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.