The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) creates economic opportunities where food and beverage meet travel and hospitality. The WFTA is a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) and the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism. We’re at the forefront of our industry’s development with cutting-edge resources for today’s food, beverage, travel, hospitality and media professionals.
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Our annual program recognizing excellence within the food and beverage tourism industry.
"Quality research on food and beverage tourism is hard to come by. Over the years, the Association has delivered consistent and high quality food and beverage tourism research that has been indispensable to our work in events and communications at Eat Spain up!. The Association also successfully conveys a global and multicultural understanding in all of its projects, which we appreciate, since we’re not located in the USA".
"Having worked with Erik and seen the evolution and implementation of the Association’s ideas for culinary tourism worldwide, I am most excited about the Oregon Culinary Escapes Guide. Oregon, and for me, especially Portland, have always been able to compete on any level when it comes to food. This ground-breaking publication proved that and helped to establish Oregon’s rightful place in the world of food and beverage tourism".
"For just over five years, I have managed the Omar Niode Foundation (omarniode.org), a nonprofit organization in Indonesia working to raise awareness of the quality of education and human resources in the field of agriculture, food, and culinary arts. The Foundation collaborates with many individuals, organizations, government agencies,and corporations in Indonesia and globally. The Association’s Certified Culinary Travel Professional program helped me tremendously in understanding the food tourism industry and how to develop food tourism in destinations. I’m using the knowledge I gained to raise awareness about food tourism in Indonesia. I rely heavily on the Association and its networks to ensure that I am on the right track".
"Apart from being exceptionally well organised and held in the consummate foodie city of Portland, the entire conference was enriching, educational and fun. For casual foodies or industry professionals, the event is a valuable opportunity to connect with others, learn and celebrate a shared passion food cuisine and travel".
"Interning with the Association truly changed my life. Erik's passion and enthusiasm are contagious, and his knowledge and ideas around culinary tourism for economic development are seemingly endless. What started as an internship 10 years ago turned into a job, graduate studies and finally a career in the tourism industry, and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities and relationships the internship provided. If you want a chance to gain a deep understanding of the tourism industry and connect with industry professionals from all over the world, an internship with the World Food Travel Association is a fantastic way to start."
The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) and the world’s leading authority on food tourism. The Association is at the forefront of food and drink tourism development and promotion with cutting-edge resources for today’s food, drink, travel, hospitality and media professionals.
Many people think that food tourism is about gourmet restaurants or fancy wineries. Those are just small subsets of the bigger industry. Our audience is vast and spans just over 20 different sectors of the food, drink, travel and hospitality industries. See our audience depicted in a visual diagram.
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