The role of tourist gastronomy experiences in regional tourism in Russia
Purpose This paper aims to highlight the role of tourist gastronomy experiences and the possible contribution of the local gastronomy to tourist destination attractiveness and competitiveness. Design/methodology/approach The paper proposes a conceptual framework for understanding the role of local gastronomy in destination attractiveness and competitiveness. It is based on an analysis of a case study of Russian experiences in developing a gastronomy value proposition for tourists. Findings The paper indicates the potential for a gastronomy value proposition as this is important to tourists and it makes a positive contribution to destination attractiveness. The paper also reveals some challenges in the Russian hospitality market from a gastronomy perspective. Practical implications Several recommendations are presented in support of the creation of a gastronomy value proposition based on regional culinary heritage and local food products specifics. Originality/value The paper provides insights on the role of a given destination’s gastronomy in tourism development in the Russian regions. The study also contributes to the literature on emerging markets by providing an overview of the main challenges for gastronomy in the Russian hospitality market.