International Wine Tourism Conference 2012 Shaping Up

The 2012 International Wine Tourism Conference & Workshop (IWINETC) will be held in Perugia (Umbria, Italy) from January 30 – February 02, 2012. Next year’s event will again feature a three-day conference programme with over 40 talks, a one-day workshop for agents and pre-and post tours to wineries in Campania, Marchè, Tuscany and Umbria. 

IWINETC Programme  

The International Wine Tourism Conference is the first ever global event dedicated to the wine and travel sector, providing a place for wine, culinary and travel professionals from the around the world to meet face to face and openly address today’s wine and travel opportunities. It is also the only event which has a platform to buy and sell wine and culinary tourism related products and services – the Wine Tourism Workshop. 

Organised by Wine Pleasures, this year’s event will consist of five plenary sessions addressing key areas on wine tourism , as well as over 40 talks to generate and nurture practical discussion about a wide range of aspects related to wine and culinary tourism. Social Media experts will also host hands-on workshops, which will focus on getting wine tourism businesses better connected on the social media networks. 

The three-day conference is structured to encourage the acquisition of skills and information, the exchange of expertise and experience, and to foster networking opportunities. Each day includes an “After Conference” schedule consisting of wine tastings and in the evening, delegates have the chance to wine and dine in and around Perugia. Delegates can also participate in Pre-Conference and Post Conference tour programmes consisting of visits to wineries in Orvieto, Montefalco and Torgiano to discover Umbria’s rich oenological heritage. 

The one-day Wine Tourism Workshop is for international tour operators and travel agents to hold private meeting with wine tourism experience providers from around the world. Participating agents will complement their stay with one of three Fam Trips to choose from: Marchè, Tuscany or Umbria. 

From January 28th  – February 5thwe will again feature a packed 8 day Blogger/Media Fam Trip which will include visits to wineries in Umbria and Campania. 

Notes for Media 

About the International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop 

Founded in 2009 and held annually, the International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop is organised by Wine Pleasures, a company which offers services to the wine and travel industry. The annual IWINETC brings together wine and travel professionals from around the world to discuss, reflect and develop ideas. The conference programme offers many opportunities for professional contact and development. 

This year’s conference in Porto (Portugal) attracted some 250 participants from more than 40 countries. Tour operators, travel agents, wineries, restaurants, hotels, tourists boards and offices, public administrations, in-coming, museums, journalists, bloggers and complementary service providers were all well represented in the event.  

Early bird Delegate fees for IWINETC 2012 are €195. Full details about everything happening at IWINETC 2012 

Sponsors 

The IWINETC 2012 premium sponsor is the Movimento Turismo del Vino. The Hotel Gio, Comune di Perugia Turismo, Regione Umbria and many wineries, hotels and restaurants are also providing sponsorship. 

Companies or organisations interested in supporting the 2012 International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop should contact the organisers at: [email protected] or visit IWINETC sponsorship opportunities.

Further info 

Anthony Swift
[email protected]
T. 0034 93 897 70 48
Skype: winepleasures

 

Call for Papers

The 4th Annual International Wine Tourism Conference & Workshop 2012 Italy jointly organized by Wine Pleasures and the Movimento Turismo del Vino, with the support of several public and private entities is a professional get together of a large number of wine and travel professionals from around the world to share, discuss, reflect on and develop their ideas and at the same time foster wine tourism worldwide. Dates are 30th Jan – 2nd Feb. The event will be held in the beautifully preserved medieval town of Perugia located in Italy’s green heart – Umbria. The Wine & Jazz themed Hotel Giò will be the venue for the Conference talk prog.

The conference format will include themed sessions, interactive workshops, panel discussions and special interest symposiums. The conference programme will also provide excellent networking opportunities as well as a chance for wine and travel professionals to get acquainted with the latest in wine, food, travel and services at a large resources exhibition.

Call for Papers

If you would like to submit a talk to be included in the Conference programme please complete the Speaker Proposal Form. Deadline to receive proposals is 30 September 2011.

Early Bird Delegate Registration Open

As every year, the conference will provide superb education, socializing, relaxation, fun and loads of wine to taste. We are looking forward to seeing you all again. Registration is now open and we strongly recommend that the delegates register early and take advantage of the early bird registration – offer ends 30th June!. To register please complete a Registration Form.

Wine Tourism Workshop

The Workshop is a unique event which enables wine tourism experience providers to meet international tour operators and travel agents specialized in wine and culinary tourism in a business meeting format. Providers and Agentsvalue the workshop as it is the only international event which specializes in the buying and selling of wine tourism products in a one stop cost effective setting.

 

Hotel Giò to Host 2012 International Wine Tourism Conference

The 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference was held in the delighful Pousada do Porto, Palacio do Freixo and for 2012 we have decided to hold the 4th International Wine Tourism Conference  Conference  in a modern hotel complex with wine and jazz themes throughout and also housing the Perugia Centro Congressi. Dates to note are 28 Jan – 2 Feb 2012.

The Perugia Centro Congressi and Hotel Giò Wine and Jazz Area is one single building close to the historic centre taking 15 -25 mins walk (uphill!), 800 mt far away from the railway station and 200 mt from the minimetrò station.

The Perugia Centro Congressi houses a large Auditorium ideal for the plenary sessions and the evening wine tastings. Interestingly, each conference room we will be using for the talks, exhibition and workshop is dedicated to Jazz, with all rooms called after famous jazz players,.

Jazz music themes can also be found in the Hall – old pianos converted to  become comfortable sofas. The Jazz Arcade is ruled by a big piano keyboard and by musical video clips from all over the world. You can even listen to a bit of jazz in reception rather like you do in a music shop

The 2012 International Wine Tourism Conference already has a Premium sponsr which is the Movimento Turismo del Vino and they will be helping us enourmously to make your Umbrian and Italian experience a memorable one.

The conference format will include themed sessions, interactive workshops, panel discussions and special interest symposiums. The conference programme will also provide excellent networking opportunities as well as a chance for wine and travel professionals to get acquainted with the latest in wine, food, travel and services at a large resources exhibition.

Call for Papers

If you would like to submit a talk to be included in the Conference programme please complete the Speaker Proposal Form. Deadline to receive proposals is 30 September 2011.

Early Bird Delegate Registration Open

As every year, the conference will provide superb education, socializing, relaxation, fun and loads of wine to taste. We are looking forward to seeing you all again. Registration is now open and we strongly recommend that the delegates register early and take advantage of the screaming deal early bird registration. To register please complete a Registration Form.

Wine Tourism Workshop

The Workshop is a unique event which enables wine tourism experience providers to meet international tour operators and travel agents specialized in wine and culinary tourism in a business meeting format. Providers and Agents value the workshop as it is the only international event which specializes in the buying and selling of wine tourism products in a one stop cost effective setting.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Companies and organisations are invited to support the Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop through one of the many sponsorship opportunities available. Some sponsorship opportunities have already been agreed but there are still some opportunities available.

Blogger Fam Trip

With the successful integration of a Blogger Fam Trip in 2011, we are pleased to announce we have a limited number of places available for 2012. Blogger Fam Trip Info.

Agent Fam Trip

As always we will be offering Fam Trips for Tour operators and travel agents attending the Wine Tourism Workshop to include visits in Abruzzo, Campania, Marche, Tuscany & Umbria.

Pre-Conference Programme & Social Programme

Pre-conference visits to wineries and a packed social programme will also be available to add to a memorable stay in Umbria.

To end with, a photo of a standard bedroom where you may well be resting your heads after a long day with loads of wine and great food!

Perugia to Host the 2012 International Wine Tourism Conference

The 3rd International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop closed last week, following a great week of, business, meetings, networking, talks, winery visits and wine tastings.

This year’s edition attracted 173 delegates from over 30 countries. New countries to have representation included Argentina,Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Latvia, India and South Africa, The number of tour operators and travel agents specialized in wine and culinary tourism was 45 reflecting a 30% increase on last year and total attendance including bloggers, exhibitors, speakers, traditional media, wine experience providers reached 326, a 46% increase on 2010 event held in Spain (unaudited figures). 40 talks were delivered over the 3 days of the conference. Hosted Travel Tour Operators and travel agents at the workshop undertook more than 810 Pre scheduled appointments, 66% increase on 2010 (subject to final confirmation). 12 businesses participated as exhibitors which is 100% increase on 2010.

Pre and post tours for bloggers, delegates and hosted buyers took place in a week that saw some fine sunny and mild weather in regions visited such as the Minho and Douro.

Many new features were launched at this year’s event to include a Grand wine tasting of Portuguese wines, hosted by Charles Metcalfe, Social Media Clinic for wine and tourism related businesses, a blogger/media trip, wines and tastings from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Texas and Turkey and Chefs from the same countries preparing traditional dishes for delegates. Anyone who didn’t attend can view eight days worth of event news on the Wine Pleasures site and on the Facebook page and will be able to see view the Speaker’s notes and presentations as well at a later date. Twitter hashtag for the event was #iwinetc. iPhone fans were also able to install an application for the event which delegates found useful – WTC 2011

Also new was the auction of the programme cover painting done by Gabriela Gonçalves. Victor Marques of Douro based Vitoria Koi was the highest bidder at 250 Euros and this will be donated to Novo Futuro, Lisboa who care for homeless children.

Other highlights included over Olive oil tasting (Tras Os Montes), port and wine matching (Sogevinus), the Great Spanish Wine Quiz evening (hosted by Celebrity Wine Review TV and wines provided by Ferré I Catsús) and dinners in venues around Porto and Gaia.

We would like to recognise Taylor’s Port and The Yeatman Hotel for being our premium sponsors and Sogrape Vinhos for their silver sponsorship and to all of the 30 + sponsors who have help 2011 Portugal prove to be a huge success. Also to our local DMC company (DOC-DMC) for their hard work.

The 4thInternational Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop will take place 30 January – 2 February 2012 in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Our Premium sponsor is the Movimento Turismo del Vino.