Virtual or
in person
in Madrid

The Convention for licenced, professional Tourist Guides

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The WFTGA invites you to the 19th WFTGA Hybrid Convention taking place in Madrid, Spain. We aim to facilitate a slightly unconventional WFTGA Convention to both those able to attend in person and to those joining us virtually.

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What can you expect?

Interested in joining us virtually?

For those attending virtually you can join us for the welcoming and closing sessions, as well as the option to join our Educational Day and Professional Day. Wondering who will be host to the 2024 WFTGA Convention? You can join us virtually to view their final presentations to the WFTGA Audience, with the announcement taking place during the closing ceremony.

Interested in joining us in person?

For those choosing to attend in person, you will of course be able to join all the days, including the Educational Day, Experiential Day, and Professional Day, as well as the Welcome and closing dinner. It will be a great opportunity to engage with some of our members and colleagues in person following a 3-year hiatus since our last Convention held in 2019 in Tbilisi.

Networking

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The in person event will have plenty of opportunities to network and meet with colleagues. (adhering to Spanish health protocols and regulations)

Guided tours

We are collaborating with our Affiliate member, Guiding Group and will be using their latest technology while we explore the city of Madrid.

Workshops

Workshop

We are working on a few exciting workshops to bring to you during our Hybrid sessions.

Excursions and food

Typical spanish tapas concept.

The Ministry of Industry, commerce and tourism are sponsoring us for our Experiential Day out in Madrid. Lets explore this historical city.

Guest Speakers

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We have an extremely interesting lineup of Guest speakers and Presenters during our Educational and Professional days.

Closing event

Girls dancing and having fun

Our closing event is sure to be one for the history books! With special announcements, guest speaker, entertainment and stunning venue. 

Join us virtually for the first hour. 

Memories from our previous Conventions and Virtual Members events

2019 – Tbilisi, Georgia| 2017 – Tehran, Iran | 2015 – Prague, Czech Republic | 2013 – Macau, SAR China | 2011 – Tallinn, Estonia | 2009 – Bali, Indonesia | 2007 – Cairo, Egypt | 2005 – Melbourne, Austrailia | 2003 – Dunblane, Scotland | 2001 – Nicosia, Cyprus | 1999 – Hong Kong, China | 1997 – Montréal, Canada | 1995 – Singapore, Singapore | 1993 – Pretoria, South Africa | 1991 – Tampere, Finland | 1989 – Nicosia, Cyprus | 1987 – Vienna, Austria | 1985 – Tel Aviv, Israel

Check the Schedule

*  Times given are CET/Spain, Madrid

Saturday - 5th Feb.

Arrival Day
Delegates arrival for the in-person events
 
Registrations open 09:00am 06th Feb.

Excludes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals

in person

Sunday - 6th Feb.

Arrival Day
General Assembly – part 1
Delegates

11:00am start time*

Officially appointed Delegates only

Pre-registration compulsory

hybrid

Participants
Arrival of participants and accompanying persons for the in-person events

Includes:

  • Light Lunch (Delegates only)
  • Cocktail drinks & dinner (Delegates only)

Excludes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Lunch and Dinner (for participants and accompanying persons)

Monday - 7th Feb.

Day 1 - Educational Day
Participants and Delegates

11:00am start time*
  • Opening session
  • Guest speakers
  • Presentations

Remember to register for the sessions.

hybrid

2024 Bidding country presentations

hybrid

Includes:

  • Light lunch (all in person attendees)
  • Welcome dinner (all in person attendees)

Tuesday - 8th Feb.

Day 2 - Experiential Day
In person only
Full day tour of Madrid city

 

Experience the tour with the local Tourist Guides.

Sponsored by the the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism – Spain

Includes:
  • Lunch – a traditional experience
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport
Excludes:
  • Dinner at Leisure

Wednesday - 9th Feb.

Day 3 - Operational Day
In person and virtual – by invitation only
10:00am start time

Workshop for participants (in person only)

City excursion 

Training Division meetings

10:00am start time

hybrid

General Assembly – part 2

3:00pm start time

Officially appointed Delegates only

Pre-registration compulsory

hybrid

Includes:

  • Light Lunch (for delegates, participants, training division)
  • Dinner (for delegates and training division)

Excludes:

  • Dinner at leisure (for participants)

Thursday - 10th Feb.

Day 4 - Professional Day
Delegates and participants
11:00am start time

Interested in hearing from the Professionals and leaders in the industry? 

Join us for this day of high profile and informative Speakers.

hybrid

Closing session with guest speaker, WFTGA announcements

7:30pm – 8:30pm

hybrid

Closing dinner – In person only

 

Includes:

  • Light lunch (for all in attendance)
  • Closing dinner (for all in attendance)

Friday to Sunday
11th to 13th Feb.

Post Tour

Join us as we explore the Medieval towns in Spain

Depart Host Hotel the morning of the 11th.

Returning mid-day 13th with drop off at the Madrid Airport.

Includes:

  • Transport 
  • 2 nights Accommodation including breakfast
  • Entrance Fees 
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 dinner
  • Qualified Tourist Guide

 

Excludes:

  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned on the program
  • Meals not mentioned on the program

post tour program

Depart hotel on Friday after breakfast and head to the old city of Segovia with a local tourist guide. Visit to the roman Aqueduct followed by a visit to Alcázar. Lunch at leisure.
Head to the medieval town of Toledo, home for 2 nights. Dinner included at a local restaurant.
Saturday we will enjoy a walking tour of Toledo with a local tourist guide. Lunch is included as well as a few unique and special experiences in the town of Toledo. Dinner at leisure.
Sunday departure from Toledo to the Madrid international airport.

Region of Madrid Tourist Board

Representatives from the Tourist Board

Marco Valente

ICCIRA Vice Chairperson

ICCIRA: Archeology and Tourism Case Study – Cultural and Environmental Enhancement of Sites of Heritage Interest in Alentejo and Morocco

 

Erik Wolf

Executive Director and Founder – World Food Travel Association

Using culinary tourism in driving recovery in our destinations

 

Christo Brand

Nelson Mandela and Christo Brand: the prisoner who became president and the prison guard who became his friend

Guest Speakers

We are in the process of putting together the final program with dynamic and interesting guest speakers. Watch this space for updates!

Tickets

NOTE: accommodation is EXCLUDED
WFTGA promotional code may be used when making reservation to secure a preferential rate.

FREE - Virtual

  • The Official Welcome
  • Day 1 / Educational Day (3 hours)
  • The Official closing (1 hour)

0,- €

PAID - Virtual

  • Day 4 / Professional Day (3 hours)

60,00 €

DELEGATES - Virtual

  • General Assembly Part 1 & Part 2

0,- €

PARTICIPANT - In Person

7th to 10th Feb.

  • The Official Welcome
  • Day 1 / Educational Day (3 hours)
  • Day 4 / Professional Day (3 hours)
  • The Official closing (1 hour)

410,- €

deadline for registration January 31

POST TOUR - In Person

11th to 13th Feb.

Join us as we explore the medieval towns of Spain.

2 nights / 2,5 days

250,- €

deadline for registration January 31

DELEGATES - In Person

5th to 10th Feb.

  • Delegates Welcome dinner
  • The Official Welcome
  • Day 1 – Educational day
  • Day 2 – Experiential day
  • Day 3 – Operational day
  • Day 4 – Professional day
  • The Official closing and dinner
  • General Assembly Part 1 & Part 2

460,- €

deadline for registration January 31

In Person in Madrid

Venue / Hotel

Our Host hotel is centrally located to public transport, tourist sites, many restaurants, and stores. We will be only steps away from Grand Via, Madrids most famous street.

More information on our host hotel.

WFTGA participants receive a special rate when reserving their accommodation. Book directly with the hotel using the Promotional code: WFTGA2022

It is important to note that you need to make your accommodation arrangements directly with the hotel on the link provided. The Host hotel is surrounded by many alternative accommodation options should you prefer a different hotel, contact them directly.  

Rates (including breakfast): 

80 euro single room / 95 euro double room / 125 euro triple room

Please, make sure, your travel documents are valid in accordance with the current rules for your country.

In the registration form you can apply a visa support letter. 

Arriving into Spain requires the completion of an online Health form. Remember to complete this before your arrival.

Thanks to the high vaccination rates across Spain and Madrid (around 80% of the population have now been fully vaccinated), and a significant drop in the infection rates, a sense of normality finally started returning to the city in October 2021. 

Since 20 September, all restaurants, cafés and night clubs may now open as late as their licenses allow, and shopping malls, markets, shops cinemas, theatres, museums and galleries no longer have to apply capacity limits.

Important Information and Links to interesting articles

Thinking of spending extra time in Madrid?
Things to do in Madrid

 

Ticket Registration