19-26 JANUARY 2024

MAY 2023

We postponed the deadline for the Early Bird registration fees!

The Early Bird registration fees will now expire on June 30th (23.59 CEST)!

Don't forget that these registration fees have limited tickets: there are only 150 available

If the limit is reached before the deadline on June 30th, the Early Bird registration fees will end and participants will only be able to register with the Regular registration fees.

Check the Convention registration fees on our website and
Convention Secretariat may be contacted by email at [email protected].
Please note that the Organizing Secretariat is open on working days, 9.00-13.00 / 14.00-18.00 CEST
 A message from your hosts and the organising team

Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

Siracusa, located on the southeastern corner of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, was founded in 735 B.C. by a community of Greek settlers coming from Corinth who merged with the local Sicels.

More than any other modern city in Sicily, Siracusa manifests a visible continuity from its ancient Greek past and the isle of Ortigia is reputed as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved historical centres in Sicily.
A stroll along the streets of Ortigia will offer you the opportunity to dive into history, archaeology, architecture and mythology!

Did you know that the Greek goddess Artemis was born here a week before her mother, Leto, gave birth to her twin brother Apollo in Delos? And that Ortigia derives from ortyx, the Greek name of a quail that populated in abundance the area?

But Ortigia is also ideal for savouring Sicilian flavours at one of many of the typical restaurants serving seafood in the historical centre or for meandering along the stalls of the daily street market where fish, cheese, spices, fruit, vegetables and delicious ricotta-made sweets are a feast for the eyes and for the palate!

The organising team is looking forward to welcoming all of you to Siracusa and sharing wonderful experiences... so ensure that you register on time!

Mount Etna - ph: Tibor Janosi Mozes 
The 2024 Convention Theme


Meet the Team...

Carlo Castello

Born in Siracusa on June 4th, 1953, Carlo has a B.A. in foreign languages and is a qualified tourist guide since 1979.

Since 1993 he has been a member of ANGT’s Board first in the position of Vice-President and currently as Treasurer. As of 1994, Carlo has been appointed Chairman of AGTS – the Association of Siracuse Tourist Guides.

Besides chairing the local association of guides, Carlo has been organizing for more than two decades the yearly International Tourist Guide Day – ITGD – in his hometown as well as updating courses for tourist guides.

He acts also as a Tourist advisor for the local Councilor of Tourism.

WFTGA 2024 Convention Programme

January 2024

Pre-Tour (3 days): 19th - 21st
Delegates Meeting: 21st
Delegates Pre-tour (2 days): 19th - 21th
MAIN CONVENTION: 22nd - 26th
Post Tour (4 days): 26th - 29th

Landmarks of Siracusa: Maniace Castle

Strategically positioned on the tip of the Ortigia Island, the Maniace Castle is a square-plan building closed by a mighty perimeter wall with four cylindrical towers at the corners. Named after Giorgio Maniace (George Maniakes), the Byzantine general who reconquered the city from the Arabs in 1038, this impressive medieval citadel was built between 1232 and 1240 under the reign of Frederick II and extensively modified during the subsequent centuries. Today it is one of the most renowned museums of Siracusa.

Practical Information
How to Reach Siracusa

Even though Siracusa is in Sicily, an island, the city is not difficult to reach! You have different options, and you can choose to go there by train, by boat and by plane!
The nearest airport to Siracusa is Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), a one-hour driving distance.
There are trains and buses from Catania (60-90 minutes journey) as well as a shuttle bus between Siracusa and Catania Fontanarossa Airport which is just a bit more than a one-hour journey.


VISA and Entry requirements

All information can be found on the official website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If you need a VISA letter to justify your travel, you can contact the Organizing Secretariat at [email protected] after you register*.

Eat, Drink & Experience Sicily like a local

Close-up of some arancini (or arancine), with the classical orange balls shape
If you are a veritable foodie or just love treating yourself to homemade specialities, then you should taste the “arancino” or “arancina”, a fried breadcrumbed coated ball of rice, originally shaped like an orange, hence the name, stuffed with vegetables, meat or cheese and served as an appetizer or a healthy snack to eat on the go. A crunchy exterior for a soft and tasty interior…

What to expect in Newsletter #3

  • Meet some of the 2024 Convention organising team members
  • Convention Programme Information - WFTGA Virtual Conference / Join us for more information
  • Landmarks of Siracusa
  • Eat, Drink and Experience Sicily like a local
  • Practical Information: Accessibility, Travel, Weather and more
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