On December 13, 2022, State Minister Ishii participated in the 7th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism held in Nara Prefecture.
This year marks the seventh time this Forum has been held and the first time it has been held in Japan. In addition to State Minister Ishii, this edition counted on the participation of more than 450 delegates from 30 countries alongside over 1,000 online participants from 125 countries over the two days of the event, including the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Basque Culinary Center (BCC), government officials, and private businesses.
At the opening ceremony, State Minister Ishii, representing the host country, welcomed the participants and stated that the Forum would be an opportunity to promote gastronomy tourism in Japan as one of the pillars of regional revitalization. Besides, the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency delivered a keynote speech on gastronomy tourism in Japan.