First Mekong Food Tourism Summit featuring Cambodian Master Chef Luu Meng
First Mekong Food Tourism Summit featuring Cambodian Master Chef Luu Menghttp://www.mekongtourism.org/mekong-tourism-marketing-workshop-2015/
According to Professor Dr. Walter Jamieson, Director of the College of Innovation at Thammasat University: “Food tourism is a local phenomenon of universal scope that is in a clear growth phase; it has a positive impact on the economy, employment and local heritage, as tourists seek to get to know not only the local food but also to know its origin and production processes, making it an expression of cultural tourism.”
The 2012 UNWTO Culinary Tourism Report points out that this is especially important for rural communities, many of which have struggled in the face of rapid urbanization and shifts away from traditional economic sectors. With their proximity to food-producing lands, rural communities often enjoy a comparative advantage when it comes to serving up traditional fare. Tourism, particularly food tourism, allows these communities to generate income and employment opportunities locally, while fuelling other sectors of the local economy such as agriculture.
This first Mekong Food Tourism Summit will give an overview of the power of food tourism to position the GMS via tangible examples and case studies from other destinations, and providing context in linking it to the GMS.
An expert panel will highlight already great work that is being done when it comes to food tourism in the region, especially in Thailand, Cambodia, and Viet Nam.
The 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum will be hosted by the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism (MoT) at the Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville on the beautiful Southern Coast of Cambodia from July 5 to July 7. More information, and the most updated agenda, is accessible at www.MekongTourismForum.org. As always, MTF strives to be as sustainable an event as possible, and is looking to move from printed brochures to a mobile app; please follow the app download link from the website.
In order to make it easy for even small- and medium-sized businesses to stay engaged, for the third time in a row, the 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum is free to attend for the first 150 qualified industry professionals, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia.
Please be sure to register online at www.MekongTourismForum.org to secure one of the 150 free seats.