The International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC), the most established global wine tourism conference and trade event for the wine and culinary tourism industry, has announced the destination and dates of its 13th edition, which will take place at the brand new 5* The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel 26 & 27 October 2021.
In partnership with the Porto & North of Portugal Tourism Board, IWINETC will incorporate two full days of plenary talks, panel discussions, case studies, and speeches, a half day of one-to-one business meetings, a comprehensive networking programme and several post tour programmes to the four wine regions defined in the newly launched Wine Tourism Routes namely Douro and Porto, Vinho Verde, Távora-Varosa and Trás-os-Montes. As in previous editions of IWINETC exhibitors, B2B Workshop providers, Hosted Buyers and Media will benefit from IWINETC’s bespoke appointment system, matching agent’’s business needs with supplier’s services to ensure they meet with people with whom there is a strong chance of doing business.
IWINETC’s 2 day Conference programme will leave attendees inspired and motivated to apply their learnings to their place of work and/or businesses. Speakers already confirmed include Judith Lewis, Chris Torres, Peter Syme and Felicity Carter. Additional expert speakers will be announced in due course.
Commenting on IWINETC 2021, Anthony Swift, IWINETC Event Director, said: “We’re excited about this year’s IWINETC as it’s been 10 years since we last held the event in Porto and it will be interesting to see the huge development that has happened with respect to wine and culinary tourism in the Porto and the North of Portugal region. Working with Porto & North of Portugal Tourism Board, we’ll be putting together a comprehensive content schedule, full of sessions that have a genuine practical application for our delegates. The programme is a great opportunity for wine and culinary tourism professionals to enhance their time with us in Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia with targeted learning, business and networking opportunities that complement the whole event experience”
Luís Pedro Martins, President, Porto & North of Portugal Tourism Board, said: “Quality events such as IWINETC 2021 brings to the region the awareness that we aim to achieve when comparing with other destinations specially while we still face a pandemic period worldwide. This brings us the strength we need to proove internationally that the region has everything to offer with the security everyone is looking for. An event dedicated to wine and culinary tourism is fully aligned with our strategy for the Wine Tourism Route and we’ve decided to launch it in IWINETC – the first B2B marketing action for this Route. Therefore, it is with great satisfaction that we welcome each participant”.
People can register their interest to attend IWINETC 2021 from Monday 23 August. The event is expected to welcome around 250 attendees from around 25 countries