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New Faculty Hire Cooks Up Interest In Culinary Tourism

November 02, 2007

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What is Culinary Tourism? Dr. Sylvia Smith, a newly hired Assistant Professor, defines "Culinary Tourism as ... travel for the taste and enjoyment of prepared food and beverages." Smith states that a survey released in 2007 indicates that 17% of leisure travelers include food and/or wine-related activities in their trips. This kind of tourism benefits not only restaurants and wineries, but benefits the local area economies as well. Smith states that Illinois ranked seventh on a recent survey of top culinary destinations. Smith hopes to focus her research on the motivations behind culinary tourism. She is looking forward to the publishing of two of her works in the "Journal of Event Management," and the "Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management. "