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


BE THERE. . . 26 – 29 September 2018 

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

Our carefully curated program aims to address:

  • cutting edge trail issues
  • seek solutions to challenges trails face
  • and identify 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 our 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.




















Give a Presentation, host a Workshop or convene a Discussion


DEADLINE: 18 June 2018

  • Join our program as a presenter and share your knowledge and experience with trail professionals from around the world.
  • Convene a discussion panel with colleagues on relevant topics that trails face today.
  • Host a workshop and share your skills on trail marketing, technology, trail assessment or building techniques.
  • Come as a delegate and learn from some of the world’s leading trails from 5 continents.

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

Deadline for proposals is 18 June 2018.


  • 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.

Presentations may be presented in Spanish, English or French.

All proposals for contributions must be submitted in English.






Camino Journeys – Join a Multi-Day Pre-Conference Adventure 

Our Camino Journey adventures take place prior to the conference with 3 different trail experiences, you can walk, run or cycle one of the famous Camino routes:

WALK JOURNEY: 17 – 25 September 2018

French Route – “Camino Frances” – from East 

  • Sep 17: Ponferrada to Villafranca, 24.2km
  • Sep 18: Villafranca to La Faba, 23.7km
  • Sep 19: La Faba to Triacastela, 25.7km
  • Sep 20: Triacastela to Sarria, 18.7km
  • Sep 21: Sarria to Portomarin, 22.0km
  • Sep 22: Portomarin to Palas de Rei, 25.2km
  • Sep 23: Palas de Rei to Melide, 15.0km
  • Sep 24: Arzua to Arca, 19.1km
  • Sep 25: Arca to Santiago, 20.0km

RUN JOURNEY: 21 – 25 September 2018

English Way – “Camino Ingles” – from North


CYCLE JOURNEY: 16 – 25 September 2018

Portuguese Route – “Camino Portugues” – from South

  • Sep 16: Libon to Azambuja, 61km
  • Sep 17: Azambuja to Golegã, 67km
  • Sep 18: Golegã to Alvaiázere, 63km
  • Sep 19: Alvaiázere to Coimbra, 61km
  • Sep 20: Coimbra to Alb. a Nova, 72km
  • Sep 21: Alb. a Nova to Porto, 56km
  • Sep 22: Porto to Barcelos, 56km
  • Sep 23: Barcelos to Valença, 69km
  • Sep 24: Valença to Pontevedra, 55km
  • Sep 25: Pontevedra to Santiago, 66km

Each of the different teams will arrive in Santiago de Compostela together on the same day in time for the start of the conference proceedings.

This is an amazing opportunity to explore Galicia and the various Camino routes with fun-loving trail enthusiasts and professionals.

The Camino Journeys are facilitated by the World Trails Network as a networking opportunity, giving delegates a chance to meet other trail professionals while on trail. Each journey has a convener and participants are responsible for their own food and lodging. Each participant is encouraged to adopt one of the projects of the World Trails Fund and raise $250 through their community as a contribution.

Promote and Market your Trail to Visitors in Santiago de Compostela

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. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with pilgrims from across the world. If you wish to have a display stand, please indicate as such in your registration. 


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, Norway, Costa Rica and Panama plan to be there. 








Accommodation, Travel Suggestions & Registration Cost

We are gathering all the details you need to join us.

The conference attendance fee includes a number of evening receptions. Registration is €60.00 per person. Each delegate will be sent a separate registration confirmation requesting payment in March 2018.

Please visit on the 14 February 2018 when we have more accommodation details for you. In the meantime you may consider booking at our preferred hotel right next to the Conference Venue.


Hospederia San Martin Pinario

For similar nearby hotels on Trip Advisor.


Flying into Europe we suggest you consider airports that have a direct cheap flight to Santiago.

On arrival at Santiago airport you will be able to catch a direct bus to the centre of the old town.


On the map below you can see Plaza de Cervantes, this is where our conference venue is located. The Hotel Hospederia San Martin Pinario is a short walk away opposite the famous cathedral. Consider finding alternative hotels within walking distance.

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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