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Portugal hosts world’s largest food & drink travel gathering
24/Sep/2014
LISBON, PORTUGAL and PORTLAND, OR, USA, September 25, 2014 – 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 from Roads & 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.
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