(Gastro-tourists are foodies who want to go behind the scenes to taste and discuss the nuances of local region-specific foods and to learn about unique ingredients and cooking techniques from kitchen culture experts.
Check out our recent video (done in collaboration with Amity University, India) that describes Gastro-tourism, Gastro-tourists, and Sustainable Gastro-Destination Development. It also discusses Covid-19 implications for FOOD & BEVERAGE gastro-tourism businesses.
Gastro-tourism is much more than just eating great food at local restaurants
What Is A Gastro-Tourism Site?
An individual place that provides guests with opportunities to create unique, memorable experiences that highlight kitchen cultures and local or regional foods or beverages. Gastro-Hosts facilitate opportunities for friendly, fun, authentic, hands-on memorable activities.
What's a 6+ Gastro-CLUSTER?
Places that brand and market 6 or more sites that promise extraordinary gastronomic experiences, all within a one hour travel radius, have the best potential of attracting tourists drawn to the pursuit of food and beverage-related activities and experiences. (Williams, Yuan & Williams, 2018)
Sites that link together to market their gastronomic adventures have a better chance of attracting overnight tourists to their town, city, village or neighborhood. 6+ gastro-tourist sites spur economic development.
See our presentations on gastro-tourism potential (link)
Our research reveals: "If the planning was easier we would travel more often."