6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism

6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Basque Culinary Center (BCC), VISITFLANDERS and the city of Bruges have the pleasure to announce that the 6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism took place on 31 October - 2 November 2021 in Bruges, Belgium.

Held under the theme ‘Gastronomy Tourism: Promoting Rural Tourism and Regional Development’, the event focused on the contribution of gastronomy tourism to social and economic integration. It also highlighted its untapped potential for job creation, regional cohesion and sustainable growth.

Building on UNWTO’s work on advancing innovation across the tourism sector, the Forum represented a unique opportunity for experts from across the growing field of gastronomy tourism to share new ideas and best practices and place the two sectors at the center of plans for recovery.

Conclusions - Flanders' Call to Action

Media Highlights

Get a glimpse of the Forum in this summary video!

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6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism



Monday, 1 November 2021:

(video: Opening Ceremony + Setting the scene)

(video: Africa session + keynotes - startups challenge)

Scaling up for the SDGs: UNWTO Gastronomy tourism pitch challenge

Tuesday, 2 November 2021:

Masterclasses on Gastronomy Tourism and Rural Development

Theme 1: Making gastronomy tourism an ally in environmental sustainability in rural areas

(video: Masterclass 1)

Theme 2: Culinary Craftsmanship – How gastronomy tourism can empower local communities and bring a new awareness about culinary traditions

(video: Masterclass 2)

Theme 3: Culinary innovation – culinary centres as drivers for innovation and development

Outside the box: Learning from Others

(video: Masterclass 3 + Outside the Box + Closing ceremony)

Bruges Unplugged

The closing event took place at Brewery De Halve Maan, an authentic family brewery in the heart of Bruges. The evening consisted of a tour of the brewery and a talk show with inspirational guests discussing topics such as local products and talent development in the gastronomy sector.

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6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism