on 8 May in San Sebastian, Minister Ben Weyts and the Basque Minister of Tourism, Alfredo Retortillo, signed a declaration of intent on international promotion of gastronomic tourism in the Basque Country and Flanders.
Minister Weyts was in San Sebastian for the third UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism. Gastronomic tourism is important for Flanders and deserves the necessary attention, according the minister. To showcase the Flemish cuisine, the chefs Seppe Nobels and Xabier Zabaleta held a food battle in the kitchen.
The UNWTO forum for gastronomic tourism offers experts from all over the world the opportunity to debate on the current challenges of culinary tourism. Minister Weyts would like to organize the 2020 edition of the forum in Flanders. Minister Weyts: "Getting the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism to Flanders would mean the cherry on the cake for our gourmet reputation."