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!
Take a look at what the mobile app version of the GastroTerra community looks like:
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:
- Eftychia Kalampoukidou (Greece)
- Mike James (Bath, England, UK)
- Paulo Cosme (Portugal)
- Catalina Echeverría Bartonova (Denmark)
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.
Greece Event Recap - Food Tourism: A Piece of Cake prepping for next year's FoodTreX Thessaloniki see more
This year, the World Tourism Day – September 27th - was celebrated in Greece at Ramada Plaza Thraki, with an International Workshop entitled "Food Tourism: A Piece Of Cake?".
The workshop was organized under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the World Food Travel Association (WFTA), by Respond On Demand and Τop Τοurism, two tourism development consultancies in Greece and whose owners serve as ambassadors of the WFTA in Greece.
Eight esteemed speakers from various countries, including the food tourism industry and WFTA founder Erik Wolf, talked about food tourism sharing their valuable experience for the benefit of tourism developers in Greece and surrounding areas. A few of the speakers are pictured on this page, and the full list of speakers is available here.
The nearly 100 industry professionals comprising the audience attended the full day event with great interest. When the speeches were over, a storytelling event took place just for the international speakers to introduce them to regional culinary specialties. They tasted local products and discussed their impressions with local tourism and culinary experts. Education and food tasting - perfect partners for a workshop. The day ended with an official gala dinner.
The success of this first food tourism workshop shows that this sector is of great interest in Greece and is going to be developed a lot in the future.
On October 7, 2019, this workshop will repeat under the FoodTreX Thessaloniki | Regional Food Tourism Summit brand, an official event of the World Food Travel Association.