What is the background of the FoodTrekking Awards?
The World Food Travel Association introduced the Awards in 2016 as the food tourism industry's first awards for excellence and innovation, another first for our industry!
Then in 2018, we made several significant changes to the Awards program:
- The Awards categories were overhauled to more precisely reflect the needs and interests of our industry. Nine (9) new awards categories were introduced. See the Awards page for the list of current categories. Three of our new categories are directly linked to our Association's Food Tourism 2025 Initiative. We believe strongly in our goals for our industry and hope that you will too.
- We've announced a new, public Awards Ceremony (taking place annually at the FoodTreX Food Travel Innovation Summit in London).
- Awards winners get more benefits, including complimentary registration to the FoodTreX Food Travel Innovation Summit (a £399 value).
- Several applicants in the past did not have credit cards and therefore were unable to apply because they were unable to pay the application fee. We're now able to accept wire transfer payments from most countries at no additional cost. When you request the bank transfer details, we'll let you know if transfer fees from your country are included, or if an extra bank processing fee will be required.
In 2020, we paused the regular FoodTrekking Awards cycle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FoodTrekking Awards are scheduled to resume on schedule in 1Q 2021.
In 2020, we introduced a Food Tourism Industry Lifetime Achievement Awards, both to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to our industry, as well as to shine a ray of hope during an otherwise dark time in travel and tourism.