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First FoodTreX London 2019 Speakers Announced

The World Food Travel Association is pleased to announce the first group of speakers who will be participating at the FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit. The first group of speakers and their topics include:

Innovation in Customer Satisfaction for Food-Loving Travelers
Matthias Tesi Baur, President, World Gourmet Society, London, UK

Innovation in Food/Beverage Destination Strategy
Marc Crothall, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Innovation in Conscious Consumers: When Food Lovers Travel
Chantal Cooke, Passion for the Planet, UK

Innovation in Online Food Tourism Strategy
Veruska Anconitano, Award-winning journalist, Dublin, Ireland

Innovation in Food/Beverage Tourism Industry Collaboration
Justin Hawke, Moor Beer, Bristol, England, UK

Innovation in Local Empowerment Through Food Tourism
Aashi Vel, Co-Owner, Traveling Spoon, San Francisco, California, USA

Innovation in Food/Beverage Tourism Community Engagement [Panel]
Roberta Garibaldi, University of Bergamo, Italy
Maria Athanasopoulou, Respond on Demand, Thessaloniki, Greece
Udi Goldschmidt, Culinary Institute of Jerusalem, Israel

State of the Food & Beverage Tourism Industry
Erik Wolf, Executive Director, World Food Travel Association, USA & UK

More speakers will be announced shortly.

The FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit is the World Food Travel Association’s flagship event. It always takes place in London and on the day before the start of World Travel Market. This year, the Food Travel Innovation Summit will be held on Sunday, November 3 at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross in Central London.

The FoodTreX London | Food Travel Innovation Summit is our industry’s premier forum for the exchange of ideas and innovations relating to food and beverage tourism.  We explore trends, issues, tools and developments that you won’t find online and topics that will make the greatest impact on food and beverage tourism in the coming year. You need to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving world and the ideas and information you get at FoodTreX will give you a competitive advantage. Network with other attendees and professionals from around the world who include tourism boards, governments, business owners and managers of all types, universities and media. Pricing for the first 50 Innovation Summit delegates is only £299 (plus VAT), after which pricing will increase to £349 (plus VAT).

And this year for the first time, the World Food Travel Association is holding its Food Travel Research Summit concurrently with its Innovation Summit. The aim of the Food Travel Research Summit is to give academics and researchers a platform to present their latest ground-breaking research on any issues relating to food and beverage tourism. Student pricing for the first 20 Research Summit delegates is only £149 (plus VAT), after which pricing will increase to £179 (plus VAT).

All registered delegates will be free to go back and forth without restriction to both summits.

Professionals are also invited to attend the Association’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 2. The meeting is free for Association members of Silver level and above. Others are welcome to attend for a nominal US$25 (approx. £20) to cover the cost of your food and drink. RSVP here for the Annual Meeting.

Both Summits and the annual meeting will be held in the same venue, the Amba Hotel Charing Cross in Central London.


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