The World Leisure Organization promotes leisure as integral to social, cultural and economic development. We are committed to enlarging choice, arming and enriching cultural identities, and promoting sustainable and well distributed economic growth through leisure.

The World Leisure Organization draws members from all parts of the world and from diverse areas of interest including tourism, parks and recreation services, the arts and culture, sport, fitness and exercise, theme and entertainment centers and children’s play. Memberships are available on an individual basis and for organizations such as education institutions, non-profit agencies, government agencies, and businesses and corporations.

Membership in the World Leisure Organization provides networking opportunities for academics, professionals, colleagues and citizens on a worldwide basis.

WLO Membership Benefits

WL Journal – Publications
  • Get 4 printed issues from World Leisure Journal (Indexed into Scopus)
  • Access to the electronic version of the World Leisure Journal
  • 20% off in Routledge Books
WL Congresses and Events
  • Reduced registration fees for World Leisure Congresses and Events
  • Access to educational opportunities including participation in congresses, conferences, forums, expos, workshops, study tours
WL Funding/ Naming Rights
  • Exclusive access and opportunities to funding projects and naming rights opportunities
WL Special Interest Groups (SIG)
  • Contribute and work in common projects within an international relevant leisure community of academics, professionals and decision makers at global level.
WLO Newsletter
  • Have the opportunity to publish your own news and promote them through an international network, and the not be missed the most updated news.
Professional and Personal Career upgrade. Get involved!
  • Be a member of the main worldwide organization related to leisure field, that connects both the academic/scientific and professional world.
  • Join others from around the world with common interest areas focused on advancing specific aspects of leisure through research, education, knowledge transference and advocacy.
  • Access to a network of key international agents
  • Access to WL Programmes with added benefits. Examples: Special issues connected to the related Special Interest Groups subject matters, Study Tours with dedicated programmes, Field Schools for students, …
Internationalization of your organization, program and students
  • Promote your organization´s visibility outside your own country
  • Learn, share and exchange best practices with an international network
  • Discover a wide range of opportunities to involve younger generations with field school, volunteer, and internships programs and much more.
Other opportunities:
  • Collaborate with the United Nations and other international advocacy programs
WLO Membership Annual Types & Fees
  • Educational Institutions and Non-Profit Agencies $100
  • Government Departments and Agencies $150
  • Individual Member $50
  • Student Member $25
  • Retired Member $35
  • Life Membership $1000
  • Member of Affiliated Organization $45
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