.

Again for 2015, Summit delegates will be able to participate in SavorSearch, the in-person business to business meetings designed to match buyers and sellers of food, drink, travel and hospitality products. In 2015, however, delegates will have even more opportunity to find time to meet with potential buyers and sellers as SavorSearch has been expanded, there is simply no other food tourism industry business matchmaking service in the world quite like you will find at the Summit.

New for 2015 is a consumer food travel expo to introduce the 3 million Lisbon metro area residents to the notion of food tourism. The full-day Expo will offer chef demos, exhibits and entertainment.

The Summit is organized in cooperation with APTECE, the Portuguese Embassy of Food Tourism Development, an affiliate (chapter) of the World Food Travel Association. The Association’s affiliates serve as the voice of the Association in various regions around the world.


The World Food Travel Association is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and the world’s leading authority on food tourism. The Association is at the forefront of food and drink tourism development with cutting-edge products and services that meet the needs of today’s food, drink, travel, hospitality and media professionals. The Association serves more than 30,000 professionals in 135 countries. More info at


Founded in 2012, APTECE works with the food, drink, travel and hospitality industries throughout Portugal, to help them to develop and promote their food and drink resources as attractions for visitors. More info at


Main World Food Travel Summit website:

Find the Summit on Facebook:

Media contact in Europe:

José Borralho, President, APTECE [Portuguese Association of Food Tourism Development]

(+351) 910 956 384,

Media contact for rest of world:

Erik Wolf, Executive Director, World Food Travel Association

(+1) 503-213-3700 (GMT-8),


CCTP Updates

The Association’s most popular product, the Certified Culinary Travel Professional program, has just been overhauled and completely updated. Notable updates include:

  • Full migration to a fully modern, extremely easy to use and feature-rich learning management system
  • Modernization of formatting, including new branding
  • Updated with currently relevant examples, and old content has been retired
  • Final test questions updated


If you’ve been thinking about getting your certification in culinary travel, there is no better time than the present! Do it now!

Welcome New Board

We are pleased to announce our new Board of Directors for the 2014-2016 term.


Aligning with the world’s leader in food and drink tourism conveys considerable benefits to your business.  Upcoming visibility and partnership opportunities are available for the following products:

  • 2015 Year in Review Industry Report (deadline 15 November 2014)
  • Certified Culinary Travel Professional program (ongoing program)
  • World Food Travel Summit & Consumer Food Travel Expo (deadline 1 April 2015)
  • FoodWorx: The Future of Food Conference (deadline 1 February 2015)

The earlier you contact us with your request, the more we will be able to accommodate specific needs and interests.

July 2014 News

COMING END OF YEAR – “2015: The Year Ahead in Food Travel” Report

Coming at the end of this year, we will publish our first ever “Year Ahead in Food Travel” Report that is both a snapshot of the food travel industry in 2014 and a look ahead at what to expect for 2015. New learnings in data, trends and more will be included.

Are you looking for a great opportunity to showcase your business, organization or destination as an important supporter of the food travel industry?  WE ARE LOOKING FOR REPORT SPONSORS. Sponsorships range from as little as US$100 up to US$5000 for maximum visibility.

To learn more, please contact our Executive Director, Erik Wolf at

Brand New CCTP Program Experience

The Certified Culinary Travel Professional (CCTP) program is the industry’s first and most comprehensive training and certification program for professionals in food and drink tourism, and now it has been redesigned to make your learning experience easier and more intuitive than ever before.  Since the program began, we’ve certified more than 400 professionals world-wide. The course costs US$495 and can be completed in as fast as a weekend or you can take up to 2 months to finish. And it is completely customized to your needs! Unlimited time with your faculty advisor is included.

Learn more about the CCTP program and get started on your certification today:

Have Fork Will Travel Book

Our new handbook is designed to help practitioners cope with the myriad changes in our industry by providing many of the ideas and tools needed to succeed.

“Why should business owners care about food and drink in the context of tourism? In fact, why does a food tourism industry even exist? It is now considered a vital part of the tourism experience for visitors to experience the unique and memorable food and drink of a particular geographic area. Food tourism activities are broad and include much more that just dining out. For example, food events, cooking schools, cookbook stores, wineries and more are all part of the food and drink tourism experience…” -  from p. 13, Have Fork Will Travel, The Food Tourism Industry Zeitgeist, by Lisa Chase, Kumar Mishra and Erik Wolf

Learn more or purchase the book here:

Congratulations Amanda Niode!

We are pleased to announce our most recent Certified Culinary Travel Professional graduate. Amanda Niode is Chair of Omar Niode Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Indonesia working to raise awareness on the quality of education and human resources in the field of agriculture, food, and culinary arts. Amanda, who is also the WFTA’s Ambassador in Indonesia, wrote a 45-page research paper to earn her CCTP certificate. Her paper introduces the Province of Gorontalo on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia as a food tourism destination.

Read more about Amanda and her work on our website.

World Food Travel Summit & Expo – Save the Date

World Food Travel Summit & Expo is taking place April 7-11, 2015 in Estoril, Portugal, just outside Lisbon. Save the date to your calendar now and we will let you know when registration opens!

The Ambassador Network is growing!

We now have 60 ambassadors spanning the globe and our network is growing!

Read more or apply to be an Ambassador or start an Embassy in your country:

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