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In September 2018 join the world’s leading trail organizations,
trail professionals and trail enthusiasts at the
7th World Trails Conference in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

> Presenters from 23 countries confirmed.

 > Leading trails and trail professionals attending.

> Limited places for delegates, register today.

If you love or work with trails this international conference is not to be missed.

Our carefully curated program includes:

  • cutting edge trail issues
  • seeks solutions to challenges trails face
  • identifies opportunities to enhance the benefits trails offer communities around the world.

Together as trail organizations, government agencies, tourism destinations and trail professionals, we will learn, share and produce insights of relevance to take the trails industry into the future.

This year we also invite trail enthusiasts who love to bike, ride, walk or run to join us as we celebrate the launch of the inaugural World Trails Film Festival.

Program of Events

Our sessions are designed to create interactive discussions with the aim of seeking longterm sustainable solutions.


  • Trails and Culture, Heritage and Pilgrimage
  • Trail Tourism, Marketing and Events
  • Trails and Technology
  • Trails and Protected Areas
  • Trail Sustainability, Development and Management

The working language of the conference is English. Plenary sessions will be available simultaneously in English, French and Spanish.

Additional language support in Korean and Japanese.

Who will be attending?

The conference venue is inside a centuries old palace which all pilgrims arriving in Santiago walk past just before reaching the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. 

A short list of some of the world’s trails that have already confirmed attendance.

  • Great Himalaya Trails (Nepal)
  • American Trails (USA)
  • WWF Brazil (Brazil)
  • Paths of Greece (Greece)
  • Bruce Trail (Canada)
  • Bibbulmun Track (Australia)
  • Love Our Trails (South Africa)
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy (USA)
  • Jeju Olle (Korea)
  • Many others from China, Chile, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, Italy, France, Armenia, Sweden, Norway, Costa Rica and Panama plan to be there. 

Message from Conference Hosts in Santiago de Compostela – Galicia, Spain

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia northwestern Spain, is home to the world’s most famous pilgrimage trail  – the Camino de Santiago or Way of St James as it is also known. It is a region of vast natural beauty, rich culture, coastal gems and hidden heritage. 

We are proud to host the 7th World Trails Conference and to be the first country to host it in Europe.

The region of Galicia looks forward to sharing our natural beauty, rich culture and hospitality with delegates from across the world.

We trust you will enjoy the excursions we have planned and that your conference will be one to always remember.

Wishing all delegates a successful conference.

Rafael Sánchez Bargiela
Xacobeo Galicia – Managing Director

A Brief History of the World Trails Conference

What is the World Trails Conference?

Representatives from the world’s trails industry gather to discuss the development and preservation of trails at an international meeting called the “World Trails Conference” (WTC). Through this conference, trail organizations, tourism associations and affiliated outdoor companies, walking associations and trail running events are able to share information and experiences concerning trails.

History of the World Trails Conference

Jeju Olle Foundation hosted the first WTC in October 2010 and all 5 conferences in Jeju Island, Korea. In January 2015, there were approximately 300 participants representing 45 organizations from 18 countries at the 5th WTC. In October 2016, Tottori in Japan hosted a successful 6th World Trails Conference. 

In 2012, the World Trails Network (WTN) Committee was officially formed at the 3rd WTC.  As the world’s first international trails organization the World Trails Network is today registered in Switzerland as a non-profit association working across the globe for the betterment of trails and the advancement of the international trails industry.

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