OUR NEW UNITED STATES OF FLAVOR (SM) GUIDE
At the request of a few overseas tour operators, we created a special overview guide to introduce non-Americans to the best eating and drinking experiences in the USA. The guide divides the USA into sections and avoids naming specific business by name. Instead, the guide focuses on foods visitors should try, like barbecue in the South, lobster rolls in New England, and burritos in California. If you are a tour operator who brings visitors into the USA or if you’re a non-American foodie traveler hoping for a quick, easy to read introduction to American food and drink, this is the guide for you. The format is a 24 page PDF and there is no cost. DOWNLOAD NOW
AFFILIATES NOW CALLED “EMBASSIES”: START ONE IN YOUR AREA
We have just renamed our affiliate network as our “Embassy Network” to more accurately reflect what these entities do. Some people misunderstood our affiliate network to be a kind of advertising commission network. That was never the case!. Affiliates (now Embassies) are our contacts in communities all around the world. If you’re familiar with the term “chapter”, you could look at our Embassies as “chapters” of our Association. Embassies are established or new organizations (not individuals) who want a much closer working relationship with our Association. We work with Embassies to help them build their food and drink tourism infrastructure, and providing entrepreneur experience as needed to help you succeed. An area must also have an Embassy in place before it can bid on a World Food Travel Summit. Portugal is our first Embassy and we’re in discussion with two other destinations that are interested in starting Embassies in their areas. Sound interesting to you? Read more about Embassies or if you’re ready, apply online right now.
ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL JUNE 15
The Association’s Board of Directors has voted to expand our current board director number from 3 to 5. With one board member retiring, that means we will have a total of 3 openings for new board members as of the start of our new fiscal year on July 1. Sound interesting? Please find a detailed “job” description on the linked page below. If you are interested in applying for this prestigious role, please follow the link to complete the online application. Submit your application before June 15 at: http://www.worldfoodtravel.org/application/
SAVE THE DATE NEXT WORLD FOOD TRAVEL SUMMIT & EXPO
APRIL 7-11, 2015 IN ESTORIL, LISBON, PORTUGAL
THE WORLD’S LARGEST GATHERING OF FOOD & DRINK TOURISM PROFESSIONALS
Brand new format! Business to business appointments for everyone. Larger exhibition area. Lots more networking & social events. And for the first time ever – a consumer day – reach the 3 million Lisbon metro area residents who love food! For a chance to win one of several monthly giveaways for a complimentary Summit registration, please subscribe to our newsletter list here: www.worldfoodtravelsummit.com. You must be a current World Food Travel Summit newsletter subscriber (that is different from our regular newsletter which you are now reading). Promotion begins May 22, 2014 and closes at 11:59 pm US PST on February 28, 2015. Offer void where prohibited. One winner will be selected for each month for a total of 10 months. Beginning July 1, winners will be announced by the first Monday of the month following the previous month’s contest closing. Contest closes on last day of the calendar month each month. To be entered to win a free registration each entrant must be a subscriber who has consented to receiving emails from the World Food Travel Summit, each entrant must “like” the Summit on Facebook or “follow” the Summit on Twitter, and each entrant must share a monthly Summit email on at least one social media profile owned and operated by entrant. Prize includes Welcome Reception – Flavors of Portugal on Wednesday, April 8; all Summit events on Thursday, April 9, including Street Food Party; all events on Friday, April 10, including Gala Dinner & Awards and the Consumer Exposition on Saturday, April 11. Does not include any travel, lodging or other expenses, or other optional events.
IMPORTANT – WE’RE MOVING TO A NEW EMAIL SERVICE
We are migrating to a brand-new. full-fledged contact relationship managed system with a much more sophisticated email distribution service than what we currently use. The transition is currently underway and should be complete by mid-June. You will be able to subscribe and unsubscribe with ease, and join other product-specific mailing lists that we have not had before. We wanted to let you know so the next newsletter you receive will look a little different, and it will come from a different mail server as well. It’s still us so please don’t be confused.
SMALL BITES: QUICK NEWS UPDATES
Our new Ambassador Network has already grown to 50 ambassadors currently representing our Association around the world. Are you passionate about promoting food and drink tourism to your area, but do not yet have enough resources to form an Embassy? If you would like to participate and have just a little bit of time each month to share our news with your area, and share your news with us, then apply online or read more here. There is no cost to participate.
Our brand new book, Have Fork Will Travel, is out and is already being heralded as the food tourism industry “bible” and an essential tool for industry professionals. Here is a link to the book on Amazon – peruse the pages or order your own copy today. http://bit.ly/HaveFork. Amazon ships globally and you can pay in US$, GBP or EUR.