OCTOBER 17 - 20, 2017

The Conference and Venue

Vaseux lake

Vaseux lake

Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures' will bring together academic and professional specialists to share ideas and practices on the transformative potentials of wine and food tourism. Transformative tourism marks a paradigm shift for the industry that harnesses the social and environmental consciousness of a new travel market for positive social, economic and environmental change. By opening a dialogue between the academy, industry, and government actors this conference will provide a platform to disperse information, broaden our network, mentor emerging scholars and practitioners and encourage new perspectives on best practices and potentials. Our conference goal is to promote and increase dialogue, foster communication and increase collaboration between academia and industry on a global scale. We feel this broad goal will ensure a positive future for the industry but it requires an approach that crosses geographic borders, disciplinary lines of the academy, and sector lines of industry.

The conference will be held from October 17-20th, 2017. The venue for the conference on the shores of the scenic Okanagan Lake and award winning premium full service Manteo Waterfront Resort and Villas. The conference will feature daily keynote speakers, concurrent sessions for academia and industry, panel discussions and site visits to local wine and culinary producers. 

Conference Themes

Similkameen Region



The Resources theme focuses on the cultural, natural, political and economic capital that generates and sustains the wine and food tourism industry including landscape, ecology, tradition and traditional knowledge of food and wine systems.

Grape Crushing



The Practices theme considers service design, fair labour, delivery, incubators, innovation and diversification of the industries and education for transformation or teaching with terroir,

Wine and food in the Okanagan



The Outcomes theme draws on ideas about the impacts, potentials and realised transformations brought on by wine and food tourism using global examples of the impact of food and wine tourism on the rural experience economy; the rural renaissance and regional economic development; product and market development; sustainable practices, food and environmental security.

Opportunities of Publication

Expected outcomes include identification of key areas of potential for transformative wine and culinary tourism and a global compilation of existing successful practices and avenues for future research. The outcomes include dissemination in a peer reviewed conference proceedings and a special edition of the journal Tourism Analysis.

Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Donna Senese, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Community Culture and Global Studies, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada
  • Dr. John S. Hull, Associate Professor, Tourism Management, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
  • Dr. Byron Marlowe, Carson College of Business, Washington State University, USA
  • Jonathan Rouse, Associate Dean, Okanagan School of Business and Director of Food, Wine and Tourism, Okanagan College, Canada
  • Dr. Kellee Caton, Associate Professor, Tourism Management, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
  • Dr. Colleen Hiner, Assistant Professor, Texas State University, USA
  • Dr. Filippo Randelli, Associate Professor, Department of Science for Economics and Business, University of Florence, Italy
  • Dr. Axel Dreyer, Professor, Tourism Management and Marketing, Harz University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Dr. Julie McIntyre, Research Fellow, , Wine Studies Research Network, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Dr. Donna Sears, Associate Professor, Manning School of Business, Acadia University, Canada