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Anita Mendiratta – The Humility of Travel
In this episode, we speak with Anita Mendiratta, a globally recognised and respected Tourism, Aviation and Development practitioner, author, diplomat, and on-air personality, Anita leads her successful London-based international consulting firm: Anita Mendiratta and Associates. Most recently, Anita has taken on a critical global role of trusted advisor of government and business leaders seeking to navigate through the impact of the recent pandemic, guiding short, medium and long-term decision-making to enable strong, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable recovery, always tapping into her innate ability to feel the ‘heartbeat’ behind the economic, social, political and environmental dynamics of nations. Anita is also honoured to be Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and Strategic Advisor to CNN International.
Find Anita on her website here.
Or on LinkedIn here.
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FoodTrex North America registration NOW OPEN!
Registration for the 2022 FoodTrex Research Summit is now open!

Join us for FoodTreX North America as part of NTA's Travel Exchange November 14-16 in Reno! Live event - will not be streamed. You also have the opportunity to attend a live Culinary Destination Marketing Certification training!

Visit the Summit website to see speaker & session details and to register.


FoodTrex Research registration NOW OPEN!
Registration for the 2022 FoodTrex Research Summit is now open!!

We listened to you - this year, we dropped the price for registrations and consolidated sessions into a single day! 

Don't miss out - get access to the latest food and beverage tourism research and ideas before they become next year's big thing!

Visit the Summit website to see speaker & session details and to register.

New Moderator Announcement.
Hi everyone! Very nice to meet you.

I'm Katerina and going to be working as a new moderator for the GastroTerra community! I'm here to keep the community safe, support and help you with any concerns. Feel free to message me with any inquires, questions, complaints, or anything else that you have in mind.

Be sure to follow me if you want to keep up to date with posts that might of interest to you, changes, announcements, polls and more.

I'm looking forward to interacting with you all, and thank you for being a member of GastroTerra! 😄
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IMPORTANT: Announcement regarding Taste of Place Reports
In order to raise the visibility of our Taste of Place reports for our industry, we are going to be making them available for purchase to the general public. Therefore, we will be removing this member benefit effective Friday, Sept. 16. Please download any Taste of Place reports that you want before that date. To make up for the change in benefits, we are offering all premium members an additional (second) FoodTreX Summit registration of your choice (€99 value). Just write us at help@worldfoodtravel.org for your discount code (be sure to write from the email address associated with your premium GastroTerra membership).
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GastroTerra Survey Now Open
We want to hear from you - what you like about it and what you could live without. The entire survey should only take about 5 minutes.

And if you'd like to win the drawing for one of three complimentary full registrations to our FoodTreX Global Summit next April, be sure to include your name and email (or you can answer anonymously too). 

The survey will be kept open through September 30, 2022 at 23:59 PM London UK time, but we would appreciate your answers quicker so that we can incorporate your feedback into our quarterly planning.

Thank you for your participation!

Answer the short survey here
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Ana Roš – After the Rain the Sun Always Comes
In this episode, we speak with Ana Roš. A self-taught cook, Ana is a chef who expresses the seasons, her region, her character and her femininity through her cooking. She’s the chef and owner of Hiša Franko, a 2 Michelin star restaurant located in Slovenia, and one of the leading restaurants in the world. In 2017, she was awarded the world’s best female chef by Restaurant magazine. And in 2021, her restaurant was awarded the 21st best in the world by the 50 best restaurants list. In the same year, Ana ranked seventh in the Best Chef Awards list as the only woman in the top 10. Because of her work, chef Ana Roš was named the ambassador of gastronomic tourism at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Ana is not on LinkedIn, but you can find her on her website here.

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Share Your Ideas With Us
We are pleased to announce our new ideation board. This will help us to refine our current products and services, and build better new products for you too.

Anyone in our community can participate. You just have to register to let the system know who you are. 

Visit our Ideation Board & Vote
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Association Welcomes New Ambassador for Ecuador
This week, the World Food Travel Association welcomed Nicolás Perez as an ambassador of the Association in Ecuador.

Nicolás is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry.  He is an active participant in the development of Ecuador’s culinary culture through the stewardship of food journalism in El Universo, the country’s largest newspaper. He has been involved in local gastronomy for more than a decade since being an initial member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs local chapter. 

Nicolás is the founder of Ecuador FoodTrip, which is in the startup phase, where he oversees every aspect of strategy, product, and marketing.

With WFTA, Nicolás hit the ground running, holding our first Round Table for Food Tourism in Ecuador just yesterday.

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Valencian Horchata - Over 800 years old!
In Spain, horchata comes from chufa, a tuber packed with nutrients like fiber and iron. And while chufa (tiger nuts in English) have gained fame as a superfood in recent years, Valencians have been using these tasty tubers since the 12th Century to make their emblematic "white gold' super-drink" that is also dairy and gluten-free. Learn more 👉 https://bbc.in/3vVbOts
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Happy World Food Travel Day!
In celebration of World Food Travel Day, we encourage you to post photos, videos and stories from a favorite food or drink experience you had while traveling, and use the #WorldFoodTravelDay hashtag/tag us @worldfoodtravelassn on Instagram, so we can like and share your posts. You'll automatically be entered into our World Food Travel Day contest, which features a chance to win a copy of Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide (🇺🇸/🇬🇧 residents) or a Free 1 Year Premium Membership to GastroTerra (non 🇺🇸/🇬🇧 residents), the WFTA’s food tourism community.<br style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#262626;font-size:14px;text-align:left;"><br style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#262626;font-size:14px;text-align:left;">**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. This contest is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Entries must be submitted by April 19th at 10h CET. One (1) winner will receive a copy of A Food Adventurer’s Guide OR a free one (1) year Premium Membership to GastroTerra.

World Food Travel Day 2022
As you may know (and if you don’t, welcome aboard!), this is our fourth year celebrating World Food Travel Day. It’s a day that celebrates traveling to experience our wonderful world’s many culinary cultures. It’s aimed at food-loving travelers, as well as the world’s travel and hospitality industries, and anyone with a passion for food or travel (or both) is welcome to join!

Food is something we share sometimes at home around the table with family, or even with travel buddies in a new place. Culture is an essential part of travel, and is an experience shared by fellow travelers. Stories and food are similar in that way, something meant to be shared with others. In that same spirit, April 18 is a way to share stories of meals we have loved and food and beverage that we have experienced during our travels.

Join the movement by uploading a picture or post with the hashtag #WorldFoodTravelDay. You can find out more about the special day here.

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49 Anthony Bourdain Quotes That Will Inspire You to Travel More, Eat Better, and Enjoy Life
Quotes from the late Anthony Bourdain.
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What brings you here?
Tell us a little more about your story.
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Interview with Aashi Vel
Bicultural from birth, from a Northern Indian father and a mother from the south of India, Aashi Vel was immersed in a mixture of flavors at an early age, and as such, developed a strong "taste" for gastronomy early in life. She remembers many meals spent with her family where everyone wondered what they would eat the following night. Through her travels, Aashi was able to discover many culinary cultures, but it is her mother's dishes that remain and will always remain engraved in her memory and taste buds.
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David Mora – Memento Mori
In this episode, we speak with David Mora. Most people who have studied gastronomy tourism in Europe and certainly in Spain, have heard of David Mora. A consultant, speaker and professor on both gastronomy tourism and wine tourism, David has a noteworthy reputation in our industry. He has always had a passion for tourism, so much so in fact, that it’s hard for him to relax because he’s always reading books, reports and research about tourism and hospitality, to better himself and his work. His passion, or emotion, comes out in everything he does, and connects perfectly with the name of his business – Emoturismo. And as a lover of tourism, what better place to live than in the seaside town of Getxo, on the Basque Coast.

Meet David on LinkedIn or visit his website.

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Thrive Market - Healthy Food Delivery (Not Just for the Elite)
"We want to break down each of the barriers to conscious living. We want to make it affordable. We also want to make it really easy and really seamless."

Check out this NY Times interview with Nick Green, CEO and Co-Founder of Thrive Market, a subscription service that's democratizing the delivery of health food in the United States 👉 https://nyti.ms/3BmvJCF

Has anyone here heard of Thrive Market? I hadn't - I think its a really great initiative to help combat the nutritional inequality present throughout the US. 
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World Food Travel Day 2022
Every year on April 18th we celebrate World Food Travel Day. We invite food-loving travelers, as well as the world’s travel and hospitality industries, to join in and celebrate World Food Travel Day together. World Food Travel Day celebrates the reason to travel to experience our world’s culinary cultures. The Day first launched in 2019 and is designed to bring awareness to both consumers and trade, and supports our Association’s mission – to preserve and promote culinary cultures through hospitality and tourism. Everyone is welcome to participate!

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World Food Travel Association partners with World Food Championships
The world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism has partnered with the world’s largest Food Sport event to help communities across North America to achieve official culinary destination certification in the foodie industry.
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The Rise of the Underdogs
Part 3 in The Power of Food Tourism, a new thought leadership series about the tremendous and undeniable power of food and beverage tourism.

Today’s global society has expanded to the point that many of us are now detached from our culture, the land around us and even our families. Every family, and every culture, has stories about how food has been prepared and cooked over generations. Most of the stories include the use of ingredients that are fresh and local to the area. Food and beverage tourism (a.k.a. food tourism, culinary tourism and gastronomy tourism), is a way to reflect on our past influences and who we are today – the culture where we live.
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History Behind Sake
🇯🇵 Did you know that sake brewing is soon to be registered as an intangible cultural asset? Because I didn't!

Check out this Lonely Planet article on the history and cultural significance behind the emblematic Japanese spirit 👉 https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/secrets-of-sake
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