North America Summit

November 14-16, 2022

Live in Reno, Nevada, USA as part of NTA's Travel Exchange


Why FoodTreX North America?

The Business of Food Travel. The FoodTreX North America Summit connects destinations, entrepreneurs and key stakeholders to focus on the business of culinary tourism development and promotion, specifically from a North American perspective.


We are pleased to announce that this year, we are co-locating FoodTreX North America with NTA’s Travel Exchange in Reno, Nevada.  NTA has been a strategic partner with WFTA for a long time and we support each other’s work. Register for FoodTreX North America and you can also register for NTA’s Travel Exchange (TREX) at the same time. You have two great conventions/ conferences to choose from!


Hear expert advice from some of our industry’s most influential leaders


Ask our speakers your questions during live Q & A after each session


All sessions are designed to get you motivated and inspired


Concurrent with NTA’s Travel Exchange.

All times are US Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Speakers, topics and times are subject to change without notice. The most current information will always be posted live on this page.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Speaker: Chira Pagidi, Corporate Director of Food and Beverage, Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa

The Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa in Reno is home to 10+ restaurants, out of which 4 are ranked in Reno’s Top 10 places to eat. Chira Pagidi will explain how they have maintained their high standards in quality, service, and safety during post-pandemic times, as well as the unique mix of clientele they have and how they cater to and retain each group.

Speakers: Eli Rodriguez

Eli Rodirguez from Scribe Winery in Sonoma shares with us some of the changes he has witnessed in the wine industry while reacting and adapting to changes in our climate, and what he foresees for the industry.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Speaker: Dawnie Andrak, co-Owner of Local Roots Food Tours

Local Roots Food Tours uses great food as an opportunity to connect their tour guests with the diverse restaurants, chefs and shop owners, the great history of the city of Sacramento, and even the local farmers who provide the ingredients. They aim to strengthen the community, and help guest learn a little something new and, maybe, even find a new favorite restaurant or shop.

We’ll hear from the co-owner as to how they have achieved success and look at some of the potholes they experienced over the years and how they overcame them.

Speaker: Jacquie Chandler, Chair & Executive Director, Sustainable Tahoe

Jacquie Chandler has been connecting with the earth ever since she was inspired by success stories of destinations who had adopted sustainable tourism principles. Now, she is helping others become stewards of the land.

How do people get a sense of place? Jacquie will share how connecting with a place is the key to caring about it, and why guides are a crucial part of this process.

Additionally, she will share the eight worlds that exist in every destination, how to design activities that do no harm, and making the most of native elements and the situations that sometimes arise.

Speaker: Erik Wolf, Founder & Executive Director, World Food Travel Association

The world has changed, and what was the norm just 2 short years ago has changed for what appears to be quite a long time to come. With all the doom and gloom, our love of good, authentic and creative food is stronger than ever. What can destinations and business owners do to meet wow food-loving travelers and capture repeat business, without breaking the bank in doing so? Culinary travel industry founder and World Food Travel Association Executive Director Erik Wolf will share the latest tips for how to evolve your culinary offering in a sustainable way for food-and drink-loving travelers.




INCLUDED: Attend FoodTreX North America live in Reno, Nevada taking place Monday and Tuesday, November 15 and 16. Sessions run concurrently with NTA Travel Exchange sessions. Meals on Monday and Tuesday with the NTA delegates are included, but no other social activities or business appointments.
NOT INCLUDED: You will not have access to attend any NTA Travel Exchange educational,  networking, business or social events.


NTA Members:  Pricing varies according to your NTA membership category and NTA membership status.
Not an NTA Member? Download the registration form here (and submit to NTA directly).

INCLUDED: Attend FoodTreX North America AND NTA’s Travel Exchange convention at the same time. Flow freely between both events. Access to all social and networking events. BOOK ON THE NTA WEBSITE HERE.

Be sure to book your hotel in Reno early to get the best rates.


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Destination Marketers, Tourism Boards, Governments, Tour Operators, Tourist Guides, Media, Journalists, Lodging, Chefs, Restaurant Owners, Hoteliers, Tour Operators, Tourist Guides, Academia, Wineries, Breweries, Cideries, Researchers, and anyone else who is interested in food and beverage tourism issues in North America.

FoodTreX North America 2021 is being held live, in person. We are sorry, but no sessions will be broadcast online, and no sessions will be recorded for later playback.

Prices vary by event so check the registration area for registration pricing. The price is the same for everyone – business owners, academics, journalists, government officials, tourism offices, etc. No VAT or any other tax is payable because we produce the Summit from our offices in the USA.

You do not need to attend all sessions, but no sessions are being recorded or broadcast live. We encourage you to attend all live, in-person sessions to get the best value for your registration investment.