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The ultimate food fanatics: Booking.com reveals the nationalities most passionate about food, and Australians are No.5

June 27, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Food tourism is very popular and no trip is complete without sampling the local cuisine and trying out new restaurants. As well as soaking up the local culture and scenery, we’re all hungry to indulge in delicious dishes away from home and taste something authentic. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has discovered the nationalities who are the most fanatical about food.

By analysing its traveller review data, including looking at the more than 118 million real traveller reviews on the site, Booking.com reveals the English, French and Germans as the most passionate foodies, featuring food in their reviews more than any other nationalities. But it’s not just the Europeans who have an appetite for global delicacies while on the road as they are closely followed by Americans and Australians.

The top 30 nationalities who mention food most in their reviews
1 English 16 Emirati
2 French 17 Burmese
3 German 18 Singaporean
4 American 19 South African
5 Australian 20 Argentinean
6 Italian 21 Polish
7 Spanish 22 Mexican
8 Dutch 23 Romanian
9 Swiss 24 Saudi Arabian
10 Belgian 25 Thai
11 Canadian 26 Russian
12 Austrian 27 Swedish
13 Irish 28 Israeli
14 New Zealanders 29 Chinese
15 Indian 30 Hong Kongese

From asado in Argentina, to seafood in Spain, travelling to new places and sampling delectable dishes not only tantalises the taste buds but creates memories and smells that can take you back to that moment of your trip. For over a third (36%) of global travellers, food is what they remember most vividly from the first time they travelled and over half (54%) of global travellers say the favourite thing about travelling to a destination for the first time is trying local foods.

Reviews can offer invaluable insider advice for the best foodie haunts, with one in four people  (26%) admitting they go online to look at local restaurant reviews within the first day of arriving in a destination and over half (54%) of those look less than an hour after getting there.

Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com comments: 

“From three-course gourmet meals to street vendor delights, food is a vital component of any trip and allows you to really, truly experience another culture. And there’s no better way to discover local culinary gems than by listening to other travellers who’ve been there and tasted that. Our millions of real reviews and traveller endorsements help you pinpoint the best places to stay in the best foodie locations, and with over 1.2 million unique properties, from tree houses to villas, city apartments and farm stays, whatever kind of exciting foodie travel experience you’re looking for, it’s easy to find and enjoy with Booking.com.”

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