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Jun 26, 2024

Gastronomy Tourism Forum for Asia-Pacific held

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The first UN Tourism Regional Forum on Gastronomy Tourism for Asia and the Pacific has been celebrated as key stakeholders look to a more inclusive and sustainable future.

Asia and the Pacific’s growing status has built on the success of the global event to serve as a platform for public and private sector leaders to address challenges and opportunities of global tourism was co-organized by UN Tourism and the Basque Culinary Centre (BCC) and hosted by the Department of Tourism of the Philippines, said the UN Tourism press note.

Reflecting the strong commitment of its Member States to harnessing the economic and social benefits of gastronomy tourism, UN Tourism put the focus on policy frameworks and government action.

High level dignitaries from the Philippines, from Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and China stressed on the case for policies and strategies that enhance the benefits of gastronomy tourism and the importance of connecting tourism with other sectors namely agriculture, culture and rural development.

“Food is at the heart of every tourist experience, and gastronomy tourism delivers many social and economic benefits,” said the UN Tourism Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili adding, “For it to deliver on its potential, we need to create well-defined gastronomy tourism policies and strategies that bring together all stakeholders with a common vision and mission, as exemplified by this first regional Forum.”

The event concluded with the Cebu Call to Action on Gastronomy Tourism, calling for both public and private sector leaders to develop comprehensive strategies at all levels to integrate gastronomy tourism into policy and practice, the release added.

Emphasis was placed on empowering local communities through training and financing, promoting unique culinary experiences, and advocating for sustainable practices that protect local cultures and the environment.

the Forum brought together academic, business leaders, community representatives and top chefs including UN Tourism Ambassadors for Sustainable Tourism: Chef Pilar Rodriguez (Chile), Chef Rudolf Stefan (Croatia), Chef Fatmata Binta (Ghana) and Chef Margarita Fores (Philippines).

On the occasion, UN Tourism nominated Chef Vicky Cheng (Hong Kong, China) as its most recent UN Tourism Ambassador.