"Today tourists want not only to enjoy the sights of a country, but also to enjoy its spirit and to learn more about its people. Gastronomy makes this possible, "- Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
In the period from 27 to 29 of April the II World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism took place in Lima Convention Center, Peru. It was organized by the Exports and Tourism Promotion Board of Peru (PromPeru) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and gathered more than 3,000 participants from the North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Government of Peru and the Basque Culinary Center (Spain) gave the extensive support to the Forum.
The president of Peru Mr. Ollanta Moisés Humala Tasso opened the Forum with the welcoming speech addressed to the participants. The opening ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Commerce, Foreign Trade and Tourism of the Republic of Peru Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez, the Executive Secretary of Member Relations at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Carlos Vogeler, the Director of the Basque Culinary Center, Joxe Mari Aizega and the President of the Royal Academy of Gastronomy Mr. Rafael Ansón.
Leading world experts from 56 countries of the world met in Lima to exchange their experience and to discuss actual questions on gastronomy tourism. Particular attention was given to questions on studying of best practices, professional training and creation of innovative tourist products.
The president of the International Center of Wine and Gastronomy Leonid Gelibterman was invited by the organizers of the Forum as the member of the working group of the Expert Board of UNWTO Gastronomy network and took part in the regular session of the Board. Leonid Gelibterman also became a speaker in the first panel discussion devoted to opportunities of world gastronomy tourism together with representatives from Peru, USA, France and Japan. Mr. Gelibterman also moderated the individual workshop dedicated to the “Challenges in Gastronomy Tourism”.
The president of the International Center of Wine and Gastronomy (in particular as the vice-president of the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers of Russia) held the negotiations concerning questions on cooperation with colleagues from Argentina, Indonesia, Ireland, Spain, Canada, China, Mexico, Peru, USA, Thailand, Uruguay, France and Japan.
During the meeting with the Minister of Commerce, Foreign Trade and Tourism of the Republic of Peru Magali Silva Velarde-Álvarez there were discussed the prospects of cooperation in the sphere of gastronomy tourism between Peru and Russia, and the course of actions was planned.