Rethinking sustainable tourism after Covid-19

With a focus on how to ensure survival of hospitality, tourism, events and culture related businesses in the economic and social crisis generated by the coronavirus pandemic, President of IGCAT and Executive Director of the World Regions of Gastronomy PlatformDiane Dodd, PhD offered a series of three online lectures organised by CISP, as part of the CROSSDEV project.

The aim of the lectures was to inspire tourism industry providers, policy-makers, civil society and start-ups to find innovative and creative solutions to face the challenges posed by the current crisis and push for a more sustainable tourism sector.

In her article CROSSDEV – What we can change and how we can build a more sustainable future, Diane Dodd offers a wrap-up of her lectures with a further reflection on the future of the tourism industry after Covid-19, highlighting how knowledge and creativity are essential for businesses to adapt to the new reality and seize opportunities to become stronger.

She further stresses that solidarity, alongside cross-sectoral and cross-border collaboration are imperative to ensure a better future for territories and emphasises how the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform is working in that direction by stimulating exchange and cooperation for sustainable and equitable development.

The presentations of Diane Dodd’s lectures can be downloaded at the following links:

About the Region of Gastronomy     

Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness; stimulate creativity and gastronomic innovation; educate for better nutrition; improve sustainable tourism standards; highlight distinctive food cultures; and strengthen community well-being.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health and local economies.

IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.

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