Kelowna, BC – The Okanagan will welcome international speakers, colleagues, educators, and scholars for the first Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures Conference, taking place October 17-20, 2017 and will welcome 150 delegates to the first edition.
registration is open now through July 15 and welcomes academic and professional
specialists to attend as we share ideas and practices on the transformative
potentials of wine and food tourism. To register visit the conference
conference will feature daily keynote speakers, concurrent sessions for
academia and industry, panel discussions as well as evening site visits to
local wine and culinary producers,” comments John Hull, Associate Professor
Thompson River University and conference co-chair. “The four day conference
will be filled with a strong selection of national and international speakers
sharing their stories including successes based on their experiences in their
The conference will consist of a series of academic and industry break-out sessions, keynote speakers and panel discussions. Individuals interested in presenting may submit their interest to CALL FOR PAPERS, deadline for paper submission is June 15, 2017.
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
Tim Hanni - Vinotype, Master of Wine
“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,” notes Donna Senese, Associate Professor University of British Columbia Okanagan and conference co-chair. “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.”
The Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures Conference goal is to promote and increase dialogue, foster communication and increase collaboration between academia and industry on a global scale ensuring a positive future for the industry.