Link Friday: The Gastronomic Travel Edition

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2015 by Kate

Here at Pilch & Barnet, we like to eat. So it’s no surprise that we also like to write about eating. Today’s subject: gastronomic travel.

  • Gastronomy is a gross sounding word for the study of gourmet cuisine. Being a gastronomist is a step up from foodie.
  • Gastronomic tourism is travel with the main purpose of enjoying local foods and beverages. These kind of tourists are usually wealthier professionals between 30-50 and they often spend over a third of their travel budget on food and food-related activities.
  • The gastronomic travel market continues to grow, so cater to it (ha, see what I did there?). For example, 40% of international travelers to Portugal list cuisine as a top reason for their visit and 81% leave saying they’re “very satisfied” with the gastronomy. Listening to what travelers want helped tourism there grow 12 percent in 2014, faster than all the rest of Europe.
  • Hungry? Here are half a dozen of the best places in the U.S. to visit, guaranteed to satisfy.
  • For the finest international experience, word on the street is, Lyon, France is the place you need to be.
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About Kate

As a former television journalist, Ms. Hagen knows a lot about engaging an audience. She is adept at using social media to capture the attention of travelers, feeding them useful information and carefully selected tidbits, all with the goal of turning prospective travelers into overnights.