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We are looking forward to hosting GFTC 2017 in Montreal, Quebec October 16-17, 2017.
As the world's leading food and culinary tourism conference, GFTC will leave you and your team energized with actionable take-aways to help take your Food Tourism businesses, ventures and concepts to greater heights.
GFTC is the definitive industry event; hundreds of attendees turn to GFTC for big ideas, tactical content, and to connect with leaders from the world's most influential and innovative companies. Keynote speakers, industry based sessions and panelist discussions will cover valuable topics to all professionals in the Food Tourism Industry including: marketing, branding, communications, business operations, professional development and more.
Surround yourself with Food Tourism leaders and industry professionals.
The most influential ideas and emerging trends that are reshaping the industry.
Feast on Montreal's culinary delights in one of North America's cultural capitals.
Make critical connections during networking breaks and locally inspired social events.
Facebook Is NOT a PR Strategy - Monday, October 16 @ 9:00am - 9:50am
Taryn Scher, “The Sparkle Boss”, started TK PR in 2008 and has spent the past 9+ years building the Public Relations firm representing clients in the travel & hospitality industries.
Taryn’s clients have been seen on Fox and Friends, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, as well as features in Travel + Leisure, O the Oprah Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and thousands more.
Taryn was named the Small Business Administration’s South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year and one of PR News’ People to Watch in PR. In 2016, TK PR received a gold Adrian Award from HSMAI- the largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition which honors excellence in hospitality, travel, tourism and media. In 2017 TK PR received The Award of Excellence in Media Relations from the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America.”
Breaking Onto the Beaten Path: Exposing Unsung Food Scenes - Tuesday, October 17 @ 9:00am - 9:50am
I unexpectedly began covering food with videos featuring wild game for Field & Stream, which naturally sparked an interest in the stories behind dishes. After blogging about dining on a college budget for ‘Hungry? City Guides’ and covering celebrity chefs and New York City dining for ‘The Daily Meal’, I developed a microsite on worldwide food and beverage destinations for USA TODAY Travel. Today, that project has morphed into the USA TODAY Eats section, where I report on under-the-radar and up-and-coming food scenes across America, in addition to managing coverage of international food and beverage travel, food trends, restaurant openings, chef stories, festival news and more. I’ve rolled sushi with Nobu, paired sake and ramen with Morimoto, and cooked chicken with Martha Stewart, and am just as enthusiastic about meeting the makers at a new farmers market when I travel.
SEO 101 - Optimize Your Google Ranking Like a Pro [Master-Class Workshop] - Monday, October 16 @ 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Casey is the Founder of San Diego-based digital agency Media Wyse and the Lead SEO Consultant & Head of FastAnswer Support for industry-leading education site SearchEngineNews.com. Casey has over 17 yrs experience in the fields of SEO & Digital Marketing and has trained SEO teams on five different continents.
A noted speaker with credits including Pubcon, SMX Advanced, Food Bloggers Canada, MN Search Summit and more, Casey has over 400+ published bylines and is one of the authors of the “”Unfair Advantage Book to Winning the Search Engine Wars”” currently on it’s 250th+ edition and the OLDEST continuously updated SEO how-to guide in the World. Download it for free at https://searchenginebook.com/.
Staying Small and Loving It: Strategies of a Boutique Culinary Tourism Business - Monday, October 16 @ 10:00am - 10:50am
Daisann McLane is the founder and director of Little Adventures in Hong Kong, a boutique food and culture experience company. Lauded by CNN Travel as “The city’s premier private food tour company”, Little Adventures fast-tracks guests to the best of Hong Kong’s culture and cuisine, through intimate, small-group guided and curated experiences.
Journalist-turned-entrepreneur McLane was a New York Times’ travel columnist for 6 years, and a National Geographic Traveler editor-at-large for 12. She’s reported food and travel from more than 45 countries.
In 2009 McLane created Little Adventures in Hong Kong (LAHK), a concierge and consulting service targeted at food-focused world travelers, expats, and culinary pros.
From a one-person startup, McLane grew the business into an 8 person all-star team of Hong Kong’s top food journalists and a Cordon Bleu trained chef. LAHK has been recognized by global media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, and the Chicago Tribune, and has proudly hosted top chefs like Rick Bayless.
The Idea Method: A Proven Framework for Clarity in Business Communication, Decision Making and Growth [Master-Class Workshop] - Monday, October 16 @ 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Dolores is a STRATEGIST, CLARITY & Communications COACH. She helps clients clarify their “idea worth sharing”, design their communication strategies and implement business growth systems. Her clients are entrepreneurs, executives and experts who take their message to larger audiences like TEDx and beyond and grow their businesses to the next level.
Dolores is a writer and both her novel ”New Beginnings” and her book “18 Minutes of Impact: Move Your Audience to Action the TED Way” are available in Amazon.
Dolores is a TEDxOrganizer and participant in TED conferences, she runs the largest TEDx event in the East Coast with an audience of more than 1,200 people.
She is a CTI certified and ICF accredited coach and has a business degree from the Universidad de San Andres, Argentina. Dolores has built and run 3 businesses before she founded Masters in Clarity and led the first online learning platform in the US back in 1998 through 2004.
Dolores brings an array of skills and experiences to the work with her clients. An academic experience in business and entrepreneurship, arts and performing, her training as an executive coach paired with her life experience as a pancreatic tumor survivor, world traveler and adventurer, writer, speaker, serial entrepreneur and mother of four bring a fresh and new approach to impact driven business growth.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Dolores speaks fluent Spanish, English and French and lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband and four children.
Conversion or Engagement? Making Sense of the Online Marketing Ecosystem - Monday, October 16 @ 9:00am - 9:50am
Eulanda and Omo are co-founders of Hey! Dip Your Toes In (HDYTI); a platform which promotes creative digital content with a focus on global travel and food culture. In the last year alone, they have worked with over 45 leading brands including IBM Chef Watson, OgilvyOne, P&O Cruises, Urban Adventures and Esplorio.
Their passion for global food culture and travel continually encourages their pursuit to make the industry more accessible to consumers through influencer marketing and stronger B2C brand awareness.
Using their skills in writing, photography, branding and management consulting, they have helped travel & food culture brands around the world to create compelling digital content that has improved their marketing strategies and visibility within their niche areas.
Their authoritative voice on global travel, food tourism, and influencer marketing has led them to run workshops for creative entrepreneurs throughout the world, and to be sought out as guest speakers for companies like Trekksoft, Furiously Social and others.
Their experience as content creators, influencers, tour operators, and business coaches give them a unique perspective on the connection between niche brands and consumers.
EzTix Intensive [Technology and Ticketing Workshop] - Tuesday, October 17 @ 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Founder & CEO of the EzTix Event Ticketing Group, Jeremy has been involved in the food and beverage and tourism industries for more than 20 years.
Growing up in an entrepreneurial family full of chefs and restauranteurs, Jeremy literally learned to walk inside a family owned restaurant. After university, Jeremy worked for some of the largest North American travel, entertainment and tourism brands before founding EzTix in 2006.
From its humble beginnings helping culinary events promote their events online, EzTix has grown from a small Canadian start up in Vancouver BC to a multinational team of world class professionals passionate about supporting the culinary tourism industry across nearly 40 countries around the globe.
Everyday EzTix technology facilitates thousands of transactions between consumers and businesses in virtually every major tourism market on the planet.
Content is King: How To Build a Customer Focused Marketing Machine [Master-Class Workshop] - Monday, October 16 @ 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Joseph Martin is the Director at EzSites. For 17 years he’s worked to improve the design, and user experience of websites. With a focus on copywriting, and digital marketing he’s here to share what he’s learned in building websites for over 150 tours around the world.
Understanding the Consumer Food Psyche: The Undiscovered Key to Unforgettable Food Experiences - Tuesday, October 17 @ 10:00am - 10:50am
Sophie Egan is a food and health writer for The New York Times and author of the book “Devoured,” which explains why we eat what we eat. It was inspired by her graduate studies in health and social behavior at University of California, Berkeley. In 2016, she was named one of the UC Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30, in part for her leadership role at The Culinary Institute of America, where she oversees initiatives that help the foodservice industry make its menus healthier and more sustainable. As an author, she has been recognized as an authority on what shapes eating habits and food trends in America, with dozens of interviews on national public radio, local television, and publications such as The Atlantic and The Washington Post. Previous talks include major industry conferences, corporations such as Google, universities such as Stanford and Harvard, and civic venues such as Town Hall Seattle. Her writing has been published everywhere from WIRED to The Wall Street Journal.
Supersize Me: Scaling a Tour Business in the Travel Industry - Monday, October 16 @ 10:00am - 10:50am
Stephen is a serial travel industry entrepreneur, having co-founded multiple companies in the tours & activities sector since 2005. He co-founded WalksofItaly.com, an online travel company for visitors to Italy offering sightseeing tours, in 2009. Walks is now one of the largest operators of travel services in Italy. He launched Walks of New York in 2014 to great success, including coverage in The NY Times and many major publications, a partnership with Chef Mario Batali, and a partnership with Disney on his Broadway Behind the Magic tour. In 2015, Walks launched Walks of Turkey in Istanbul, earning coverage in Condé Nast Traveler. Walks added sightseeing tours of Paris to its portfolio in 2017, on pace to fulfill about 250K passengers worldwide this year. Stephen oversees offices in Rome, Austin, Dublin, New York, Paris and Boston, is an expert on digital strategy and has spoken at multiple industry events. Stephen was featured in a NatGeo documentary about traveling smart in Rome, and has traveled the globe to over 50 countries.
Brand Continuity: How To Create Small-Business Crisis Management & Succession Plans - Monday, October 16 @ 11:00am - 11:50am
I started Savour Toronto to provide enriching food experiences in Toronto. My background is in broadcast journalism where I’ve worked for media organizations such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Thomson Reuters. I’ve always been connected with food throughout my lifetime including learning to cook at an early age and travelling to different countries to taste their unique offerings. I possess a certificate in Culinary Arts from George Brown College and am actively involved in Toronto’s food and dining scene. I thoroughly enjoy curating top-notch tours and events as well as having the opportunity to work with professionals in the food and tourism industry. In May of 2016, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and completed 8 months of treatment. It’s given me a profound appreciation to live life to the fullest each day.
Spending Time in the Data Layer: People, Processes, Projects and Priorities - Monday, October 16 @ 11:00am - 11:50am
I spent the first few years of my career working in business operations and strategy at a pair of west coast startups. My team focused on using the power of big data to drive innovation and product decisions for national and international technology platforms. With a key eye toward creating the most joyful user experience, and broad autonomy to search out the best solutions, we would generate and validate new ideas in a data-centric, numbers driven, fast paced environment.
After joining Savor Seattle two years ago, our team committed to this same idea of using big data and high quality analysis to drive exciting product initiatives and identify solutions for our biggest pain points. As the Managing Director at Savor Seattle Food Tours I work side by side with our CEO and our leadership team to deliver incredible experiences every day to our partners, team members and guests.
Leaders Digest: Food Tourism and The Art of Storyfinding® - Tuesday, October 17 @ 11:00am - 11:50am
I am a storyteller. As such, I have published books and articles, produced plays, films and many hours of television. I have credits and awards that many tell me I should trumpet. Yet I am prouder of my work as a Storyfinder®. I have conducted over 3,500 interviews. For 30+ years, I’ve helped filmmakers, CEOs, convicts, combat vets, consultants, politicians, publicists, and lawyers find their stories and share them more emotionally, more effectively. I am confident the systems I’ve developed will be beneficial to everyone in the Food Tourism community.
After graduating from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech, Shane started two successful start-up companies including a bag manufacturing business and a seasonal indoor/outdoor lighting company. Shane later started Chicago Food Planet in 2006 to show his love and passion for Chicago food, architecture, history and culture. Shane started Food Tour Pros in 2009 to help industrious individuals start and operate their own Food Tour businesses in cities and town across the globe and now has over 350 clients internationally. Shane launched Global Food Tourism in 2015 to help unite, educate and inspire clients, colleagues and competitors in an effort to ensure the quality and longevity within the Food Tourism industry. Shane has been a featured speaker at industry events including IACP, TasteTrekkers, GFTC and OCTA. Shane has traveled to over 40 countries and starting in 2009, he drove his motorcycle from Chicago, IL to Patagonia, Argentina, covering more than 40,000 miles as part of his ongoing culinary and educational efforts.
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