About GFTA

GFTA's mission is to ensure Food Tourism professionals thrive globally. Initially seeking mutual professional support on the heels of Food Tour Pros vast network, GFTA launched the Global Food Tourism Conference (GFTC) starting in Chicago in 2015, an annual event attracting business owners, CEOs, managers, support staff, tour leaders, buyers, national tourism boards and more from all corners of the world.

GFTA believes that successful, healthy and growing industries should leverage not only conference and event opportunities, but be guided to serve its professionals daily, weekly and monthly through its membership. GFTA solves this networking and knowledge gap with a clear focus on continued education, professional development, sharing of ideas and resources, in-and-out of industry expert training sessions and much more. GFTA is a unique and lively community, a crossroads where members meet to share expertise and experiences, support and advice, in ways that lead to unparalleled growth and professional success.

GFTA is firmly committed to our four pillars that represent our focus and philosophy:

  • Network - Surround yourself with industry professionals
  • Learn - Take advantage of expert advice, webinars and more
  • Share - Upload and download industry insights
  • Succeed - Enjoy measurable results, growth & development
Family photo from GFTC 2017