If encountering KFC signs abroad makes you wonder why you booked the trip, you’re ready to join the vanguard of the culinary tourism movement. Discovering local foods has always been a cool travel experience, but now the public’s enthusiasm for organic and “slow” food is putting gustatory experiences at the top of many itineraries. According to the International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA), purveyors of local delicacies all around the world successfully started to reach significant numbers of culinary tourists about four years ago, and now an “industry” is starting to emerge.

The ICTA is promoting culinary tourism to the traveling public through http://www.foodtrekker.com/, which is in soft launch mode. It aspires to be a community of eaters and eateries that spans the planet. Keep an eye on this site to see how it develops. In the meantime, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is joining the party and promoting culinary tours put together by its members.  Itineraries featuring local dining and cooking adventures await you in Peru, Chile, New Zealand, India, Costa Rica and Ethiopia. I can’t think of a better way to travel and stay healthy.  Take the time to make plans to eat well and literally savor the local culture.

Photo by Andy Orr.


About The Author

Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.


  1. Healthy eating means maintaining a nutritious diet. I believe it to be important to every one. I stress a healthy life to my family and friends and I try to show them the benefits of it. I think the greatest benefit, most of all, is that it makes you feel and look great. If you’re not eating healthy, then you are not helping your body. You are filling it with what it does not want, instead, help your body out and eat healthy. The turn out is awesome. I have been eating healthy for years and I have never felt better in my life.

  2. Hi Mike, Great article – you’ve got your finger on the pulse of what’s happening. Thank you.

    Erik Wolf
    International Culinary Tourism Association

  3. Help me with my school project and fill out my Culinary Tourism survey:



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