This gathering highlights how international regions as diverse as Canada, Iran and Georgia are using agritourism as a way to build resilience by celebrating agricultural history, ecology, and heritage. We will hear how agritourism initiatives are key to sustaining rural economic development by allowing farmers to diversify their income, regenerate communities, and reimagine the future (and recovery) as travel trends shift during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will share best practices and lessons learned from developing and implementing regional strategies around agritourism.
Moderator: Katharine Millonzi, Millonzi Consulting
Speakers: Trevor Benson, Vice President of Destination Development, Culinary Tourism Alliance, Canada; Dr. Lela Kartishvili, Agritourism Expert, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Georgia; Shiva Soroushnia, Researcher and Tour guide, Iran Safar Travel Agency, Iran