This April, Portugal will welcome trade and consumers alike to one of the world’s largest food and drink travel gatherings. The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), a leading authority on food tourism, along with the Portuguese Culinary Tourism and Economics Association (APTECE), the leading organization contributing to the preservation and promotion of Portuguese culinary heritage, have launched their new website and have opened registration for the 2015 World Food Travel Summit & Consumer Expo.
The Summit will take place on April 6-11, 2015 in the coastal resort town of Estoril, just outside Lisbon. This year’s program has been improved upon with the addition of SavorSearch, WFTA’s business-to-business buyer and seller matchmaking appointments. Social activities are structured to help attendees maximize networking opportunities. Additionally, the European Street Food Festival is to take place during the same week, also in Estoril. Finishing the Summit week is the Consumer Food Travel Expo, one of the international world’s only food travel-focused exposition for foodie consumers.
The 2015 speaker roster is full with food travel pioneers and experts, including Matt Goulding from Roads & Kingdoms, who has written extensively about the food travel industry—most notably his TIME article about “Nomanomics”. For more information, check out the Speakers & Sessions page for more information on keynote speeches and discussion panels on the important topics that draw and educate the food and drink travel trade. The Summit is being co-planned by the Association’s Embassy in Portugal, which is offering complimentary two-day Pre-Summit tours that will give delegates the opportunity to experience local Portugal. These pre-tours are hosted by each of the regional destination marketing organizations in Portugal, and all lodging, meals and sightseeing are paid for by each region.