Food Tourism

Topics: Tourism, Food, World Tourism Organization Pages: 19 (5523 words) Published: November 4, 2012
British Food Journal
Emerald Article: Food tourism reviewed
Joan C. Henderson

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Food tourism reviewed

Food tourism

Joan C. Henderson
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the contribution of food to tourism with particular reference to the importance of food tourism and the factors which are critical to its success, highlighting topics for future research.

Design/methodology/approach – Findings are based on analysis of academic and practitioner materials in the public domain collected from a range of print and electronic sources. Findings – Food is the subject of various types of tourism product and is a common theme in marketing, by businesses and destination authorities. Tourism in which food plays a primary or supporting role is already popular and has good prospects, but there are also challenges for the food and tourism industries to overcome, which vary with location. Practical implications – Opportunities are suggested as well as some of the problems to be resolved by suppliers and marketers if the potential of food tourism is to be fully exploited. Originality/value – The paper is a reassessment of the significance of food tourism as a product and market and a reminder of possible pitfalls regarding its successful sales and marketing. Keywords Food products, Tourism, Sales, Suppliers

Paper type General review

Food is an important tourist attraction in an assortment of forms and enhances or is central to the visitor experience. It has assumed a prominent role in tourist decision-making...
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