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About the World Trails Conference 2022
The World Trails Conference is a global gathering of trail experts, trail managers and builders, trail destinations, enthusiasts and academics, who meet every two years to share knowledge, network and ensure the benefits trails offer society continue to be sustainable and supported around the world.

The conference is taking place for the 8th time since it was first established on the Island of Jeju in Korea. This year trails will gather on the iconic Island of Skiathos, Greece.

The thematic topics of the conference are wide-ranging and all of them are pertinent to issues facing trails today, from cycle trails, to long-distance treks, from urban trails to commuter trails and pilgrimages.

Help shape trails into the future and contribute to the important role they play in health and wellbeing, adventure tourism, recreation, sports and rural livelihoods.

Unique conference venue on the Bourtzi peninsula in Skiathos port.

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Register for in-person or virtual attendance
Places are limited, secure your attendance today.

Important Dates to Note
Full Schedule of Events 18 Sept – 1 Oct 2022
Trail Journeys, Film Festival, Workshops, etc. 

18 – 25 Sept 2022Pre-Conference Trail Journeys
23 – 25 September 2022Young Trail Ambassadors Gathering
26 – 30 September 20228th World Trails Conference
29 September 2022World Trails Film Festival Premiere
30 September 2022 – World Trails Network General Assembly
30 September 2022 Skiathos Trail Excursions
30 Sept – 1 Oct 2022 – Workshops & Green Flag Trails Training

Next steps. . . to attend

1. Register today at Early Bird discount (discount ends 1 July)
2. Pay your attendance fee to secure your place here
3. Chose your accommodation and make travel plans

Included in Conference Fee

  • Coffee & Teas at breaks
  • Various lunches
  • Trail Party
  • Banquet Dinner
  • Closing Dinner
  • Film Festival Premiere
  • Excursions on local trails
  • Networking opportunities

EARLY BIRD PRICES -
Before July 1

World Trails Network Members

CHF85.00 (Swiss Franc)

Non-Members

CHF110.00 (Swiss Franc)

REGULAR PRICES
After July 1

World Trails Network Members

CHF110.00 (Swiss Franc)

Non-Members

CHF140.00 (Swiss Franc)

Virtual Attendance

World Trails Network Members

Free

Non-Members

CHF35.00 (Swiss Franc)

Follow these steps to get to the conference
The timeline leading up to the conference is summarized below, we hope these easy to follow steps will help you plan and not miss any of the amazing opportunities we are offering all attendees.

1. Let colleagues and friends know you are attending and get them to join you!

2. Review our Help & FAQ page of resources to help answer questions and get you ready to attend.

3. See the Travel and Accommodation links provided.
Details are here.

4. Apply for travel insurance and your travel visas if required. Email below if you need a visa application letter.
Contact here.

5. We offer a special presentation skills training option, facilitated by the 2021 World Champion of Public Speaking.

6. Collect your name badge and conference materials at registration, or log-in for the virtual sessions online. 

 International Speakers

Over 50 International Speakers from 6 Continents
Share their insights and research, their projects and enthusiasm for trails. 

Learn from trail builders, designers, planners or marketing experts, volunteers, guides or those who lead community trail initiatives in interactive forums where you too can share your knowledge and expertise with others.

We have convened dynamic thought-leaders, experts and equally inspiring enthusiasts with relevant insights and case studies to ignite action and networking across the trail space.

Thematic streams and conference topics
Presentations will cover a broad range of intersecting subjects to tale trails into the future. 

Trails today are no longer only about construction techniques and planning. Trails intersect with everything from tourism and health, to sports and spirituality. Our diverse thematic streams allow for a wide array of topics and discussions to take place, as we collectively chart trails into future.

Sustainable trails are a key necessity around the world. Learn about best practices, innovative solutions and inspiring projects. . .
and share your knowledge with a global audience.

Thematic trail topics include the following: 

  • Sustainability
    • Trail building, planning and design
    • Sustainable Development Goals
    • Monitoring and maintenance
    • Trail Assessments and accreditation
  • Sports
    • MTB and cycling trails
    • Trail running and events
    • Multi-use trails
  • Nature
    • Biodiversity and wildlife
    • Nature connection and conservation
  • Culture
    • Pilgrimage routes, cultural routes
    • Spirituality and experiences
  • Technology:
    • Maps and navigation
    • Information apps and monitoring
    • Digitizing trails
  • Health
    • Wellbeing, mental health
    • Mainstreaming nature prescriptions
  • Knowledge
    • Research, insights from academia, working with trail data
  • Cities
    • Urban trails
    • Mobility and green cities and greenways
  • Finance
    • Funding models, community solutions
    • Memberships and fundraising
  • Climate Change
    • Off-sets, reducing carbon emissions
    • Restoration projects
  • New Trends
    • New user demands and needs
    • Emerging user groups
  • Marketing:
    • Build your trail narrative, social influencers, reach new markets
  • Communities
    • Volunteers, young trail ambassadors
    • Inclusion, diversity, equity, education and outreach
  • Media
    • Storytelling, film, books and photography
  • Peace
    • Trails linked to peace and transboundary projects
  • Tourism
    • Destination marketing and tourism trails
    • Trail readiness, guides and services
  • Trails and Islands
    • A special theme for the 2022 conference , inviting all island destinations to participate
  • Workshops
    • Trail assessments and monitoring, trail signage and planning

Principles of the conference
How we convene and what we focus on.

Conference Mission
To create a global forum where trails from every region can come together and engage in relevant dialogue, networking and cross-learning for the benefit of trails everywhere.

Globally Relevant and Engaged
Connecting meaningfully with the global community of trails

Interactive and Dynamic
Making space for the trail ideas and expertise of all participants

Collaborative and Focused
Scaling networking and action via clear thematic streams linked to trails

Creative and Generative
Exploring new ideas and innovations for best practice for trails

Inclusive and Cross-reaching
Embracing diversity and equitable solutions across trails

Why attend the conference?
This 8th World Trails Conference will help shape global priorities for trails for the coming decade, as it builds on its previous achievements. Be a part of the trail action!

Key reasons to attend this important trails conference.

Network and build global partnerships – learn from experts and share your knowledge and trail expertise.

Key themes include – best practices, sustainability, adventure tourism, urban trails, pilgrimages, nature, new trends and research.

Sustainable trails – help trails enhance their contributions to society, tourism and rural economies.

Good for your trail career and your trail organization.

Acquire new concepts and ideas – to apply to your trail work & showcase the work of your organization.

Grow your trail success –  motivate your organization or team with insights gained.

Showcase your latest trail work – gain visibility and engage with other influential and passionate delegates.

Meet experts from the world’s leading trails.

 

            WORLD TRAILS NETWORK

The World Trails Network is a global non-profit association committed to the sustainability and enjoyment of the world’s trails for all people, through a powerfully engaged international network of organizations and individuals.

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Expected attendees include:

  • Appalachian Trail, USA
  • Camino de Santiago, Spain
  • South West Coast Path, UK
  • Jeju Olle Trail, Korea
  • Great Himalayan Trails, Nepal
  • Sendero Pacifico, Costa Rica
  • Rim of Africa, South Africa
  • Cultural Routes Turkey, Turkey
  • Westfjord Trails, Iceland
  • Lebanon Mountain Trail, Lebanon
  • Bruce Trail, Canada
  • Trans Carioca, Brazil
  • Bibbulmun Track, Australia
  • Japan Trail, Japan

    plus many other well-known trails from the Americas, Europe,
    Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Conference highlights not to miss
We have an extensive programme over 4 days with additional events before and after the main conference.

Trail Flags – Opening Ceremony

This year every trail organization attending is invited to fly their own custom-designed trail flag at the opening ceremony. Fly your flag at your trail headquarters on return home. Order your flag by 1 July 2022 here.

DATES: 26 September 2022

Trail Ambassadors Gathering

We have a dedicated team of World Trails Ambassadors  – Emerging Leaders, who will gather prior to the conference from 23 – 25 September 2022. This is a unique opportunity for young people starting out in trails who wish to support trails in their region.

DATES: 23 – 25 September 2022

Conference Source Book

This special publication is an opportunity to share insights or a summary of your presentation with all attendees or to advertise your trail or trail products to a global audience. Apply here to advertise.

DATES: 26 September 2022

Trail Journeys

Our trail journeys are the perfect way to explore our host destination and build lasting connections with other trail experts. Journeys take place before the conference proceedings. Itineraries and costs to be published by 20 April 2022. Read more. . .

DATES: 18 – 25 September 2022

Green Flag Trails Workshop

Learn about the International Green Flag Trails assessment and accreditation system that is being used to enhance the quality of trails in the host destination and other countries. This is a 2-day training workshop. 

DATES: 30 Sept – 1 Oct 2022

Trails Film Festival Premiere

The World Trails Film Festival – Trails Film is the only festival of its kind focused on telling unique trail stories, from history to adventure, from slow travel to inspirational journeys. We focus on cultural diversity. Submit your films for entry here.

DATES: 29 September 2022

Islands & Trails – Special Session

We anticipate 25 different island destinations that have trails to join the conference, to learn from each other and share best practices in promoting and marketing trails on islands. Make sure your island is represented.

DATE: 26 September 2022

Trails & Poster Exhibition  

Trails are invited to exhibit posters and promotional materials.

For those trails staking part in the virtual programme, video and pre-recorded presentation slots are available.

DATES: 26 – 30 September 2022

Trail Excursions on Skiathos

Various local trails and adventures are offered during the conference.

Choose from a variety of short day trails in the region. There are endless activities and opportunities to explore the trail destination.

DATES: 29 September 2022

I have never been to a conference that had so many follow-up collaborations.
This conference is a must for trail professionals and enthusiasts alike.

I established incredibly meaningful connections.

– Rigas Zafeiriou, Attendee at the 7th World Trails Conference,
Santiago de Compostela – 2018

Draft conference schedule
A packed programme of events open and close the conference.

The below conference schedule dates are confirmed. Parallel sessions on the Tuesday and Wednesday are still in draft form and will be updated once all speakers are confirmed.  An updated and final schedule, with details of all presentations, will be published in early August 2022. Please submit your presentation proposals for both virtual and in-person presentations by 13 June. 

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Sign-up for an Unforgettable Trail Journey!

Trail Journeys Pre-Conference Trips
There is no better way to learn about trails and engage with trail experts, than on a trail.

These journeys have been designed specifically to unlock deep networking, powerful insights and memorable experiences in small groups.

There are 3 trails to choose from with slightly different themes taking place between 18 – 25 September, in different regions of Greece.

Make the most of your trip to Greece by exploring its beautiful trails. These journeys are lead by members of the World Trails Network Task Teams and each journey will explore specific themes.


The hospitality of the Skiathos Municipality and our sponsors in Greece and beyond, make this conference possible.

We believe the impact of the 8th World Trails Conference will be felt globally and on the ground for trails, through in-depth knowledge sharing, creative collaboration and international networking.

– Galeo Saintz, International Chair
World Trails Network

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