Peru hosted the 2nd World Forum on Food Tourism, which ended with a successful closing ceremony where the Executive Director of the World Tourism Organization, Carlos Vogeler, stressed that Lima is already at the center of world cuisine.
“Gastronomy in Peru has favored less fortunate actors all along the value chain. For this reason, the crossover between tourism and gastronomy poses many challenges, which we are confident we will be able to meet. We need more highways, ports, airports and rural roads to connect these communities with the markets without losing their essence, including them at a fair price for the service or product they create and are prepared to offer,” said Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism at this World Forum.
The closing ceremony of this important event paid posthumous homage to environmentalist Antonio Brack Egg, as well as 53 icons of Peruvian cuisine, including Teresa Izquierdo, Ivan Kisic and Toshiro Konishi. The ceremony also featured data collected by PROMPERÚ showing that inbound tourism in Peru will see 43% growth by the end of July and that food-related travel increased from 8% to 20%.
The forum exceeded its organizers’ expectations: “They went above and beyond and gave it passion and heart – an essential ingredient in the world of food. We have truly felt these emotions being conveyed during this event,” stressed the Executive Director of the UNWTO. Earlier it was revealed that the 3rd World Forum on Food Tourism will be held in the city of San Sebastian, Spain.