Twenty-five percent of "leisure travelers" surveyed said food is central to their travel destination choices.
Sixty-three percent like to experience a range of local cuisines.
Sixty percent are inclined to spend more on food and beverages.
Forty-six percent seek out regional wine and spirits.
Never miss a local story.
For "deliberate culinary travelers" – the words of the surveyors, the National Restaurant Association and the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development – the percentages are 51, 85, 81 and 79.
The survey ranked Washington in the top 10 states for wine travelers.
Which leads me to a simmering question:
What food travel experiences are you hungry for?
I've got a hankering for the the Chinese-Portguese amalgam cuisine on Macau (the Special Administrative Region of China, not the casino in Lakewood).