The Importance Of Culinary Tourism

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Contemporary Special Interest Tourism Individual Report Outline Why people take part in Culinary Tourism? 1. Introduction In the twenty first century, there is a rising trend of people spending lesser time cooking at home and would rather spent most of their timing eating out due to the hassle in cooking and washing up. Nevertheless, this did not damper the interest in many people for their passion towards food and wine as a leisure experience. Many people then take this opportunity to travel to different places or countries to taste the different type of food due the cultural differences. For example, travelling overseas to attend or visit a culinary school, dining at restaurants famous for their local cuisines or for the celebrity chefs and also attending tours that is targeted at just one product. E.g. Vineyard and winery tours in France. (Shenoy, 2005) Thus, this study attempts to find out why people participate in culinary tourism. 1.1 Definition of Culinary Tourism Culinary Tourism which is also known as, Gastronomic or Food Tourism refers to trips made to destinations where the local food and beverages are the main motivating factors for travel. (Manolis, 2010) Also, the International Culinary Tourism Association defined this tourism as “The pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near.” (WorldFoodTravelAssociation, n.d.) 1.2 Characteristics of Culinary Tourism Imagery and Positioning Food and wine are the key element

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