Because every traveler eats and drinks.

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 erik@worldfoodtravel.org 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: http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/2015-wfts-press-release/

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 www.worldfoodtravel.org. 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 erik@worldfoodtravel.org.

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!

Cheers,

Your friends at the World Food Travel Association

2015 SUMMIT PRESS RELEASE

FIFTH WORLD FOOD TRAVEL SUMMIT & EXPO ANNOUNCES JODI ETTENBERG AS KEYNOTE 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.

ABOUT THE 2015 WORLD FOOD TRAVEL SUMMIT

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.

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (WFTA)

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 www.worldfoodtravel.org

ABOUT APTECE

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 www.facebook.com/PortugalAPTECE

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Main World Food Travel Summit website: www.worldfoodtravelsummit.com

Find the Summit on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WorldFoodTravelSummit

Media contact in Europe:

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

(+351) 910 956 384, jose.borralho@gmail.com

Media contact for rest of world:

Erik Wolf, Executive Director, World Food Travel Association

(+1) 503-213-3700 (GMT-8), erik@worldfoodtravel.org

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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

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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.

Visibility

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 erik@worldfoodtravel.org

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: www.worldfoodtravel.org/cctp

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: http://bit.ly/HaveFork

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: http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/ambassador-network/

Congrats to SavorSearch Survey Winners!

Congratulations to our SavorSearch June 2014 survey book winners: Robert Esposito from Coco Khmer in Cambodia and Juanita Keel-Ryan in Newfoundland, Canada.

Congratulations!

Welcome Our Newest Graduate: Indonesia’s Amanda Niode

The Association is pleased to announce our most recent Certified Culinary Travel Professional graduate, Amanda Niode from Indonesia:

Photo_Amanda_NiodeAmanda 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 World Food Travel Association’s Ambassador in Indonesia wrote a 45–page research paper to earn her CCTP certificate that she will use to introduce the Province of Gorontalo on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia as a food tourism destination. Gorontalo is a relatively untouched paradise boasting great aquatic life, lakes, forts, and underwater reefs as well as scenic views and some interesting history. It is a great destination for food lovers who seek for experience and delicacies that are unique, fresh, spicy and nutritious, ranging from appetizer, to main course, snack and dessert. Visit Omar Niode Foundation and follow @omarniode for information and views on travel, agriculture, food and culinary writing.

United States of Flavor Guide

Hot off the electronic presses – our United States of Flavor Guide!  DOWNLOAD NOW (10 MB). Or learn more.

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