The Belgian city of Bruges will host the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in 2020.
The Forum is organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation alongside the Basque Culinary Centre (BCC). The annual event alternates between San Sebastian in Spain and another host country.
It will bring together Ministers of Tourism, chefs, entrepreneurs, producers, and many others in the Concertgebouw from 1-4 June 2020.
The theme for the 2020 edition is ‘Gastronomy Tourism: Promoting Rural Tourism and Regional Development’.
Alderman of Tourism Philip Pierins said: “We are extremely proud that, through their joint efforts, EventFlanders and the City of Bruges have succeeded in bringing this top conference to Bruges.”
Flemish minister of Tourism Zuhal Demir adds: “In 2020, gastronomy is coming back home. During the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in Bruges, we want to show the world that this city offers countless eating opportunities.
“Nowhere else in the world do you find so many Michelin stars on such a limited area and nowhere in the world is the difference between the haute cuisine and the ‘ordinary’ gastronomy so negligible. We need to be more aware of that and we have to make sure that the whole world knows it too.”