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Gastronomy Tourism in San Sebastian

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 05.02.2019, 09:13 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] The 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism will take place in San Sebastian, Spain on 2-3 May 2019. In fact, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations specialized agency, a leading international organization with the decisive and central role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) have signed the Agreement

for the holding of the event. The new edition of this global forum is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Spain, the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the City of San Sebastián. Job creation and the encouragement of entrepreneurship will be this year’s special focus, in keeping with the 2019 UNWTO Year of Education, Skills and Jobs, strictly associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum will bring together Ministers of Tourism, representatives from National and Local Tourism Administrations, chefs, entrepreneurs, academia and related stakeholders from tourism and gastronomy to discuss latest trends and to share experience.

The event will see the announcement of the winner of the First Gastronomy Tourism Start-up Competition. The competition, organized by UNWTO and the BCC, will bring five finalists to San Sebastian. Tourism is a huge source of employment and its multiplier effect has a domino effect on other sectors, such as gastronomy and its huge value chain encompassing several sectors. "We are especially proud to be co-organizers of the 5th UNWTO World Forum of Gastronomy Tourism. An edition that returns to San Sebastian and that grows exponentially thanks to the support of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Spain, the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the City of Donostia.

Tourism today is a sector closely linked to gastronomy. At the Basque Culinary Center, we promote knowledge through training in both sectors and work to create an ecosystem that stimulates entrepreneurship and ensures quality employment", underlined Joxe Mari Aizega, Director, Basque Culinary Center. Policy framework for the development of gastronomy tourism and its capacity to create jobs and promote entrepreneurship, future skills, as well as ways to support SMEs and entrepreneurships in gastronomy tourism will be addressed as well during the forum. The panel presentations will be accompanied by working sessions giving all participants the opportunity to keenly immerse, interact and share ideas.

The event will close with a Masterclass by the Basque Culinary Center on how to develop competitive and sustainable gastronomy tourism in destinations. The Forum has been held since 2015.The Basque Culinary Center hosts it every two years with the purpose to promote the exchange the most appropriate experiences between experts in tourism and gastronomy, to identify best practices and to promote gastronomy tourism as a contributor to sustainable development.

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