ULTIMATELY, GETTING A TASTE for culture and adventure is what travel is all about, and now more than ever, travelers take that concept literally. Many use guidebooks or spend hours scouring local listings to find the greatest sips and bites in a given destination, whether they’re Michelin-rated or hidden among the stalls of a hawker market. In a recent study, the World Food Travel Association found 81 percent of survey responders believe eating and drinking help in understanding the local culture, noting culinary history and hospitality styles are what generally create the foundation of a destination’s character.
A remarkable 91 percent of travelers admit to creating longlasting and powerful memories based on their experiences with an area’s food and beverage offerings, according to the WFTA. Culinary travel is on the rise in nearly all parts of the world, with many innovative and in-depth food tours growing from the increased interest in savoring everything a destination offers.
In Mexico City visitors eat like a local on the curated food tours through the city organized by renowned cookbook author Lesley Téllez. Téllez started Eat Mexico in 2010 to help visitors navigate the vast network of sidewalk grills, market stalls, taquerias, and small, home-style kitchens called fondas. Her mission is to show people where locals eat, and her tours range from three-hour walks through the city to all-day excursions to uncover the inner workings of a nearby cactus farm before learning the art of tortilla-making from a skilled local tortillera.
Food tours are popping up in all corners of Europe and Asia, where tour operators like Zicasso, Intrepid Travel and Lonely Planet created a huge range of tours run by local guides who specialize in a specific city or even neighborhood. Food tours in Vail, Colorado, are conducted via bicycle with Vail Valley Food Tours to help visitors pack in as much as possible while in town, including taking in the stunning scenery along the bike paths for a calorie-neutral excursion.
The only way to access some of the most exclusive and hyperlocal spots in Montréal is by booking a food tour, as the city has become a hotbed for hard-to-find speakeasies. Local guide René Lemieux has guided tours around his hometown for decades and partnered with the AC Marriott Montréal through Tourism Montreal to give guests behind-the-scenes tours. Lemieux knows just about everyone in town, which means he also knows all the secrets for entering the super-exclusive speakeasies that freckle the city, like looking for the image of a rubber duck before entering through what appears to be a refrigerator but is actually the entrance to one of the city’s hottest bars, ironically named The Coldroom.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to start thinking about gifts for your wine-loving friends. If you or someone you know is planning an upcoming trip to a wine region, check out Argaux. The all-women-operated and -owned online wine shop and educational platform offers a series of tasting sets to celebrate and introduce some of the best wine destinations. The Gaux-To Tasting Sets are perfect for travelers to experience the wine before they travel — or without having to travel.
The Red Sea Development Company recently finalized its utilities deal with a consortium led by ACWA Power for The Red Sea Project, setting the development as the largest tourism project in the world set to be powered solely by renewable energy.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers the chance to get up to $5,000 off per person on a 2022 sailing if booked by Nov. 30 as part of a Black Friday deal. This offer is valid on bookings made through Nov. 30 on cruises in 2022. Additionally, this deal can be combined with any publicly available promotion and standard River Heritage Club membership savings or benefits.
Peru-based hotel brand Inkaterra was named the first-ever “climate-positive” hotel brand in the world by GreenInitiative. Climate-positive can be defined as “any activity that furthers the achievement of net zero carbon emissions, providing an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” Endorsed by the United Nations, GreenInitiative announced Inkaterra Hotels’ achievement upon measuring the company’s carbon footprint and offset.
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Premiere luxury resort L’Auberge de Sedona debuts the Home for the Holidays experience to go with the resort’s holiday celebrations. Guests are invited to join in the festivities this year amid Arizona’s beautiful natural features like Oak Creek and Red Rocks.