The World Tourism Organization Secretary General Taleb Rifai said Peru has become a gastronomic mecca and assured its cuisine has evolved significantly over the last years thanks to its ingredients and variety.
Remarks came after the announcement of Lima as host city for the 2nd World Forum on Food Tourism, within the framework of the 2016 International Tourism Fair (Fitur) held in Madrid, Spain.
Peru will be a remarkable host, and will be the second country to stage the event after Spain, host of the first edition held last year in San Sebastian.
The agreement was inked by the Peruvian Government, the UNWTO and the Spanish Basque Culinary Center (BCC), represented by Peru’s Deputy Minister of Tourism Maira del Carmen Reparaz, UNWTO Secretary General Talef Rifai and BCC General Director Joxe Mari Aizega, respectively.
BCC General Director Joxe Mari Aizega said the deal is intended to promote the knowledge of good practices and reflections on the tourism industry.
“The importance of gastronomy is significant; tourism-related strategies have grown, and gastronomy plays a major role in tourists’ travel decisions. Gastronomy is merging as one of the world’s principal magnets of tourism,” he underlined.
On Wednesday, Peruvian Ambassador to Madrid Rafael Roncagliolo and Deputy Minister of Tourism Maria del Carmen Reparaz opened the Peru Pavilion at Fitur 2016 in the presence of special guests.
Attendees tasted Peruvian flagship drink —pisco— while enjoying traditional dances.
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