The third International Wine Tourism Conference draws the crème de la crème to the ancient European city of Porto, Portugal. The third international wine tourism conference will be held this year in Porto, taking place from 30th January to 3rd of February: five days of pure unadulterated wine reverence. The conference will throw speakers, tour operators, wine experience providers, delegates and media representatives from every continent together to decant and savour 5 days of talks, panel discussions, workshops, winery visits and a great deal of wine tasting. Sites for previous conferences have been held in Spain, and this year’s promises to be an even bigger success, drawing over 200 people from across the globe.
As an emerging wine destination, Portugal provides an ideal spot for the conference, which will take place at the Pousada do Porto, Palacio do Freixo, on the banks of the river Douro. With over 350,000 hectares of vineyards and more than 250 grape varieties, Portugal asserts itself as a perfect setting for convalescing the global wine tourism network.
As well as a session with Celebrity Wine Review TV, hosted by Hollywood actress and wine presenter – Charity Winters, a selection of speakers with over forty presentations will be held throughout the conference. Anything from How to Enjoy New Ways of Drinking Port with Ana Ferro, Wine ‘Therapy’ Tours, with journalist Jochen Erler, to a philosophical Nieztsche discussion on the subject of wine consumption, with David Toumajian PhD, are on the agenda.
Wine enthusiasts from all over will get the chance to hear from a diversity of experts including Charles Metcalfe, George Sandeman and Adrian Bridge on panel discussions, symposiums and workshops, to really get to the bottom of the bottle.
Tour Operators attending will include agents specializing in FIT, Group and MICE travel, combining those who already offer wine and culinary tourism, and those who wish to expand the wine tourism network by offering this to their clients. Tourism agents and wine experience providers will have the chance to network at The Wine Tourism Workshop, extending their existing contacts and business relationships to gain bookings and feedback on consumers in the wine tourism industry.
Participating agents include:
Sebastian Ernst & Petra Wagner GbR (Germany), Vivian V Russell Travel (CA- USA), Wings Travel Services (NY – USA), The Travel Center – American Express (PA – USA), Kipling Travel (Denmark), Epicopia (McCabe Travel Group): A Collection of Food & Wine Travel Experiences (Texas – USA), Eli Event & Travel (Sweden) ,Fine Wine and Gourmet Travel (Miami – USA), Grupo Natura – Baccus Wine and Food (Spain) ,Thomas Schilde – Group & Incentive (Germany) ,Oeno Com (France) ,Shell Seekers (UK) ,TMT (Ireland) ,J & B Concierge (Czech Republic) ,Inteletravel (California – USA) ,Art Tours (Germany) ,Reiseorganisation Schmitzberger (Germany) ,Ianazzi Enterprises (NY – USA) ,LTM Luxury Travel Management (Poland), Alfran Tour Operadora de Turismo (Brazil) ,Holiday Trip (Colorado – USA), International Tours (Texas – USA), Far Eastern Travel International (NY – USA) ,Corporate Flyers (India), TUI – Le Passage to India Tours & Travels (India) ,Aaeros Travel (Texas – USA) ,Vineyard Adventures (Italy), Reisbüro Porto Villas (Germany).
Bloggers/Media Fam Trip 8 day trip
Wine bloggers and journalists alike will be looking forward to the Bloggers & Press Fam Trip. The trip includes an 8 day schedule packed with winery visits, conference talks, wine tastings, cooking demos, wine hotels and lots of surprises. Bloggers and media confirmed to date are travelling from USA, UK, Latvia, Russia, Italy and Austria.
To attend the International Wine Conference 2011 and gain the chance to exchange ideas with wine professionals and the key players in wine tourism, simply go to the wine pleasures website and complete the Delegates Registration Form. Delegates are advised to register early to ensure a place. Price of a 3 day ticket (Mon 31st Jan – Wed 2nd Feb) is 195 euros. Sales end November 30th 2010. Price of a 1 day ticket is 90-95 euros. Sales end January 15th 2011.
Throughout the three-day wine, food, and travel lovers will be able to connect with the International Conference and get daily news and updates through the Wine Pleasures Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and LinkedIn.
For more information, please call Wine Pleasures on +34.93.897.70.48 or email firstname.lastname@example.org