The World Food Travel Association was founded in 2003. Since then, we've built a solid community of 50,000+ professionals in the food, beverage, travel, hospitality, media, academic and supplier industries. This is what we call our "food tourism industry cluster". All of these people share a common interest to develop & promote unique and memorable food and beverage experiences and products. You can find our community members on our LinkedIn page and in our Food & Drink Tourism group, Facebook page and FoodTrekkers consumers group, Instagram and Twitter followers, and of course, our 23,000 newsletter subscribers. Now we're taking steps to bring together all of our followers and supporters into once centralized location: our World Food Travel Association online community.
Busy professionals in our cluster need a place where we can congregate, explore and network with others. LinkedIn is the world's business rolodex and doesn't meet our industry's needs. Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are consumer-oriented, and drooling over food porn just isn't a substitute for quality B2B networking. Googling for contacts is unreliable, often yielding outdated contact information and old news stories.
Professionals join for our education, research, networking, discussions and events. Our "membership" is a little different than what you might expect with other organizations. Food and beverage tourism education is our cornerstone; we are not a trade association and we don't lobby government entities. We excel at helping you and your business succeed with our education, research and networking tools, quality industry events, and our supportive community.
Food & beverage tourism benefits more than the obvious places like hotels, tours and restaurants. It also benefits tasting rooms, food/ drink retail stores, food/ drink events, food manufacturers and much more. Even if you think you might not fit within the food tourism industry, think again. The math is simple: more visitors or customers = more sales + more jobs + more tax revenue + greater financial stability.
What are you waiting for? Join our community to get your "slice of the pie" and start doing more with the food & beverage tourism community today!