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Prof. Roberta Garibaldi

Professor of Tourism Management – University of Bergamo

President of the Italian Association on Gastronomy Tourism

Vice President of OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Tourism Committee

Roberta Garibaldi is Professor of Tourism Management at the University of Bergamo and deals with research and applied projects for territories and business realities related to food and wine tourism. She is an IGCAT Expert (International Institute of Gastronomy Culture, Arts and Tourism) and coordinated the European Region of Gastronomy project in East Lombrady in 2017. She has done several research and consulting activities such as planning, coordination and development of research and consulting activities for local authorities, consortium and companies. She was also involved in research with other universities, including Bocconi University, University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Milano, University of California.

Roberta is President of the Italian Association on Gastronomy Tourism and Vice President of OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Tourism Committee. She holds numerous roles at national and international level, among which World Food Travel Association Ambassador, member of the World Institute of Gastronomy Board of Advisor, member of the President’s Council of SISTUR – Italian Society of Tourism Sciences.

Roberta is author of the annual Report on Gastronomy Tourism in Italy and several other scientific publications and books including: “In viaggio per cibo e vino. Opportunità per un nuovo turismo integrato. Volume I” (2017), “In viaggio alla scoperta di cibo e vino. Esperienze creative a confronto. Volume II” (2017); “Economia e gestione delle imprese turistiche” Hoepli (2015), “Il turismo culturale europeo. Città ri-visitate. Nuove idee e forme del turismo culturale” Franco Angeli (2014), “Il turismo culturale europeo” Franco Angeli (2012), “Facebook in tourism” Franco Angeli (2011), “Professioni del turismo tra tendenze e mutamenti” Franco Angeli (2008),” Economia e gestione delle imprese turistiche” Hoepli (2008), “I villaggi turistici. Analisi di settore” Franco Angeli (2006). She has published several papers in national and international journals.

She is keynote speaker at major worldwide conferences, including the UN forums on food and wine tourism and the World Economic Forum in Davos. She carries out training, consulting and research activities for enhancing gastronomy and cultural tourism and she has been the responsible of many research and applied projects at international level.

Roberta was CEO of the Italian National Tourism Board-ENIT during the Draghi government.

Her roles at an international level include:

  • Vice President of OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Tourism Committee
  • Ambassador of Italy for the World Food Travel Association
  • Member of the Board of Advisors of the World Gastronomy Institute
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the scientific journals «Tourism Review» and «Indonesian Journal of Tourism and Leisure”
  • Topic editors of the scientific journal” Sustainability”
  • Member of AIEST – Association Internationale d’Experts Scientifiques du Tourisme
  • Member of ATLAS – Association for Tourism and Leisure Education
  • Member of IGCAT – International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism
  • EU ECO-TANDEM Ambassador
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for the scientific journals “Tourism Review”, “Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing” and “Tourism Management Perspective”

At a national level, she is:

  • President of Italian Association of Gastronomy Tourism
  • Member of the President’s Council of SISTUR – Italian Society of Tourism Sciences
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the candidacy of the Italian Cuisine in the UNESCO heritage list
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of Fondazione Qualivita
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of Treccani Gusto
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of BTO Educational – Buy Tourism Online
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of The Chocolate Way
  • Member of the SIMktg – Italian Marketing Association
  • Honorary member of the national association “Le donne del vino” (Women in Wine)
  • Honorary member of the national observatory on agri-food and wine Law

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