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.