Today marked the grand opening of FIBEGA Miami 2019 which we have been able to perceive the importance of gastronomy tourism, not only in Miami, Florida, or the United States, but throughout the world. Representatives from more than 100 regions were present in one way or another at FIBEGA Miami, the First International Gastronomic Tourism Fair.
With this fair, the interest in gastronomy as a travel force becomes evident. According to data from the World Tourism Organization, 40% of the expenditure spent by tourists already corresponds to gastronomy. Specifically, in the United States, it is estimated that 24 million travelers travel with gastronomy as the main motivation. This interest is reflected in the almost 1,500 professionals who have attended the first day of FIBEGA Miami.
The first day kicked off the day with an opening ceremony with a speech from Roi Correa, president of FIBEGA Miami, which stated the importance of encouraging guests to meet, network, build new relationships and most importantly celebrate the possibilities of the emerging sector of Gastronomy Tourism. The objective of FIBEGA Miami is to demonstrate the richness and diversity of gastronomy tourism and the endless possibilities that it offers to regions around the world. Gastronomy tourism promotes sustainability, happiness and unity. “My dream is for all of us together to create an annual meeting point to achieve those goals and contribute to a better world, states Correa”.
Alongside Mr. Correa, we welcomed Mr. Manny Gonzalez, Chief of Economic Development and International Trade for Miami Dade County, as well Mr. Bill Talbert, President of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Carman Chan, Director of Sales and Marketing of the Macao Government Tourism office and invited city of FIBEGA Miami.
During the day the conferences "Taking gastronomy destinations to the next level: A holistic approach" were developed. Along with the most formal part of the congress, the public has been able to have fun with the Ecuadorian dances and the Traditional Dancing Lions of Macao.
Saturday and Sunday you you can continue tasting the dishes of Ecuador, Peru, Macao, Morocco, Brazil, Guatemala, Tamaulipas, Mendoza, Valencia, Naples and you can taste delicacies such as caviar, black truffle, Jamon Iberico de Bellota 5 Jotas, Ecuadorian chocolates, Spanish wines, mezcal, pure olive oils, and premium beers .