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    World Food Travel Association launches new GastroTerra online trade community. see more

    WFTA Launches World's Largest Food Travel Trade Network

    Today the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) announced the launch of GastroTerra, the Association's new online community for professionals who are passionate about food and beverage tourism.


    "We built GastroTerra to facilitate networking and learning among food & beverage tourism professionals worldwide. Before long, it will be the world's largest private network dedicated specifically to our industry." said the Association's Executive Director and food tourism industry founder Erik Wolf. 


    What is GastroTerra?

    GastroTerra is a private and secure online food & beverage tourism community. It's kind of like LinkedIn meets Facebook, on a mobile app, with many more collaborative features and no distractions. While anyone is welcome to join, GastroTerra is designed specifically for the food and beverage tourism industry.

    It's very easy to use and having it on your phone as a mobile app makes it accessible for everyone to participate and stay connected on a daily basis.  GastroTerra is completely free of advertising so you can focus on what matters: building new business relationships and growing your professional knowledge.

     

    Why Join GastroTerra?

    GastroTerra is the best place to network with other food and beverage tourism industry professionals. It is where you can find inspiration, ideas, guidance, networking, and industry camaraderie. 

    In addition to the launch of GastroTerra, the Association also rolled out a long list of new member benefits for its premium members and also a new free membership level. New benefits include exclusive education and research resources; useful tools to facilitate work with your local area; monthly webinars; sector specific discussion groups; a food travel trade event calendar; and many more. Learn more about GastroTerra and the new benefits.

    Last but not least, GastroTerra is brought to you by the World Food Travel Association, a name you know and trust in food and beverage tourism. So what are you waiting for? We hope to see you over at GastroTerra soon!

     

    LEARN MORE OR JOIN NOW

     

    Take a look at what the mobile app version of the GastroTerra community looks like:

     

     

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Top 3 Takeaways from the 2019 FoodTreX Online Food Travel Summit see more

    The World Food Travel Association just held its 2019 FoodTreX Online Food Travel Summit on April 17-18. FoodTreX Online is the world’s largest virtual trade conference for the food and beverage tourism trade, taking place every April, and only online.  This year’s edition featured nine international expert speakers across a variety of industries that addressed today’s hot topics that destinations, tour operators and other food, beverage or tourism businesses are facing today.

    Here are the top 3 takeaways that you need to know from the 2019 FoodTreX Online Summit:

     

    1. YOU CAN MAKE MONEY SELLING VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS

    Did you know that as much at 33% of travelers are either vegetarian or vegan? If you don’t offer a good vegetarian selection, you are neglecting many travelers as well as their traveling companions! Also, plant-based menu options are almost always cheaper than meat. Your food costs might be half, and even if you charge $/€/£ 1 or 2 less for the item, you're still making a lot more per dish! So you are actually making money by offering vegetarian options. And meat eaters eat vegetables too, so it is not uncommon for a meat eater to order a vegetarian dish. Meat is not required! Then consider how sustainable-minded travelers are exactly the kind of visitors a destination wants: they tend to spend more, stay longer, and of course care about their own personal impact as travelers. It’s time to reconsider vegetarian and vegan!

     

    2. WHERE ARE YOU IN THE FOOD TOURISM DESTINATION LIFE CYCLE?

    All destinations have a food tourism destination life cycle (see picture above), a concept first pioneered by the World Food Travel Association. It is important to know at what stage of the cycle your destination is currently in so you can plan accordingly. Some destinations are starting to find their own way with food tourism, while others are starting to decline, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it is time to create or to update your Food Tourism Destination Strategy before it is too late. (By the way: we can help with that!)

     

    3. SHARE THE LOVE. DON’T HOG THE SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT.

    Shine the light on your local culinary heroes instead of just on your destination or specific foods. Sharing other people’s stories in your area widens your audience and brings engagement. Also don’t forget to involve local experts like writers, commentators or photographers. These professionals can bring new ideas and perspectives to your social media feed. Have you ever thought of hosting an Instagram takeover? That’s right: you hand over the keys to your Instagram castle to someone outside of your organization, perhaps for a weekend. It may seem risky, the rewards can be tremendous.

     

    Want to learn more? You can get access to all the recordings as well as our 11-page Key Takeaways PDF in our online store here.

    Want to see who spoke at FoodTreX Online before ordering? Download the program here.

    GET ACCESS NOW

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Top reasons to attend FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit on November 3 see more

    Now in its second year - the FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit taking place on Sunday, November 3.

    This is the day before World Travel Market begins, for those of you attending that event.

    We know there are a lot of conferences vying for your attention. We've compiled a list of the top reasons why you should choose FoodTreX London on November 3:
     

    1. New information.  The content is about innovation in food tourism, and NOT a repeat of what you've seen or heard elsewhere. Also, the content you'll hear at FoodTreX will not be repeated at World Travel Market. 
    2. New ideas.  New information helps you to think of new ideas to help you get or stay ahead. You need new ideas to grow your business.
    3. Quality networking.  Meet leading food travel industry influencers. Introduce yourself, present your business, create new partnerships.
    4. Intimate setting.  Our goal is quality not quantity. Ticket sales are limited. And in an intimate group, it's easier to meet the people you want.
    5. Convenience.  Piggybacked with World Travel Market. No need to spend extra money or time on another trip.
    6. Food Travel Matters. 93% of visitors engage in some kind of unique or memorable food/drink experience other than eating out. Don't be left out of this profitable market segment.
    7. Food Travel is Changing. You can't just put a list of restaurants on your website or organize a food event.  You need to know who to reach out to, and how to do it in order to be as effective as possible and capture more customers or visitors.
    8. Concurrent Research Summit. This year we're hosting the FoodTrex Food Travel Research Summit at the same time. Attend both summits for the same price!
    9. Quality Content. FoodTreX stands for "Food Travel Excellence". 
    10. Affordable. While other London conferences cost in the £695-795 per day range, we don't think quality education and networking should have to cost that much. FoodTrex registration will be less than £395 (+VAT).


    Come join us for great information, great networking and a lot of fun! Remember, FoodTreX won't be recorded so you'll need to attend in person if you want access to this fantastic content! 

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  • Jane Connelly posted an article
    Calling All Academics for the Food Travel Research Summit see more

    Call for Proposals
    2019 FoodTreX London
    Food Travel Research Summit

    The World Food Travel Association is seeking submissions of academic papers for the FoodTreX London|Food Travel Research Summit. As the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism, the World Food Travel Association is uniquely qualified to shepherd an academic/research summit of this type. You can learn more about the Association here.

    The FoodTreX London|Food Travel Research Summit for academics/researchers will take place concurrently with the FoodTreX London|Food Travel Innovation Summit for the trade on Sunday 3, November 2019 in London. There will be two separate auditoriums, one for each Summit. Student delegates will be free to move back and forth between both Summits without having to pay an additional registration fee for the Innovation Summit

    Are you interested in presenting your latest research relating to food or beverage tourism? Applications are now open to all academic, instructors, teaching assistants, researchers, professors and others engaged in researching food and beverage tourism.

     

    DOWNLOAD SUBMISSION TEMPLATE  OR   APPLY NOW TO PRESENT YOUR RESEARCH
     

    AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR SUMMER SALE! REGISTER NOW FOR ONLY £129 (VAT INCL)

  • Jane Connelly posted an article
    For aspiring food tourism, culinary tourism & gastronomy tourism destinations. see more

    10 Step Guide To Food Tourism Destination Development
    - Food Tourism Made Easy

    The much anticipated 10-Step Guide To Food Tourism Destination Development is now ready. Please note that by "food tourism", we also mean culinary tourism, beverage tourism, gastronomy tourism and turismo gastronómico. This Guide serves everyone involved in our industry, including destinations, governments, travel agencies, tour operators, tourist guides, and all other small business owners who are vital to the development or survival of a Food Lover's Destination.

    In the Guide, we’ve outlined herein the basic steps you need to follow to either develop your emerging food-lover destination, or to refine the steps that you are already taking as an existing food-lovers’ destination. As you have come to expect from the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism, the Guide is written in plain everyday language, without confusing tables of data, boring graphs or hard-to-understand terminology. The Guide is easy to understand and implement for destinations of every size, located anywhere in the world.

     

    Download your copy HERE.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    World Food Travel Association Graduates First Culinary-Certified Tourist Guides see more

    Today the World Food Travel Association announced the first four graduates of its culinary tourist guide certification program:

    The Association launched the certification program last month to bring a level of professionalism and excellence to the profession of culinary tour guiding. The Culinary Tourist Guide Certification program is currently offered to European tourist guides who are members or affiliates of the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. The World Food Travel Association is actively working with other destinations to bring culinary tourist guide certification to their areas as well.

    Learn more about the culinary tourist guide certification program, or get in touch and let us know where you live, and we'll let you know when culinary tourist guide certification opens in your area.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    World Gourmet Society Chef Video Competition Applications Now Open see more

    The WGS Best Video Contest 2019 has started

    The World Gourmet Society, a strategic partner of our Association, has launched this year's edition of the chef video challenge. Their "Best Video Contest" is a great way for professional chefs and home cooks to showcase their culinary skills to a truly global gourmet and food lover audience.

    Last year 58 videos from 17 countries generated in total more than 400.000 social media views.

    You can submit your chef video now!

    For more information browse the 2019 video contest page where you also will find some tips and rules about the contest. The global winner of the 2019 contest will be announced during a gala dinner in London.

    The 2019 award categories are:

    • Show your personality as a chef (hero category)
    • Most Creative Plate
    • Best Use of Ingredients
    • Best Cooking Techniques shown
    • Honouring Local Traditions
    • Most Professionally Produced video
    • Most Entertaining video
    • Best Social Media response

    Browse the videos from the 2018 WGS Video Contest to review the quality of the last years’ winners or check out the 2018 final results from Monaco here.

     

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    FoodTreX Kathmandu Success: 100+ Delegates From 8 Countries see more

    ASIA’S FIRST FOODTREX FOOD TOURISM CONFERENCE HUGE SUCCESS: KATHMANDU WELCOMED 100+ DELEGATES FROM EIGHT COUNTRIES

    The World Food Travel Association hosted its first  FoodTreX Regional Food Tourism Summit in Asia yesterday. Over 100 delegates from 8 countries and 3 continents converged on the Park Village Resort in Kathmandu for a full day of speeches, meetings and inspiration about Nepal’s potential as a destination for food-loving travelers. Preceding the conference day, delegates enjoyed a full-day food tour to experience the real Kathmandu, and another day of chef demonstrations from some of the area’s more innovative restaurants. The Summit was produced with local partners U-Turn Marketing Solutions Pvt Ltd and Two Tables (Nepal) Pvt Ltd, and supported by a variety of sponsors that include Nepal Tourism BoardTurkish Airlines, the KGH Group and  LG. Pictures and videos from the event can be found throughout social media.

    The conclusion at the end of the Summit was that Nepal indeed has strong potential to welcome food-loving travelers, yet a lot of work remains to be done. WFTA Executive Director Erik Wolf shared the sentiment, “The warmth of the Nepalese people, the delicious, authentic foods and exotic spices all bode well for Nepal’s potential as a food-lovers’ destination. To realize that potential, the key stakeholders must come together with local entrepreneurs and work together to move forward. A food tourism strategy for Nepal is the logical next step.”

    The dates for the next FoodTreX Summit in Nepal have already been announced: May 22-24, 2020.

    ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (WFTA)

    The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) was founded in 2003 as a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) and today is recognized as the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism. Each year the Association serves nearly 100,000+ professionals in over 100 countries. The WFTA’s knowledge, tools and training help trade professionals and organizations to leverage their area's food and beverage products and experiences to help create a strong sense of place, which increases visitor arrivals; destination brand equity; and export demand for their area's food and beverage products. Learn more at www.worldfoodtravel.org.

    ABOUT THE FOODTREX FAMILY OF EVENTS

    FoodTreX stands for "Food Travel Experience" and is a brand that was introduced by the World Food Travel Association in 2018 to increase the quality and level of innovation in food travel trade events. The FoodTreX Regional Summits bring discussion of food and beverage tourism issues and trends to stakeholders in local areas. So far, FoodTreX events have been held in the UK, Spain, Greece, Nepal, Australia and also online.

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 26, 2018)

    Media Contacts: Suraj Pradhan (+977) 9845075950 hello(at)twotables(dot)com(dot)au

    Erik Wolf (+44) 7827-582 554 help(at)worldfoodtravel(dot)org

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    World Food Travel Association Signs Partnership With World Gourmet Society see more

    Today the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) and World Gourmet Society (WGS) signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on projects that support the shared goals of both organizations. The WFTA's mission is to preserve and promote the awareness of culinary cultures through hospitality and tourism. The WGS mission is to discover new culinary landscapes and support young chef talent.

    WGS Founder and President Tesi Baur shared his enthusiasm for the partnership, "We from the World Gourmet Society are proud to call World Food Travel Association our partner as both organisations share the goals of embracing the diversity good food globally and discovering new food cultures from different angles. The partnership symbolises a perfect match of two food-focused organisations that share common goals and values in the global food scene”.

    WFTA Founder & Executive Director Erik Wolf shared the sentiment, "We've known Tesi for years and the great work he does with the WGS. It was about time that we formalized our relationship. Our goals are closely aligned. We're looking forward to supporting their efforts and growing together, starting with the upcoming chef video challenge."

    WFTA Executive Director Erik Wolf will serve as a judge on this year's chef video challenge organized by the WGS. Meet the panel of judges.

    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 today is recognized as the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism. Each year the Association serves nearly 100,000+ professionals in over 100 countries. Our knowledge, tools and training help trade professionals and organizations to leverage their area's food and beverage products and experiences to help create a strong sense of place, which increases visitor arrivals; destination brand equity; and export demand for their area's food and beverage products. Learn more about the WFTA here.

    About the World Gourmet Society:

    WGS is a gourmet club for food enthusiasts and professionals alike. It's a refreshing mix of influential culinary experts including food writers, chefs, restaurant owners and managers, young and dynamic individuals with new and exciting ideas – and last but not least, people who simply love food. When you join WGS, you join a group of global gourmet enthusiasts. You can create a personalised profile page detailing your culinary expertise and can contact and exchange ideas with like-minded food lovers from all around the world. Learn more about the WGS here.

  • Jane Connelly posted an article
    6 Ways to Improve Your Food Tourism Offering from the World Food Travel Association see more

    6 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR FOOD TOURISM PRODUCTS

    Learn how to take your business to the next level by improving the products and services you promote to food-loving travelers. Get our full infographic shown here for the top 6 things you need to know, as our industry experts identified in our 2019 State of the Food Travel Industry Report.

     

     

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    World Food Travel Association launches Nepal's First Food Tourism Conference see more

    Today, the World Food Travel Association, along with partners in Nepal, announced the launch of the country's first food tourism conference under the name FoodTreX Kathmandu. The FoodTreX brand was created by the World Food Travel Association (WFTA), as the umbrella brand name for the Association’s food and beverage travel trade events. The conference organizer and certified World Food Travel Association Ambassador, Suraj Pradhan reflects on the state of food tourism in Nepal, “Despite having an extensive food and drink culture, Nepal has not been able to tap the immense potential in gastronomic tourism. With facts and figures to back them up, we strongly believe that food is the way to a tourist’s heart.”

    FoodTreX Kathmandu Regional Food Travel Summit will take place on 24, 25, and 26 of May at the Park Village Hotel by KGH Group at Budhanilkantha Kathmandu, 21218 Kathmandu, Nepal. Delegates will enjoy a three-day event full of food-loving activities, face-to-face networking opportunities and inspiration from some of the industry’s leaders. Organizers include Two Tables, the U-Turn Group and Social Tours.

    Learn More & Register

    Friday May 24 – delegates participate in a curated food tour with Kathmandu Food Trail

    Saturday May 25 – “Meet the Chefs” at the HUB, Thamel, where delegates and local chefs will rub elbows with some of the country’s influential chefs and enjoy a cocktail-style event with an amazing dishes from local producers and made with local ingredients

    Sunday May 26 –  FoodTreX Kathmandu is an all-day conference full of speakers sharing their success stories, presentations and panel discussions from local and international food tourism industry leaders

    The purpose of the FoodTreX Kathmandu is to explore the rapid transformations that have affected the interrelated areas of gastronomy, tourism and society, shaping new forms of destination branding in Nepal. It is an opportunity to network face-to-face with industry trailblazers and counterparts and help further develop food tourism in Nepal.

    Erik Wolf, the WFTA’s founder and Executive Director, expressed his delight, “FoodTreX Kathmandu represents our first formal step into Asia. We’re pleased to be working with our local ambassador Suraj Pradhan and his team to deliver an outstanding first food tourism event for Nepal.”

    The confirmed list of speakers includes:

    Erik Wolf Executive Director, World Food Travel Association

    Dr. Saurabh Kumar Dixit Eastern Hill University (India)

    Karna Shakya Founder, KGH Group of Hotel and Resorts

    Deepak Raj Joshi CEO, Nepal Tourism Board

    Raj Gyawali Founder & Director, Social Tours

    Prashanta Khanal Food Blogger & Restaurateur

    Dr. Aruna Uprety Public Health Specialist

    Bijay Amatya CEO, Kora Tours

    Samita Kapali Co-Founder, Marketing Director, Green Growth

    Sangam Sherpa Founder, Kapan Organic Farm House

    Dr. Huma Bokkhim (PhD) Senior Food Research Officer, Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Nepal

    Sunil Shakya Chairman, PATA – Nepal Chapter, KGH Group of Hotel and Resorts

     

    FOODTREX TARGET AUDIENCE

    The FoodTreX conference series is designed for food, beverage, travel and hospitality professionals, including:

    • Destination marketers and governments
    • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
    • Marketing managers and strategists
    • Branding, PR and advertising professionals
    • Product developers
    • Trainers and educators
    • Bloggers
    • People considering a career change
    • Students forging their career path
    • Any other professionals with an interest in food and beverage tourism

    Learn More & Register

    ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (WFTA)

    The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) was founded in 2003 as a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) and today is recognized as the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism. Each year the Association serves nearly 100,000+ professionals in over 100 countries. The WFTA’s knowledge, tools and training help trade professionals and organizations to leverage their area's food and beverage products and experiences to help create a strong sense of place, which increases visitor arrivals; destination brand equity; and export demand for their area's food and beverage products. Learn more at www.worldfoodtravel.org.

    ABOUT THE FOODTREX FAMILY OF EVENTS

    FoodTreX stands for "Food Travel Experience" and is a brand that was introduced by the World Food Travel Association in 2018 to increase the level of quality and innovation in trade events in our industry. The FoodTreX Regional Summits bring discussion of food and beverage tourism issues and trends to stakeholders in local areas. So far, FoodTreX events have been held in the UK, Spain, Greece, Australia and online. FoodTreX Kathmandu is the first FoodTreX event in Asia.

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 15, 2018

    Media Contact: Suraj Pradhan (+977) 9845075950 hello(at)twotables(dot)com(dot)au

  • Jane Connelly posted an article
    Plastic Bans Are Finally Happening! see more

    Packaging waste, and especially single use plastic, is one of the biggest problems our world has ever faced. What do you think? Is the problem out of control? Have we passed the point of no return? Here at the World Food Travel Association, we still think Earth has a chance.

    And as it so happens, the war against plastic waste is now on. We noticed some movment towards this over the past few years. Now in 2019, we have seen a surge in bans on plastic of various forms, from straws and shopping bags, to cutlery, takeaway containers and more. And many of the experts we surveyed for our 2019 State of the Food Travel Industry report agreed that single use plastics were detrimental to the overall food- and beverage-loving visitor experience. It seems that we have consensus: we have a problem.

    Many cities, regions and countries have recognized the problem and are now doing something about it to force change. After the State of California banned plastic bags and implemented a tax for single use plastics, the US state of New York followed with its own plastic bag ban. Within California, San Francisco enacted legislation last year to ban plastic straws. We have also seen that Taiwan is stepping up with their own bans as well as the European Parliament for legislation across the EU.  This is music to our ears!

    At the World Food Travel Association, we support industry advocates who educate food loving travelers to reduce the volume of food and beverage packaging waste that we all generate. Learn more about who we support and what we are doing here.

    How are you helping wage the #WarOnPlastic?

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    World Food Travel Association Launches New Culinary Certified Tourist Guide Program see more

    WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES
    NEW ONLINE CULINARY TOURIST GUIDE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMME

    Today the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) and the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) signed an agreement to offer the world’s first truly online, comprehensive Culinary Tourist Guide Certification training programme.

    The WFTA is the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism.  Its World Food Travel University offers the world’s greatest variety and highest quality of food tourism education and training programmes. The Association offers Masterclasses, a Master’s Degree, speeches, workshops, a trade podcast and an industry handbook under its World Food Travel University portfolio.

    The Culinary Tourist Guide Certification training programme is a short course designed to deliver highly specific content at the participant's own pace. The training programme takes approximately three hours to complete and includes two online Masterclasses with knowledge comprehension exams, followed by an open question assessment. At the end of the training, those tourist guides who pass are certified that they know how to design and conduct a high-quality and professional culinary tour. Tourist guides who graduate receive a printable diploma, lapel pin and marketing support.

    The programme is delivered 100% online and is custom designed to meet the needs of professional tourist guides. English subtitles make comprehension easier for those whose native language is not English.

    The training programme is offered exclusively to the FEG’s association members and affiliates. A list of affiliated organisations can be found on the FEG website.

    The FEG Executive Council President, Efi Kalampoukidou said, "We are really glad to be able to collaborate with the WFTA on this first online course for FEG to offer exclusively to its members. We have all been guiding in our own areas of qualification on gastronomy tours, wine tasting, traditional food markets and taking ​our guests to cooking classes, but ​so far with no ​formal life-long training for our profession ​in this specialist field. It is a great chance for us all to be trained and assessed by the WFTA and finally become ‘Culinary-Certified Tourist Guides.’ I'm sure our colleagues across Europe will embrace this effort for continuous professional development and it'll be a great success ​for all.  This certification will be ​of benefit not just to tourist guides, but to travellers ​as a whole - destinations, tour organisers and of course ​our domestic and overseas travellers, who will all enjoy ​enhanced guiding services ​from us. “

    The WFTA’s Executive Director, Erik Wolf added, “This is an important turning point in the world’s food/culinary/gastronomy tourism industry. There has been a tremendous growth in food tours around the world. What has been lacking so far is the professionalism needed to help travelers get the most out of a destination and its culinary culture. There are a lot of reviews with 5 stars on websites like TripAdvisor simply because the guide had a great personality. Travellers need assurance before they leave home that the guide knows the local culinary culture inside and out. Many guides do, but sadly many do not, and the consumer is none the wiser. Our culinary tourist guide certification programme is designed to provide a common denominator of excellence among culinary tourist guides world-wide. Travelers can rest assured that a Culinary-Certified Tourist Guide will deliver an in-depth, high-quality culinary tour of the given destination. We’re delighted to partner with FEG in this important endeavor.”

    Learn More or Guides Apply Now

    ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (WFTA)

    The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) was founded in 2003 as a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) and today is recognized as the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism. Each year the Association serves nearly 100,000+ professionals in over 100 countries. The WFTA’s knowledge, tools and training help trade professionals and organizations to leverage their area's food and beverage products and experiences to help create a strong sense of place, which increases visitor arrivals; destination brand equity; and export demand for their area's food and beverage products. Learn more at www.worldfoodtravel.org.

    ABOUT THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF TOURIST GUIDE ASSOCIATIONS (FEG)

    FEG was founded in 1986 in Paris to represent the tourist guide profession at the European level, to publicise and improve the quality of service offered to all visitors to Europe, and to bring together and strengthen professional tourist guiding links across the continent. Since then, the organisation has grown to serve over 50,000 professional tourist guides all throughout Europe. FEG provides training, advocacy and a Code of Conduct to ensure the continued professionalism of tourist guiding in Europe. Learn more at https://feg-touristguides.com.

    ABOUT FOOD TOURISM

    Learn more about what food tourism is, which business sectors it includes and the benefits of being involved at www.WhatIsFoodTourism.org.

    RELEASE DATELINE: LONDON, United Kingdom (May 6, 2019)

    MEDIA CONTACTS:

    Erik Wolf, Executive Director, World Food Travel Association help(at)worldfoodtravel(dot)org, (+44) 7827 582 554

    Efi Kalampoukidou, President, European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations info(at)feg-touristguides.org

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Just Released: The Routledge Handbook Of Gastronomic Tourism see more

    We are excited to let you know that the newest addition to our industry's compendium of quality research is now available. The Routledge Handbook of Gastronomic Tourism combines the knowledge and expertise of 100+ scholars from 31 countries, and aims to foster a synergistic interaction between academia and industry. Its wealth of case studies and examples make it an essential resource for students, researchers and industry practitioners of hospitality, tourism, gastronomy, management, marketing, consumer behavior, business and cultural studies. It is edited by Dr. Saurabh Kumar Dixit, and the foreword was written by our Association's Executive Director Erik Wolf. Read more about the book here. If you are interested in purchasing, use the code FLR40 at checkout to save 20%. 

  • 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.

     

    Get a Free Copy of the Report

    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.