How the food economy drives the development of sustainable tourism

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When destinations go viral, tensions between locals and visitors can be high. Promoting local food systems can up the ante for residents by maximizing the economic impact of tourism dollars. Building a deeper narrative around local food and culture can also create more rewarding experiences for the right kind of tourist.

Catalonia Tourist Office

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How can destinations encourage and promote local food systems to foster best practices in sustainable tourism? Here we look at Spain as a great example, and how local actors can work towards a longer-term vision, where well-managed tourism equals sustainable economic growth for Catalonia. This region has an interconnected and exciting ecosystem, which contributes to its lasting culinary footprint.

In this report, you will learn:

    • What sustainability means for the travel industry in light of overtourism
    • The rise of the “local food” movement and its impact on tourism
    • The link between food systems, economic development and sustainable tourism
    • Gastronomy, culture and rural tourism in Catalonia

This report was researched and written by Skift’s Head of Research, Luke Bujarski. Among other activities, Luke lived and worked in Barcelona for several years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish linguistics and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, with a concentration in regional economics.

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