The headquarters of the World Tourism Organisation in Madrid was the venue for the presentation of the Eighth World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, organised by the UNWTO itself together with the Basque Culinary Center, which this year will be held in San Sebastian from 5 to 7 October.
The event was attended by the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, the Director General of the BCC, Joxe Mari Aizega, the Basque Government Minister for Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Javier Hurtado, the Deputy Director General for Cooperation and Competitiveness in Tourism of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Félix de Paz García, and the Provincial Councillor for Mobility, Tourism and Territorial Planning, Azahara Domínguez.
In her speech at the presentation ceremony, Azahara Domínguez wanted to highlight the benefits of gastronomic tourism in Gipuzkoa, which is closely linked to tradition and local production, concepts in tune with the spirit of the event. Domínguez revealed "one of the secrets of the good gastronomic management that we boast of in Gipuzkoa, which consists of the transmission from generation to generation of the taste for tradition, local production, cultural heritage and evolution and the search for new paths, but always with our feet on the ground".
The forum, whose main base for activities will be set up at Tabakalera, will be attended by an estimated 500 people. They will take part in multiple activities, such as workshops, round tables, presentations, practical sessions and technical learning visits, always following a common thread that, in the case of this edition, will focus on the links between tourism, gastronomy and producers, with the aim of fostering rural development, promoting sustainability and resilience, preserving cultural and natural heritage, and welcoming innovation to improve the tourist experience.
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