​REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2015 WORLD FOOD TRAVEL SUMMIT

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the world’s leading authority on food tourism, and the Portuguese Culinary Tourism and Economics Association (APTECE), the leading organization contributing to the preservation and promotion of Portuguese culinary heritage, have officially launched the new website and opened registration for the 2015 World Food Travel Summit & Consumer Expo (WFTS).

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. An extra bonus is that the European Street Food Festival takes place during the same week, also in Estoril. Finishing the Summit week is the Consumer Food Travel Expo, the world’s only food travel focused exposition for foodie consumers.

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.

The 2015 speaker roster is full with food travel pioneers and experts, including for a second time at a World Food Travel Summit, Matt Goulding fromRoads & Kingdoms, who has written extensively about the food travel industry, most notably his TIME magazine article about “Nomanomics”. Please see the Speakers & Sessions page on the website for more information on keynote speeches and discussion panels on the important topics that draw and educate the food and drink travel trade.

Accredited journalists may apply for a complimentary media pass to attend the Summit here: https://trekkerworx.wufoo.com/forms/rmico8e0sh4pla/

Approval is not automatic. Note that with the addition of a Consumer Expo at the conclusion of the Summit there is both a trade angle and a consumer angle for interested journalists.

About The Portuguese Culinary Tourism and Economics Association (APTECE)

Motivated by a wish to change the paradigm of tourism promotion in Portugal, APTECE is dedicated to fulfilling its mission: to contribute to the preservation and promotion of national culinary heritage and to invest in the development of Culinary Tourism in Portugal. APTECE runs two successful programs in addition to its events, tour and catering business; Portugal Exclusivo – Comida com Histórias and Portugal à Mesa, which promotes Portuguese cuisine outside the country. APTECE is also the first official entity to participate in WFTA’s new Embassy program. For more information, email presidente(at)portugal-aptece(dot)com or call +351 91 09 56 384.

About the World Food Travel Association (WFTA)

Eat Well, Travel Better – what the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) is all about. We believe that by offering unique and memorable food and drink experiences, tourists will have a better overall experience and return home raving fans of a business or destination. The WFTA is a non-governmental organization and the world’s leading authority on food tourism, supporting a community of over 30,000 professionals in 135 countries. Founded in 2003, the WFTA is at the forefront of food and drink tourism with cutting-edge tools to help today’s food, drink, travel, hospitality and media professionals to leverage food and drink as visitor attractions. For more information, email info(at)worldfoodtravel(dot)org or connect and share socially with the WFTA at www.worldfoodtravel.org/social or call (+1) 503-213-3700.