7th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism Side event (Dec 12)

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The 7th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism will be held from Monday, December 12 to Thursday, December 15, 2022 (4 days).  

Within the context of the Forum, the UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific, together with the Japan Tourism Agency and APTEC will host a side event on The Case of Japan: Gastronomy Tourism × Sustainable Tourism × Culture on 12th December 2022, in collaboration with UNWTO. This side event will aim to introduce the initiatives and best practices of gastronomy tourism throughout Japan, especially those that have transformed gastronomy tourism into a sustainable tourism destination management or new tourism attractions, in order to contribute to a better recovery through the further development of gastronomy tourism.

With the above in mind, the event will focus on the existing and opportunity for further interlinkages between gastronomy tourism, sustainability and culture.

This side event is free of charge and open to all domestic and international participants. The event will be conducted in Japanese; English simultaneous translation will be provided to international participants.   Please see below further practical information for the event:

〇Side event

[Organizer] Japan Tourism Agency, UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific, Asia-Pacific Tourism Exchange Center (in collaboration with UNWTO)

[Date and Time] Monday, December 12, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (JST)

[Venue] Tempyo Hall, Nara Prefectural Convention Center – Nara city

[Event theme (tentative)] The case of Japan: Gastronomy Tourism × Sustainable Tourism × Culture

[Capacity] Approx. 150 persons (only on-site)

[Participants (tentative) ] Participants from Japan and overseas (including overseas participants of the World Gastronomy Tourism Forum)

[Registration] Online registration is necessary. To register for side event, please visit the 7th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism website below.

7th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism website

[Schedule Program (Planned)]

12:15- 13:00Registration of participants
13:00- 13:15Opening Ceremony
– Opening remarks
  To be delivered by a representative of the Japan Tourism Agency
– Welcome remarks
  TBC
– Congratulatory remarks
Mr. Harry Hwang, Director, Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO(TBC)
13:15-13:25Introductory presentation on the role of Gastronomy Tourism in tourism development
Ms. Sandra Carvao, Chief, Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Department, UNWTO (TBC)
13:25-13:45Keynote speech on Sustainable Tourism in Japan
To be delivered by a Japanese government representative (TBC)
13:45-13:50 Stage change
13:50-14:30Panel Discussion on gastronomy tourism’s role in sustainable tourism
Best practices and efforts by business operators and destinations in Japan will be introduced to the audience by the panelists.
Moderator and panelists to be confirmed soon
14:30- 14:50Coffee Break
14:50 15:50Panel Discussion on gastronomy tourism in Japan: a key stakeholders’ perspective
This panel will invite a food producer, a chef, a marketer and a researcher to discuss on the topic.
Moderator and panelists to be confirmed soon
15:50- 16:40Panel Discussion on gastronomy tourism as culture enhancer
This panel will explore the use of gastronomy tourism as a culture enhancer through the lenses of a film maker and city representative.
Moderator and panelists to be confirmed soon
16:40- 16:50Summary conclusion
Ms. Chiaki Oya, Deputy Chief, UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific
16:50- 16:55Closing ceremony
– Closing remarks
  Mr. Yoshiaki Hompo, Chief, UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific
16:55- 17:00Group photo

※The above is scheduled and may be changed in the future.

※The contents are scheduled to be updated as needed.