Effects of Cultural and Tourism Policies on Local Development: the Case of Food Trails in Medellín, Colombia


  • Maria del Pilar Leal Londoño Ostelea School of Tourism & Hospitality – GRIT Ostelea
  • Francesc Xavier Medina Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) – GRIT Ostelea




Tourism and Cultural Policies, Food Tourism, Heritage, Territorial Development, Cities


The emergence of Food Tourism worldwide has encouraged the rise of numerous food tourism strategies and initiatives everywhere, including Colombia. These are flourishing thanks to the tourism and cultural policies that recognise Colombian food processes and practices as intangible cultural heritage. One of the most representative strategies nowadays is the case of Medellín Sí Sabe (Medellín has a taste). The programme has been led by the local authorities and has been backed by different local organisations. This paper outlines an exploratory approach based on literature review, public documents, policies and the information obtained through nine semi-structured interviews applied to key stakeholders responsible for the implementation of this initiative in Medellín. The information provides some insights into how this strategy has had relevant effects on the local economic revitalisation by linking small and medium-sized food enterprises, which base their activity mainly on traditional dishes and products of the region. Firstly, it analyses the strategy’s structure and its link to national tourism and cultural policies based on the main concepts of territorial development: knowledge, learning and innovation. By analysing Medellín (Colombia) as case study, it recognises the role played by local authorities in the promotion of food tourism.


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doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jdmm.2016.02.003




How to Cite

Leal Londoño, M. del P., & Medina, F. X. (2017). Effects of Cultural and Tourism Policies on Local Development: the Case of Food Trails in Medellín, Colombia. Almatourism - Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, 8(7), 89–106. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2036-5195/6757