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The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism

by Elizabeth Becker

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    Apr 2013, 464 pages
    Feb 2016, 320 pages

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Food Tourism

When we visited Merida in Mexico a few years ago, my husband had already decided where he wanted to eat and when. We had to taste the chaya drink made from chaya leaves, had to eat the cochinita pibil and eat at La Casa de Frida, a restaurant that was also home to many Frida Kahlo collectibles. Granted the Apte family is a little obsessed with food, but we're not alone. Food tourism, where the food and wine of a region are big draws, is getting to be big business.

According to the World Food & Travel Association, whose mission is to preserve and promote the world's food and drink cultures through travel, food tourism may be defined as "the pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near." Food tourism circuits need not be restricted to three-star Michelin restaurants either. How about street food vendors and local pubs? All food that contributes to local flavor is part of the experience. Food tourism has become so popular that a...

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