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Dispatch from Scotland: Reflecting on rural innovation and "food tourism"

Posted: June 10, 2018

Northeast Center Director Stephan Goetz traveled to Edinboro, Scotland this spring to attend the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conference on rural innovation, where he learned about the UK's strong ties between rural development and tourism.
Stephan Goetz (second from left) attended the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development conference in April 2018.

Stephan Goetz (second from left) attended the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development conference in April 2018.

Of particular interest to our readers may be the "Food and Tourism Toolkit" (PDF) which was published by the government of Wales to help food-related business owners think in terms of "food tourism" and help boost the image of food and drink as part of the country's appeal to visitors. For example, the toolkit provides suggestions for renaming certain food dishes to highlight their ties to Welsh heritage, sourcing Welsh ingredients, and using social media to attract food tourists.