A study conducted by Travel Industry Association (TIA) and Gourmet and the International Culinary Tourism Association found that about 27 million travelers composing of 17% Americans have joined various food and wine activities during their vacation. Moreover, in February 2007 nearly 60% of them are also interested in wine and food travelling in the coming years. |
The research reveals that now more event planners must integrate culinary events in their activities. Today, more and more food and wine travel websites are also joining the bandwagon to provide fun and learning experience for travelers. Americans and the rest of the people who love journey can reach various destinations in the world while learning local cuisines of the place.
On an average, people booking for such trips spend about $973 with about 23% of the budget allocated for wine. In US, famous destinations include Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, New York, Missouri, Ohio and more. Moreover, findings on research also found out that culinary adventurists belong to the younger generation, educated and are coming from well off families. They are encouraged on getting the benefits of learning while spending leisure time with their friends or family. Further, with exposure to culture and environment, they are also more motivated to go far places they had never reach before. As they roam and discover new culture, food and wine in a native region, tourists are more likely to bring local wines and foods with them. Aside from focusing on culinary vacations, business travel sites and business event agencies are also focusing on various programs including:
• Visiting farmers markets
• Attending wine festivals
• Tasting locally made wines
• Participating in winery tours
• Driving a wine trail
• Dining out for a memorable experience
• Cooking classes
• gourmet food shopping
For leisure vacationers, the easiest way to discover the culture of one place is to experience its native dishes and drinks. This is why travel agencies are also offering programs dealing with wine and beer tastings or visit to wineries. There are also vacations focused on cheese and black pork tasting such as in Gran Canaria Tours arranged by Harven Gourmet. If you want to experience cooking Pasta, vitello, parmigiano and pecorino, rigatoni, penne, polenta, prosciutto, risotto, scaloppine, tiramisu and panna cotta then an Italian journey will surely give you the best pleasure in your journey.
Some of the popular destinations in the world also include Thailand visit where one can indulged in Northern, Northeastern (Isan), and Central and Southern Thai foods, travel to Japan for their Sushi and Sashimi gastronomic specialties, Carribean exploration for their spicy cuisines, Vietnam, Spain and many more.
Culinary vacations are wonderful experience that offers endless discoveries and learning. Today travelers can enjoy acquiring broader cooking experience and gain more knowledge on the culture, people, food and wines native to the localities they are visiting.
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Harven Gourmet is dedicated in offering Excursions Gran Canariacooking classes, culinary, cheese and wine tours in Canary Islands. They specialize on various local cuisines such as Canarian Black Pork, cheese and wine tours and more. If you want to experience real Gran Canaria Tours or Culinary Vacations, please visit www.harvengourmet.com.
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