Food Tourism: Eating Will Always Be the Best Part About Traveling

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Nationwide media tour featuring internationally renowned chef, Fabio Trabocchi, and Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader of JW Marriott discussing JW Marriott's second annual culinary festival in Venice, taking place this fall in collaboration with FOOD & WINE

We all love traveling. There’s sight-seeing, experiencing different cultures, and let’s not forget about the endless amounts of Instagram posts. But the best part of all is the food.

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Food tourism is the act of traveling for a taste of place in order to get a sense of place. So, gourmands and fans of Italy, take note: an immersive gastronomic event is taking place on a private island retreat nestled on Isola delle Rose, Italy. The festival will bring together an incredible roster of chefs, wine experts and other culinary talent including James Beard Award winner, Michelin-starred restaurateur, and Chef of JW Marriott Venice's Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia, Fabio Trabocchi, Giada De Laurentiis, Angela Hartnett, Jonathan Waxman and F&W Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle.

During a nationwide media tour in conjunction with Your Update TV, internationally renowned chef, Fabio Trabocchi, and Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader of JW Marriott discussed ‘Gather by JW’, JW Marriott’s second annual culinary festival in Venice, taking place this fall in collaboration with FOOD & WINE.

Gaskins and Trabocchi provided details to viewers and listeners on:

  • Why food tourism has become such a trend for people really looking to experience the location they are visiting?
  • What makes JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa and the city of Venice the ideal location for the Gather by JW festival
  • What cooking demos will be happening throughout the festival and what some of the highlights will be for those who will be attending

Members of Marriott Bonvoy, the company's recently renamed loyalty program, replacing Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, have the opportunity to bid loyalty points for a number of exclusive, VIP Gather by JW Marriott Venice Moments including preview experiences taking place in New York and London.

Tickets and Festival accommodation packages to Gather by JW are available online and can be purchased by visiting

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

About JW Marriott:
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. The impressive array of award-winning hotels cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers seeking The JW Treatment™ – the brand's philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. These experiences help guests to be fully present, foster connections and feed the soul. Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together, act with intention and experience every moment to the fullest.

Today there are over 80 JW Marriott hotels in more than 25 countries and territories. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram and Facebook. JW Marriott is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy™, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition.

To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

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