Busy professionals in our food tourism industry 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 temptations of food porn doesn't substitute for quality B2B networking. Googling for contacts is unreliable, often yielding outdated contact information and old news stories.
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 high quality education and research, networking, leading 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. Everything we do is designed to support our mission, which is to empower local communities and businesses with the knowledge and tools needed to reach new consumers and gain a competitive edge in the food and beverage travel business.