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  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Sessions announced for FoodTreX Global | Online Food Travel Summit April 17-18 see more

    The FoodTreX Global | Online Food Travel Summit is back and taking place this year on April 17-18. So far, 9 fantastic sessions have been scheduled over two days. One day is oriented towards businesses and entrepreneurs, while the second day is oriented more towards destination marketers and governments. Everyone (trade, media, academic, consumer, etc.) is welcome to attend either day or both days. FoodTreX Global is produced by the World Food Travel Association, the world's leading authority on, and oldest organization devoted to, food and beverage tourism.

     

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    So far confirmed sessions and speakers include: 

    Day 1, April 17, 2019, Entrepreneurship & Business Focused

    What Matters Today in Food Tourism, Erik Wolf, World Food Travel Association (Portland | London | Barcelona)

    What is the Undeniable Value of Social Responsibility in Food Tourism? Chantal Cooke, Passion for the Planet (United Kingdom)

    How to Set the Tone for Your Visitors' Experience, Concetta D'Emma, Unconventional Breakfasts (Italy)

    Why Meeting Your Food-Loving Customers Expectations Is Your Next Best Marketing Tool, Eskerne Falcon, Discover San Sebastian (Spain)

     

    Day 2, April 18, 2019, Destination Marketing Focused

    What is Food Sport & What Can it Offer Destinations? Mike McCloud, MMA Creative (USA)

    How a Sustainable Food/ Beverage Tourism Strategy Can Work for Destinations, World Food Travel Association (Portland | London | Barcelona)

    What Destinations Should Be Doing Differently With Social Media, Shonette Laffy, Destination Bristol (United Kingdom)

    How Rural Areas Can Attract More Visitors, Olivia Duff, Headfort Arms Hotel & Boyne Valley (Ireland)

    How To Differentiate Your Destination With Its Immigrant Culinary Cultures, Donna Keren, NYC & Company (USA) 

     

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    Pricing is only US$59 for one day or US$99 for both days. Members and Certified Ambassadors of the World Food Travel Association check in your Members Area once logged in for your discount codes.

     

    It is also worth mentioning that the second day of FoodTreX Global overlaps with World Food Travel Day, a virtual event designed to draw attention to preserving and promoting local culinary cultures around the planet, and an important area in need of attention, according to findings from industry experts interviewed in the World Food Travel Association's 2019 State of the Food Travel Industry Report. Learn about World Food Travel Day and what you can do go be involved.

     

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Just Released! Ground-Breaking New State of the Food Travel Industry Report see more

    Today the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) released its latest publication for the food and beverage tourism industry, an entirely revamped State of the Food Travel Industry Report, featuring original, ground-breaking research.

    Report Summary

    The 62-page report compiles the opinions, suggestions and comments from 71 food and beverage tourism industry experts from 20 countries. The report looks at the performance of food and beverage tourism providers, and suggests ways they can improve, such as by developing or improving food and drink activities. It also looks at key food tourism issues overall, along with ways our industry can better match traveler expectations. Considerable attention is given to preserving culinary authenticity, and why it is important to educate visitors, offering them a memory and not just a meal.

    Key Takeaways

    Some of the key takeaways from the report include:

    1. Travelers and consumers alike are more obsessed than ever with everything having to do with food and drink. Interest continues to increase thanks largely to the role of social media.
    2. Providing a genuinely authentic product or experience is essential. Visitors are increasingly knowledgeable about, and demanding of, authenticity in food/drink products and experiences.
    3. The need for cultural preservation is urgent, and not limited to cuisine, as other manifestations of culture, such as music, clothing/fashion, architecture and more are threatened by globalization.
    4. Failure to support small food/beverage businesses will result in hastening towards globalization of the so-called “local” experience, thereby completely negating one of the main reasons to travel for food and drink, as destinations are already beginning to resemble each other more and more.
    5. At the same time, residents would benefit from knowing more about the history of iconic culinary products and traditions in their area, and why preserving culinary culture is a tool for economic development. Therefore local residents should be considered an important target market.
    6. The food/drink experiences provided by businesses and destinations often don’t match visitor expectations. Businesses need to understand that they are selling not just a food/beverage product but also an experience. If visitor (customer) expectations are not met, negative word-of-mouth ensues. Know your customer journey and plan accordingly to help prevent that.
    7. The benefits of developing food tourism go well beyond actual tourism. Food tourism is not just about attracting more visitors who generate a positive economic impact with their spending. It can also help protect local heritage by putting the spotlight on local food and drink, conveying a sense of pride to local residents, and even fostering post-trip demand for product exports.

     

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    Register for a free copy of the report. The report is another way that the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) leads with firsts for the world’s food and beverage tourism industry.

     

    About the World Food Travel Association

    The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) was founded in 2003 as a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) and is considered the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism. The Association’s mission is to empower local communities and businesses with the food and beverage tourism knowledge and tools needed to reach new consumers and gain a competitive edge. Each year the Association serves the needs of nearly 100,000+ professionals in over 100 countries.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Meet Max Thammaraks, the World Food Travel Association's newest Ambassador in Thailand see more

    The World Food Travel Association is pleased to announce our newest Ambassador, Max Thammaraks, from Thailand.  

    Max was well travelled from a young age; taking holidays and studying abroad from early childhood. His family owns Intco, a bespoke travel business and handling agents for international tour companies, now in its fifth decade of operation. Since taking the helm of the business in 2008, Max has expanded its scope, reach and services to meet the needs of today’s travellers, most recently focusing on food tourism and custom catering. He serves as the company's Managing Director.

    “Wherever I go, food and drinks are an integral part of my travel experience,” said Max, a bon vivant, of his passion for food and wines. “Food is of importance to each and every culture and can be instrumental in allowing a visitor to get a taste of a culture and destination.”

    Max a certified sommelier who owns a few resorts and restaurants across Thailand. Among them is renowned Wine Casa, an Italian restaurant and wine bar in the family hotel, The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa, in Northern Thailand, as well as holding shares in numerous restaurants in Bangkok. “Food, beverages and travel have been my lifelong passion; I grew up with it and therefore I want to promote it and be involved in any way possible.”

    We sat down with Max and asked him a few questions about himself, his passions and his plans. Here is what he shared:

    WFTA: Max, what does your company Intco do?

    Max:  We are a premier travel agency with decades of expertise. We specialize in bespoke programs which are tailored to each group’s specific needs.  

    WFTA: When and how did your interest in food/beverage tourism begin?

    Max: I have always had personal interest in food, beverages and travel. Whenever I travel and wherever I go, I find food and drinks to be an integral part of the experience. Food is of importance to each and every culture and can be instrumental in allowing a visitor to get a taste of a culture and destination. As a rule of thumb in wine, “what grows together, goes together”, I find exploring each unique location’s produce, cuisine and beverages fascinating and of course fun; whether it be wine, beer, cocktails or coconut juice. 

    WFTA: What are your favorite food/beverage destinations and why do you like them?

    Max: Bangkok is the epicenter of Thai cuisine where you can find representations from all of Thailand’s culinary regions. What is extraordinary is the sheer diversity which you can find in every corner of the city, ranging from amazing street food stalls to the river market; from Michelin stared restaurants to the best China town in the world with over 200 years of history. Bangkok is also where all the abundant resources from all over Thailand come together in the local markets and restaurants. Of late this has become more and more recognised internationally, as Bangkok’s dining scene is becoming increasingly renowned for its gourmet restaurants and extraordinary bars.

    As a fan of French food and wine, Lyon is my food Mecca. It’s hard for me to pick just a couple of gourmet cities, since there are more than a dozen that I love. But if I must, I would have to pick Lyon as France's best gastronomic secret. Lyon is home, or nearby neighbor, to some of France’s finest produce - fish, chicken, pork, cheese, game, meats. It is there that I find joy in the simplest pleasures. A humble bistro and brasserie may pair exquisite local meats and cheeses with a delicious wine from Rhone to create a memorable experience. (If you were to ask my wife, I usually get a bit excited and over indulge whenever I land in Lyon.) While the cuisine often appears simplistic, it is honed to perfection through centuries of passion and on closer inspection, is as cutting edge and sophisticated as any nouvelle cuisine to be found in Paris.  

    And then San Diego – it is the breeze, the sunshine and the cool vibes of the city which is celebrated in its cuisine. The seafood is fresh, abundant and delicious. It is the capital of craft beer in the U.S and the local wine scene is very interesting with organic wines from the area sitting side by side on the shelf with Mexican wines. Being by the border, the Mexican food there is the best and most authentic in the States. San Diego is also jam packed with exciting districts such as the Glaslamp Quarter, where there are fun activities and cool people to meet all day and all night. 

    WFTA: Why did you join the World Food Travel Association?

    Max: Food, beverages and travel have been my lifelong passion; I grew up with it and therefore I want to promote it and be involved in any way possible.  I enjoy meeting with similar minds and learning from them of their food journey and what they have done on their home turf and hopefully I can find inspiration to do something similar with my mine.

    WFTA: What can we expect to see next from you or your company? Do you have an upcoming milestone that you would like to share?

    Max: I want to expand my company into the food and travel business. We want to further establish ourselves in the catering business and one-of-a-kind food tours. 

    WFTA: What advice do you have for prospective members of the Association? Why should they join?

    Max: The association is well established and has a solid plan to expand in the future. Plus you will meet many great minds in the food and travel business. 

    WFTA: When you hear the phrase “authentic Thai” what comes to mind?

    Max: Nothing is set in stone, nor black and white in Thailand’s rich and varied food scape. There is no absolute, no rigid rule and no definitive text book to follow. Like many other of the world’s great cuisines, Thai cuisine is complex, varied, regional, traditional as well as progressive. And that is what makes it special and exciting; its ability to adapt and adopt. The truth is that many Thai dishes are reinterpreted foreign imports: my favorite ‘krapao kai’ (chicken with Thai basil) originated in China, while some of my favorite desserts were introduced to our Royal courts by the wife of a Portuguese Ambassador over four centuries ago. Thai cuisine as we know it is exciting and constantly changing, never afraid of experimentation, taking chances and being creative.    

    Welcome, Max. We look forward to hearing more stories from you about Thailand. Interested parties can get in touch with Max through his website here.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    FoodTreX Pamplona (February 21-22) Final Program Announced see more

    The final program for FoodTreX Pamplona has just been announced. You can download it here (both Spanish and English-language versions are available).

    View the Program Now

    Join us February 21-22 in Navarre, Spain for FoodTreX Pamplona, the most important gastronomy tourism trade conference that is held in Spain.  A fundamental objective of the Second International Conference on Gastronomy Tourism, FoodTrex Pamplona, is to bring you speakers, tools, ideas and best practices to develop products that visitors want, and to learn how to promote products and experiences to visitors in the best possible way. As one of the food tourism industry’s leading events for the trade, you’ll meet leaders, experts, influencers and practitioners from all around the world, who will present ideas to help grow your business and improve the experiences you offer.

    Better gastronomy-oriented businesses and experiences can bring more visitors, more income and local taxes, better community development, and more product exports. This is a critical discovery identified by expert panelists in the 2019 State of the Food Travel Industry Report by the World Food Travel Association. Without the proper direction and planning however, a destination's food tourism potential may remain untapped, or fall into an unsustainable pattern that undermines its future. The goal should be to provide meaningful food and drink related experiences that give visitors a true taste of your destination and create raving fans, convinced guests who will continue to promote your product or destination long after they depart. Attend FoodTreX Pamplona to get the proper direction you need to succeed, including answers to questions such as:

    • How to identify opportunities and define achievable objectives.
    • How to create an effective development strategy.
    • How to involve all the actors in the development strategy.
    • How to create Gastronomic Tourism experiences.
    • How to reach the customer.
    • How to adapt to the market.
    • What are the latest trends and fashions embraced by food lovers.

    Over 25 confirmed speakers for the two-day conference include:

    • Erik Wolf, World Food Travel Association, USA.
    • Marc Crothall, Food Tourism Board and Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scotland, UK.
    • Dra. Luisa Puppo, Ligucibario, Italy.
    • Chantal Cooke, Passion for the Planet, UK.
    • Clara Bosh, Ruta del Vino Somontano, Spain.
    • Sophie Cassis, Green Haven Gardens and Le Bon Goût Frais des Îles de la Madeleine, Québec, Canada.
    • Margarita Calleja, Extremadura Turismo, Spain.
    • Kathryn Davis, Visit Bristol, UK.
    • Antoni Aguiló. Fra Roger Association for Food and Culture, Menorca, Spain.
    • Kosuke Nakamori, Manager, Japan National Tourism Organization, Japan.

    If you're in the area, or if food tourism in Spain is important to you, you cannot afford to miss this major industry event.

    Will we see you February 21-22 in Navarre, Spain

    Register Now for FoodTreX Pamplona

    FoodTreX Pamplona is kindly supported by:

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Just Released! Podcast Episode 18: Michele Morris - Make Lemonade When Life Gives You Lemons see more

    In this episode #18 of Eat Well Travel Better, join us as we speak with Michele Morris, an award-winning cookbook author and freelance food writer. As a recipe developer and food photographer, she has worked with clients like Niman Ranch and Prairie Grove Farms. She publishes two popular blogs – a food blog with over 1000 recipes, and a travel blog featuring over 150 locations around the world with a heavy emphasis on the food and wine. Both blogs feature Michele’s photography. Although she only recently discovered her Italian roots, Italy holds a special place in Michele’s heart. She’s traveled to Rome nearly 20 times and leads culinary tours in southern Italy. When home in Denver, Michele volunteers extensively in her community.

     

    In this episode you'll learn:

    • To know and focus on your true strengths, and hire others to do what you need help with
    • For those who are shy, how to arrange circumstances so you will be in a position to overcome your shyness
    • Why authentic cuisines ultimately beget fusion dishes
    • Why regional cuisines are, in many cases, more important than national cuisines
    • Why promoting regions instead of entire countries can help combat overtourism
    • Why travel is the best education

     

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  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Just Released! Podcast Episode 17: Rosetta Ferrari - Travel is the Best Education see more

    In this episode #17 of Eat Well Travel Better, join us as we speak with Rosetta Ferrari. Born and raised in London to Italian parents, Rosetta spent her young life in and around the food industry, but chose to seek an alternative path. In her pursuit of a career in music, the food world kept finding its way back to her in the form of various jobs and opportunities, and eventually her position at Gregg Wallace Italian Food Holidays, a special interest holiday company. required her to design and create bespoke itineraries for authentic Italian food tours, which run regularly throughout the year and often sell out at maximum capacity.

     

     

     

    In this episode you'll learn:

    • To know and focus on your true strengths, and hire others to do what you need help with
    • For those who are shy, how to arrange circumstances so you will be in a position to overcome your shyness
    • Why authentic cuisines ultimately beget fusion dishes
    • Why regional cuisines are, in many cases, more important than national cuisines
    • Why promoting regions instead of entire countries can help combat overtourism
    • Why travel is the best education

     

    LISTEN NOW 

  • World Food Travel Association posted an article
    Join us February 21-22, 2019 for FoodTreX Pamplona, in Navarre, Spain. see more

    Join us February 21-22 in Navarre, Spain for FoodTreX Pamplona, the most important gastronomy tourism trade conference that is held in Spain.  A fundamental objective of the Second International Conference on Gastronomy Tourism, FoodTrex Pamplona, is to bring you speakers, tools, ideas and best practices to develop products that visitors want, and to learn how to promote products and experiences to visitors in the best possible way. As one of the food tourism industry’s leading events for the trade, you’ll meet leaders, experts, influencers and practitioners from all around the world, who will present ideas to help grow your business and improve the experiences you offer.

    Better gastronomy-oriented businesses and experiences can bring more visitors, more income and local taxes, better community development, and more product exports. This is a critical discovery identified by expert panelists in the 2019 State of the Food Travel Industry Report by the World Food Travel Association. Without the proper direction and planning however, a destination's food tourism potential may remain untapped, or fall into an unsustainable pattern that undermines its future. The goal should be to provide meaningful food and drink related experiences that give visitors a true taste of your destination and create raving fans, convinced guests who will continue to promote your product or destination long after they depart. Attend FoodTreX Pamplona to get the proper direction you need to succeed, including answers to questions such as:

    • How to identify opportunities and define achievable objectives.
    • How to create an effective development strategy.
    • How to involve all the actors in the development strategy.
    • How to create Gastronomic Tourism experiences.
    • How to reach the customer.
    • How to adapt to the market.
    • What are the latest trends and fashions embraced by food lovers.

    Over 25 confirmed speakers for the two-day conference include:

    • Erik Wolf, World Food Travel Association, USA.
    • Marc Crothall, Food Tourism Board and Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scotland, UK.
    • Dra. Luisa Puppo, Ligucibario, Italy.
    • Chantal Cooke, Passion for the Planet, UK.
    • Clara Bosh, Ruta del Vino Somontano, Spain.
    • Sophie Cassis, Green Haven Gardens and Le Bon Goût Frais des Îles de la Madeleine, Québec, Canada.
    • Margarita Calleja, Extremadura Turismo, Spain.
    • Kathryn Davis, Visit Bristol, UK.
    • Antoni Aguiló. Fra Roger Association for Food and Culture, Menorca, Spain.
    • Kosuke Nakamori, Manager, Japan National Tourism Organization, Japan.

    If you're in the area, or if food tourism in Spain is important to you, you cannot afford to miss this major industry event.

    Learn more and register here.

     

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    What's your reason to travel? Would you travel for chain coffee or hamburgers? We didn't think so. see more

    Earlier this winter, I paid a visit to a European city whose name I won't disclose. The city offers friendly people, and a nice food and drink scene. Another bonus is that it is relatively unknown for these positive traits, so there are not so many tourists to contend with. 

    Walking around the city, I came upon a Christmas market, as one might during the wintertime. I walked around the market to see all the vendor stalls. Of the dozens of stalls, I counted only about 5 vendors that sold locally-made products, two of which were alcoholic beverages and the other 3 were locally-made crafts. Of the craft producers, nothing was particularly interesting or unique. One vendor was selling handmade stained-glass figures, one of which was a butterfly for the equivalent price of about US$280. I'm all for supporting local producers of any kind, but not at that price. Today, right now, on the popular Etsy website featuring handmade items, I found another beautiful butterfly (OK, not the same one, but actually, prettier) for the equivalent price of about US$35, including postage. Which do you think I'm going to choose? And all of the other vendors were selling items that looked like they easily could have been manufactured cheaply overseas, and maybe even sourced at any of the discounted 1 dollar/1 pound/1 euro stores. No one would be impressed.

    Then I began to think, for anyone who had traveled to this city for the Christmas Market, they would have been woefully disappointed. It got me thinking about motivation for travel in general, and other famous Christmas markets in the world, such as Krakow or Munich. People travel to these cities specifically to visit these world-class markets. I then began to think about food lovers and how we choose destinations. At the same Christmas market mentioned above, there were no vendors selling interesting local foods (either packaged as gifts or as takeaway to eat then), but readily available were falafels, hot dogs, bulk candy and other foodstuffs you might expect to find at a food market anywhere else in the world. Perhaps the market was not intended to appeal to tourists. If it was designed for locals, then one would have to ask, why would anyone fight local traffic and expensive, hard-to-find, holiday parking for the opportunity to buy things you can find in cheap shops anyway? The quote, "There's a sucker born every minute," comes to mind right now, attributed to P. T. Barnum, an American businessman of the mid-19th century and creator of the world-famous circus bearing his name.

    I began thinking about a campaign from Visa (you know, the credit card processor) that advertised on the television during the holidays in the United Kingdom. The campaign encourages consumers to get out and spend money on the local high streets (i.e., the main shopping streets). Wanting to buy local is a sentiment that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy, but when the retailers on the high street are primarily coffee chains, discount chains and mobile phone stores, the fuzziness turns to annoying white noise.

    The solution is not so simple. For example, is a market like the one described above, an initiative from the local municipality, the area tourism office, an event producer, or a real estate developer? Each of these potential stakeholders has a different motivation to produce and manage a local market. Their end results can be vastly different from each other as well. Or are business taxes (rates) so high in the city center, that no local business can afford a store of its own (at least if it wants its prices to be competitive). Take a stroll down the high street of most cities in the UK. You'll see Vodafone, next to Costa, next to Poundland, next to Card Factory, next to a Boots pharmacy, next to an EE mobile phone store, next to a charity shop, you get the idea. It's not all doom and gloom. Occasionally you might find a locally-owned cafe, pub or restaurant, or a quality attraction like the Shakespeare museum and giftshop in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The situation is similar in other cities in Europe, North America and Asia. Replace Costa with Starbucks in North America, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Asia, you get the idea. Is anyone else noticing a trend?

    Another factor to consider is the increasing threat of the mass homogenization of food cultures, a trend noted by the expert panelists we surveyed in our 2019 State of the Food Travel Industry report. Given the fact that authenticity is the #1 motivator for food-loving travelers, a local high street (main street) featuring Costa and Starbucks, for example, is not going to motivate any food- or drink-loving traveler to visit, despite how elated the locals might be at the offering. People travel for many different reasons, e.g. to visit friends and relatives; to attend business meetings; to attend a conference or trade show; for sightseeing; for theater and shopping; for adventure and recreation; and of course, for food and drink. What happens if the destination's authentic offerings are decimated or eliminated? Then suddenly, the destination is no longer of interest to influential food- and drink-loving travelers. In such an instance, we would say that the destination is nearing, or at the end of, its food tourism destination life cycle. Literally all of the expert panelists we surveyed in the report all agreed that “providing an authentic experience to visitors” is a critical goal of food tourism, and 97% felt that “protecting local heritage through food and drink” is also an important goal of food tourism.

    Destinations seeking to attract food lovers need to look at the quality and uniqueness of what is on offer. If the items for sale in a market are mass produced trinkets and copies of touristy souvenirs, then there is little to no appeal. Similarly, if the only foods that we can find are those sold anywhere else on the planet, then there is no incentive to travel to your destination because of the food or drink. On the other hand, if those same Etsy-style local craftspeople and artisanal style food and drink producers were encouraged, and incentivized, to take a stall at the market, there would be a significant reason for locals and visitors alike to come and visit the market, at any time of year.

    Food for thought.

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  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Association Partner GLP Films and Georgian National Tourism Administration Launch New Video Campaign see more

    Distribution campaign reaches 3.5 million by leveraging custom digital content featuring adventure, culture and culinary experiences in Georgia

    GLP Films, an award-winning content marketing agency specializing in travel trade storytelling, and the Georgia National Tourism Administration, have partnered on a video campaign featuring adventure, culture and culinary experiences in Georgia. The campaign will share a collection of short films and social videos with trade and consumer markets, including travel agents, tour operators, and leading travel media. The campaign launched on November 1, with incredible support from the travel industry in Georgia and global media partners, and 3.5 million video views to date.

     

    Georgia: Adventure for the Soul from GLP Films on Vimeo.

    Georgia, a small yet poignant country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is nestled between the mountainous Caucasus region and the Black Sea. With stunning natural landscapes across various micro-climates, ancient fortress towns steeped in rich tradition, and a hip, modern capital hub, Georgia’s ethnically diverse population of over 10 million are marking the map as an absolute must-go location for the ultimate thrilling adventure, cultural experience, and gourmand’s dream—everywhere a departure and destination for discovery.

    “Our goal for this video campaign is to share the inspiring stories and emotions of the travel experience in Georgia,” explains Mr. George Chogovadze, Head of Georgian National Tourism Administration. “Georgia is proud of our unique cultural heritage and hospitality, and excited to share this new content with the world.”

    “GLP’s unique lens of storytelling is a great fit to help uncover the compelling stories woven into Georgia’s rich history and culture,” explains Laura Knudson, Marketing Director for GLP Films. “The heart of Georgia is its people, and based on early success of the campaign, it seems that consumer and trade audiences agree that you can’t help but fall in love with Georgia.”  

    Adventure comes in many forms in Georgia - from the incredibly friendly people, fascinating culture, the rugged Caucasus Mountains that reach over 5,000 meters, and the rich wine and culinary experiences.

    • Adventure - The Georgian Caucasus Mountains have been luring the adventurous to their untamed rivers, scaleable canyon walls, and monastery-topped summits for generations. Today, it's these same pristine landscapes that are putting Georgia on the map as the world's next must-visit adventure destination. Adventures in Georgia include hiking, trekking, mountaineering, biking, rafting, birding, and a long list of national parks and protected areas.
    • Culture -  Located at the intersection of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Georgia is rich in human history dating back approximately 1.8 million years. Three cultural monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Svaneti region - home to quaint villages and medieval stone watchtowers that look out over the incredible Caucasus Mountains. Georgians are known as one of the friendliest nations, with their saying that a “guest is a gift from God.”  Don’t be surprised if you are invited into a local’s home for a traditional Supra, better known as a feast.
    • Culinary - Nothing tells you more about the spirit and culture of a country than its cuisine. Winemaking has been practiced in Georgia for over 8,000 years. Dambal khacho, a rare sort of Georgian cheese has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage. Georgian national dishes are amongst the best in the world for their diversity and taste. Each historical province of the country has its own distinct culinary tradition that was refining for centuries.

     

    Georgia: Feast of the Senses from GLP Films on Vimeo.

    Visit here for more information about travel experiences in Georgia and to leverage the full suite of free video content to support Georgia’s marketing efforts .  

    About GLP Films

    Founded in 2008, GLP Films is an award-winning content marketing agency dedicated to authentic storytelling and content marketing for the travel and sustainability industry.  To date, GLP Films has produced and distributed 200+ videos from 35+ countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and North America. GLP Films is committed to working with the best travel brands to elevate the industry through strategic marketing, authentic storytelling, and leadership in sustainability.  We believe authentic storytelling has the power to transform industries, change conversations, and help brands communicate their core vision and positive impact. GLP Films partners with global organizations to produce custom content that supports their content marketing, branding, and distribution needs, while also protecting local cultures, livelihoods, and the natural environment.  Learn more here. GLP Films is a strategic partner with the World Food Travel Association, and won the 2018 FoodTrekking Award in the "Best Local Storytelling in a Food or Beverage Experience" category.

    About Georgia National Tourism Administration

    Georgian National Tourism Administration is a government authority under the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. GNTA is responsible for development, promotion and maintenance of Georgia’s unique tourism experiences. The mission of Georgian National Tourism Administration is to ensure sustainable tourism development through positioning Georgia as a unique travel destination on the international tourist map, improving visitor experience and maximizing their expenditures to significantly contribute to the national economy by effective cooperation with strategic partners. Learn more about Georgia’s travel experiences.

  • Jane Connelly posted an article
    MEETING THE EXPECTATIONS OF FOOD-LOVING TRAVELERS at FoodTreX London see more

    Every moment in the customer journey has gained significant importance in the satisfaction of our travelers. Food-loving travelers in particular are raising their standards and their expectations. How can a business or destination handle these new demands? At FoodTrex London | Food Travel Innovation Summit on Sunday, November 4th, an industry expert will share his expertise on understanding the Food Lover's Customer Journey.


    SESSION DESCRIPTION

    It seems that everyone is looking for unique and memorable food and drink experiences while traveling. Eager to get their share, businesses of all kinds are popping up to get in on the action. Even chain restaurants and hotels talk about ingredients that are locally-sourced and inspired. The truth is, travellers already come with so much knowledge about a destination and its food, they have extremely high expectations. How can we balance high traveller expectations with, everyday cost-cutting business measures, competition in destination branding and the impact of influencers? The key to your success is understanding the Food Lovers' Customer Journey. Tom will take us on a journey into the future with what you need to think about as you plan ahead.

     

    If learning how to reach the right travelers with the right message at the right time is of interest to your business or destination, then this session is a must.

    Speaker: Tom Buncle, Managing Director, Yellow Railroad Consulting, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Session tags: food travel, customer journey, customer experience, destination branding, customer expectations

    LEARN MORE & REGISTER FOR FOODTREX NOW

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Just Released! Podcast Episode 16: Chantal Cooke - Stop Listening to Other People see more

    Just released! Our latest episode #16 of Eat Well Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel Podcast, featuring Chantal Cooke.

    In this episode, join us as we speak with Chantal Cooke, publisher of Passion for the Planet, and a noted influencer on the subjects of sustainability, and vegetarian and vegan travel. She hosts the Passion for the Planet website and online radio station. Chantal shares with us her thoughts on how and why food-loving travelers are changing their diets and why she thinks you should stop listening to the advice of others.

     

    In this episode you'll learn:

    • How the food tourism industry is behind the times, and why you are missing an important opportunity
    • Why more people than ever are looking for meat-free dishes
    • How traditions move on (and rightly so)
    • How vegetarian food can also please meat-eaters
    • Why restaurant and hotel chefs are actually being prevented by their owners from innovating with vegetarian and vegan cuisine
    • Why we should stop listening to others and start listening more to ourselves

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    Latest episode! Eat Well Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel Podcast featuring Alison Burgh see more

    Just released! Our latest episode #14 of Eat Well Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel Podcast, featuring Alison Burgh.

    In this episode, tourism development consultant Alison Burgh talks with us about the importance of cultivating a sense of community, why creating a unique and memorable experience is a critical part of getting food tourism right, and why you can't worry about doing what is expected of you. She cites examples in Jamaica and Belize to illustrate her points.

    In this episode you'll learn:

    • Why developing a sense of community is critical in food tourism
    • Why creating a unique and memorable experience is a critical part of getting food tourism right
    • Why you can't worry about doing what is expected of you - just follow your heart

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    Just announced! Andy Waugh will speaking at FoodTreX London see more

    JUST ANNOUNCED! Andy Waugh, successful chef and restaurant owner will share his journey to success and how the customer journey has influenced his decisions on his way there. Join us at FoodTrex London | Food Travel Innovation Summit on Sunday, November 4th to see what today's food-loving customers really want.

     

    SESSION DESCRIPTION

    Andy is from a family of wild meat butchers in the far north of Scotland. His upbringing was focused around helping the family business, fishing trips and holidays exclusively around Scotland. He moved to London in 2009 and started his Mac & Wild journey the following year. In 2010, he opened a market stall on Broadway Market selling raw wild meat from his family’s business. He soon realised that he needed to do more, so he offered street food (winning a 2012 award) and hosting popup restaurants. In the early days, he wasn’t aware that his customers wanted to know so much about the meat’s provenance. In 2015, he opened the first Mac & Wild in Fitzrovia and things got exciting. He learned quickly that not only do customers care about that, their entire customer journey is based around the stories he tells and the experience they have, while dining. Andy uses tools like menu messaging and focusing on “extreme provenance” to enhance his customer’s experience. Today, he manages a total of three Mac & Wild eateries in London. His business has won awards such as Timeout Magazine’s Top 3 Steaks in London, number 1 burgerin the UK by the National Burger Awards, and “Best Restaurant in the World" by British food writer and television presenter Giles Coren.

     

    Speaker: Andy Waugh, Owner, Mac & Wild, London, England

    Session tags: food travel, customer journey, customer experience, destination branding, customer expectations, story telling, local products

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    QUALITY NOT QUANTITY WINS THE ONLINE MARKETING GAME at FoodTreX London see more

    How many followers do you have? How many likes did that last post get? Are people subscribing? Do these questions sound familiar? At FoodTrex London | Food Travel Innovation Summit on Sunday, November 4th, a social media expert and blogger will share her secrets about the best approach to social media and food travel.

     

    SESSION DESCRIPTION

    Most businesses, of all kinds, have an online marketing strategy that includes leveraging social media to disseminate content. Some of the most successful business work with influencers, bloggers and content creators to help tell their food stories. When working with influencers, though, it’s important to look beyond the numbers and number of Instagram followers. Instead, marketers should focus on quality content that meshes with your brand and messaging. In an era when we can pinpoint specific target markets in email marketing or online advertising, should we not be doing the same with outreach to influential content creators? As trade professionals continue to use social media and influencer outreach, isn’t it about time that we perfected our approach with the most valuable content creators for our needs? Amber will show you what you need to do.

     

    If working smarter not harder in your online marketing strategy is of interest, then this session is a must.

    Speaker: Amber Hoffman, Writer & Photographer, With Husband in Tow, and Co-Founder, WHIT Media, Girona, Spain

    Session tags: food travel, social media, Instagram, quality, influencer, blogger, content, online advertising, email marketing

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  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    After 1 Year, Eat Well Travel Better Podcast Garnering 100+ Listeners/Month see more

    Our Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel podcast launched in August 2017. Just in the 12 months since launch, we've been fortunate to count over 1200 listeners (100+/month) from all over the world. Our listeners typically come from the food, beverage, travel, hospitality, and media industries.

    We'd like to thank all of our interviewees for taking the time to share their fascinating stories. And we'd like to thank our listeners as well. We appreciate your interest and support. The Association would also like to extend a special thank you to the podcast's co-host Aashi Vel, without whom it would not be the great show it is today.

    A big thank you to our industry for all your support!


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