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World’s Best Food Cities

Dear Members

Please enjoy this week’s newsletter by Eric Wolf, Executive Director of World Food Travel Association. We would be grateful if you forward it to anyone you think would enjoy it, thank you! just published a list of the top 30 foodie cities in the world, and it’s a great list. We agree with all of the choices. Is your area included? 

Read the full story here to find out if your area made the list, or where you should visit next!

Major certification update

The Association offers the oldest and highest regarded food and beverage tourism certification course in our industry. We always publish an annual update, but this year’s update is a massive overhaul. Lots of new examples, ideas, diagrams, tips and more. These and other changes to the program mean that we’ve been able to lower the cost as well. The program used to be US$497. Now the new price is US$347. You have access to the same full online content as before (only updated for 2016). Learn more or enroll now.


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February 4, 2017

One-day conference  in Portland, Oregon, USA. Save the date. Call for speakers now open. If you have One Thing remarkable from your life or career to share, please APPLY HERE

We’re also scouting for a 2018 host city so if you’re interested in hosting, tell us at

April 1- 4, 2017

The world’s largest gathering of food and beverage tourism professionals, in Portland, Oregon, USA. Save the date. Call for speakers now open (only 3 slots left). Please APPLY HERE. We’re also scouting for future World and Regional destinations so if you’re interested in hosting, tell us at

Education & Research

2016 FOOD TRAVEL RESEARCH MONITOR. It’s the largest food and beverage tourism research study ever conducted featuring data, trends and analysis. Did you know that not all foodies are the same? Order your copy. Global edition (298 pages) or just released USA only edition (177 pages) and Italy supplement 44 pages).

New FOODFORWARDX Business Accelerators We have two new business accelerators for our industry: Food & Beverage Business and Food & BeverageTourism. All training is delivered live in person. Upcoming dates, learn more and register here. We can bring the accelerator to you (minimum 8 attendees). Write us Past CCTP graduates can enroll and apply the full cost of your original CCTP investment as a discount – please get in touch to learn more.

Need a great overview of the food & beverage tourism industry?

Consider our Have Fork Will Travel book, heralded as the food tourism industry’s “bible”. Forty seven (47) chapters and 542 pages written by 70 authors from 24 countries. Truly our industry’s most comprehensive resource! 

Written for trade professionals, while discussion questions at the end of each chapter make the book suitable for classrooms as well. Learn more and order yours.

Projects & Opportunites

None this week.

Join free or serve as your area’s ambassador

Watch the video or learn more and join now. Those who were a paid member of the Association in August/September 2016 please get in touch so we can be sure your membership was successfully transferred to the new system at no cost to you.

Did you miss this month show?

This month’s topics were Food Tourism in India and dining with locals. Special guests were Sanjeev Shenoy, one of our ambassadors in India, and Aashi Vel co-founder of TravelingSpoon. Watch this and other past shows here. Interested in appearing on a future show? Every month we meet 2 new guests from a new geographic area or who are specialists in a certain subject. Pitch ideas to August date will be announced shortly.


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