Tourism in 2017

I recently came across this great article by Sara about the food industry and Tourism.

A very important thing to consider in this industry. I thought I’d share this segment of her article with you.

Please also feel free to read her whole article here


Posted by Sara Napier Burkhard on Dec 5, 2016

Food Tourism

When it comes to travel it always comes down to food at some point, doesn’t it? Food tourism has become an emerging trend among travelers everywhere and tourism experts have taken notice.
According to Skift UK Editor Patrick Whyte at TouRRoir 2016, food experiences are not limited to simply dining out. It includes cooking courses, farm tours and the classic food markets, which make up about 95% of these experiences.
Food tour experience
These experiences are closely tied to the culture of the location. Many travellers consider it to be one of the best ways to get to know the story of the place they’re traveling to and it works as a valuable resource for tourism companies.
Operators who are providing a food experience can benefit by ensuring it connects products with people and the traditions of a destination. With this in mind, every stage of the customer journey can be actively reinforced.

Responsible Tourism

Global changes affect us all. More travelers are aware of the impact their experiences have on the planet and as a result, more are opting for sustainable measures in their travel.
“2017 has been appointed The International Year of Sustainable Tourism by the UN “as a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued”
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai
Global campaigns have been set in place to promote more sustainable forms of travel and industry professionals should expect a shift in the mindset of travelers everywhere. They will be more interested in the environmental, economic and social impact they’re making at the destination they visit and are likely to support companies that embody these values.
There will likely be many mindful changes ahead for the modern traveler, like staying closer to home to reduce their carbon footprint. Tour businesses with a strong awareness of the impact they’re making will benefit greatly from their already established ecotourism practices. However that’s not to say that businesses who are just waking up to this trend will be far behind! Companies will need to develop a strong social focus.