Dimensions of the food tourism experience: building future scenarios

Moscardo, Gianna, Minihan, Christina, and O'Leary, Joseph (2015) Dimensions of the food tourism experience: building future scenarios. In: Yeoman, Ian, McMahon-Beattie, Una, Fields, Kevin, Albrecht, Julia N., and Meethan, Kevin, (eds.) The Future of Food Tourism: foodies, experiences, exclusivity, visions and political capital. Aspects of Tourism, 71 . Channel View Publications, Bristol, UK, pp. 208-222.

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Food tourism, also known as culinary and gastronomic tourism, refers to travel activities that are motivated by, and focused on, food production and consumption (Ignatov & Smith, 2006). It results from the confluence of three forces - demand from tourists for food-related experiences, preparedness on the part of food producers to offer food, and the organisation of supply by tourism and hospitality businesses. Together these forces create a wide variety of opportunities for food tourism experiences ranging from food and wine tasting food-themed tours of regions cooking classes, themed restaurants food festivals and haute cuisine dining. Food tourism is seen as both meeting market demands for more specialised and experiential forms of tourism (Kim et al., 2010), and offering a way for regions to use tourism to support local industries and develop competitive advantage (du Rand & Heath 2006). Many destinations see food tourism as a way to generate more sustainable tourism benefits for local producers and businesses (Green & Dougherty, 2008). But the rapid development of food tourism has meant that a confusing array of tourist opportunities have emerged with limited research evidence to guide practice or predict future developments.

Item ID: 39988
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-84541-538-9
Keywords: food tourism; culinary tourism; tourism future scenarios; tourist experience
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 02:11
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