BRUGES: The World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism which was scheduled to take place in Bruges, Belgium in early June 2020 has been postponed to June 2021.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Flemish government, organisational partners UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Centre, Tourism Flanders and the city of Bruges have decided to postpone the event.
The UNWTO Forum will provide the unique opportunity in 2021 to exchange experiences on how to face these challenging times.
The Flemish minister of tourism Zuhal Demir said “Given the worldwide developments surrounding the coronavirus, postponing the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism is the only right decision. Public health and supporting the tourist and gastronomic sector are now our priority, so that we can come out stronger here and put Flemish gastronomy back in the spotlight in 2021. ”
The event was set to welcome around 500 policy makers, chefs, entrepreneurs and academics to the Belgian city to participate in the sixth edition of the UNWTO which is considered the top culinary congress of the World Tourism Organisation.
The conference will offer a unique opportunity to exchange experiences about facing these challenging times and to place gastronomy and tourism at the center of the recovery plans.