Food Tourism Expert, Ireland
Originally a hotel management graduate, John gained international hospitality experience in hotels, fine dining, gastropubs, hotel schools, UN peacekeeping, and offshore catering. Subsequently, John had senior roles with the Irish National Tourism Development Authority over 17 years, culminating in responsibility for statutory tourist accommodation standards, food tourism development, and hospitality education. Concurrently, John gained an MA (Gastronomy), an MSc (Hospitality Management), and the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits. Now working autonomously, John helps stakeholders understand how critical the nexus of Food, Tourism, & Hospitality Education is to success, and contributes to publications and conferences regularly.