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Jan 1
1970

2022 World Leisure Congress – University of Otago bid winner

From WLO we are delighted to announce The Department of Tourism and Otago Business School as the 2022 World Leisure Congress bid winners.

The Congress, the world’s largest leisure scientific congress, will bring more than 500 leading leisure related academics and professionals from around the world to Dunedin, New Zealand.

The bid was made in conjunction with the Dunedin City Council and is supported by Tourism New Zealand, and presented during the 15th. World Leisure Congress Board Meeting in the city of Sao Paulo.

Press releases:

University of Otago – press release: https://bit.ly/2xo6ZKO

Otago Daily Times – press release: https://bit.ly/2PPnpT5

University of Otago – press release: https://bit.ly/2xo6ZKO

Otago Daily Times – press release: https://bit.ly/2PPnpT5

From WLO we are delighted to announce The Department of Tourism and Otago Business School as the 2022 World Leisure Congress bid winners.

The Congress, the world’s largest leisure scientific congress, will bring more than 500 leading leisure related academics and professionals from around the world to Dunedin, New Zealand.

The bid was made in conjunction with the Dunedin City Council and is supported by Tourism New Zealand, and presented during the 15th. World Leisure Congress Board Meeting in the city of Sao Paulo.

Press releases:

University of Otago – press release: https://bit.ly/2xo6ZKO

Otago Daily Times – press release: https://bit.ly/2PPnpT5

University of Otago – press release: https://bit.ly/2xo6ZKO

Otago Daily Times – press release: https://bit.ly/2PPnpT5

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Jan 1
1970

María Luiza Souza, Fernando Tuacek and Eduardo Uhle – About Bilbao: “We felt in a city were we communicate by heart”

María Luiza Souza Dias, Fernando Tuacek and Eduardo Uhle 

SESC Sao Paulo and 2018 WL Congress Team (Brazil) – June, 16th. – 18th.

Bilbao is a city for people that welcomes all. While we were there, we were invited to share it’s culture and costumes. Good food, good wine and nice places for leisure. Physical activities and culture are all around it’s core – the Bilbao River estuary. A city that is blossoming to tourism, well structured and with a strong history. We felt in a city were we communicate by heart.

María Luiza Souza Dias, Fernando Tuacek and Eduardo Uhle 

SESC Sao Paulo and 2018 WL Congress Team (Brazil) – June, 16th. – 18th.

Bilbao is a city for people that welcomes all. While we were there, we were invited to share it’s culture and costumes. Good food, good wine and nice places for leisure. Physical activities and culture are all around it’s core – the Bilbao River estuary. A city that is blossoming to tourism, well structured and with a strong history. We felt in a city were we communicate by heart.

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Jan 1
1970

Yvonne Klerks – About Bilbao: “A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere at the end of a working day, which gives a holiday feeling”

Yvonne Klerks

WLCE Breda NHTV University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) June, 7th- 8th.

Bilbao is a pleasant and ‘easy’ city in the North of Spain. The inner city has been transformed in a particularly nice area for people to spend their leisure time. The inner city is not too small and not too large, not too quiet and not too crowded, there are tourists but not too many which enables you to experience the authentic Spanish feeling, many things are within walking distance and in case you would like to explore areas a bit further away, (public) transport is available and easy accessible, for example to the coastal area or to Bilbao’s authentic industrial heritage. Wide pedestrian lanes make it really enjoyable to walk through the inner city and the numerous bars and restaurants give the inner city a lively and delightful atmosphere. Therefore to me Bilbao is a pleasant city, but also an ‘easy’ city: easy to get around by foot, easy to find outstanding gastronomy (the city counts lots of Michelin-starred restaurants and charming Basque eateries that perfectly showcase the region’s wonderful cuisine), easy to find top class leisure facilities of which the Guggenheim obviously is the most famous one, but the city offers many more excellent leisure facilities; for example the cultural building Azkuna Zentroa and the high class soccer stadium of Athletic Bilbao are also located in the city center.

Most striking to me is the outstanding gastronomy of the city (the event ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards’ was held in Bilbao in June 2018) and the liveliness in the city center after work in the afternoon: a lot of people are out on the streets for a drink and pintxos and the playgrounds are full with children. A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere at the end of a working day, which gives a holiday feeling. Especially the playgrounds are extremely pleasurable to me, because in the country where I am from, the Netherlands, you will not find children on a playground at 7 pm.

The World Leisure Organization is committed to the belief that well selected leisure experiences improve the quality of life for all, from early-age to later life. To me Bilbao is an inspiration for this commitment of the World Leisure Organization. Many others have been inspired in the past by the transformation of Bilbao, where the quality of life is admirable. Hopefully Bilbao will inspire many more in the future who seek to enhance the quality of life in their communities through leisure. Would it be a coincidence that the Scientific and Technical Secretariat of the World Leisure Organization is located in this calming leisure city?

Yvonne Klerks

WLCE Breda NHTV University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) June, 7th- 8th.

Bilbao is a pleasant and ‘easy’ city in the North of Spain. The inner city has been transformed in a particularly nice area for people to spend their leisure time. The inner city is not too small and not too large, not too quiet and not too crowded, there are tourists but not too many which enables you to experience the authentic Spanish feeling, many things are within walking distance and in case you would like to explore areas a bit further away, (public) transport is available and easy accessible, for example to the coastal area or to Bilbao’s authentic industrial heritage. Wide pedestrian lanes make it really enjoyable to walk through the inner city and the numerous bars and restaurants give the inner city a lively and delightful atmosphere. Therefore to me Bilbao is a pleasant city, but also an ‘easy’ city: easy to get around by foot, easy to find outstanding gastronomy (the city counts lots of Michelin-starred restaurants and charming Basque eateries that perfectly showcase the region’s wonderful cuisine), easy to find top class leisure facilities of which the Guggenheim obviously is the most famous one, but the city offers many more excellent leisure facilities; for example the cultural building Azkuna Zentroa and the high class soccer stadium of Athletic Bilbao are also located in the city center.

Most striking to me is the outstanding gastronomy of the city (the event ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards’ was held in Bilbao in June 2018) and the liveliness in the city center after work in the afternoon: a lot of people are out on the streets for a drink and pintxos and the playgrounds are full with children. A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere at the end of a working day, which gives a holiday feeling. Especially the playgrounds are extremely pleasurable to me, because in the country where I am from, the Netherlands, you will not find children on a playground at 7 pm.

The World Leisure Organization is committed to the belief that well selected leisure experiences improve the quality of life for all, from early-age to later life. To me Bilbao is an inspiration for this commitment of the World Leisure Organization. Many others have been inspired in the past by the transformation of Bilbao, where the quality of life is admirable. Hopefully Bilbao will inspire many more in the future who seek to enhance the quality of life in their communities through leisure. Would it be a coincidence that the Scientific and Technical Secretariat of the World Leisure Organization is located in this calming leisure city?

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Jan 1
1970

WLO’s Leisure Management Special Interest Group (LM SIG) establishment

The LM SIG has used the very successful Leisure Management Commission as the foundation for its shift to the WLO SIGs. The beauty of the WLO’s SIGs is the opportunity address leisure issues on a global scale that can have applications on a local level. The LM SIG provides leisure professionals and scholars the opportunity to network and develop projects at an international level. Details about the LM SIG are available from http://worldleisure.org/sig-leisure-management/ 

The LM SIG’s overall aim is to complement the WLO vision by documenting how leisure programs, facilities and services are enhancing the human condition and contributing to communities’ quality of life. The goals are evolving but are currently listed as:

  • Establish the LM SIG to share information about leisure management research, practices and publications.
  • Establish a database of leisure management researchers and their areas of expertise.
  • Document research about how leisure programs, facilities and services are contributing to communities’ quality of life.
  • Document research about how leisure programs, facilities and services are helping communities in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN’s SDGs).

The LM SIG membership are currently working to put some substance to the goals by determining the tasks, responsibilities and timelines for our next steps.

John Tower and Jo An Zimmermann are the Co-convenors for the LM SIG. They bring their decades of leisure management experience to facilitate the activities of the LM SIG’s registered members. World Leisure Journal readers may recall that John and Jo An co-edited WLJ’s Special Issue on Leisure Management – Volume 59, Issue 1, March 2017.

People wanting to become involved with the LM SIG should register their interest by contacting  WLO ( secretariat@worldleisure.org ), John Tower  (john.tower@vu.edu.au ) or Jo An Zimmermann ( jz15@txstate.edu). WLO members attending the WLO Congress in Sao Paulo can learn more about the LM SIG when we have our first face-to-face meeting.

The LM SIG has used the very successful Leisure Management Commission as the foundation for its shift to the WLO SIGs. The beauty of the WLO’s SIGs is the opportunity address leisure issues on a global scale that can have applications on a local level. The LM SIG provides leisure professionals and scholars the opportunity to network and develop projects at an international level. Details about the LM SIG are available from http://worldleisure.org/sig-leisure-management/ 

The LM SIG’s overall aim is to complement the WLO vision by documenting how leisure programs, facilities and services are enhancing the human condition and contributing to communities’ quality of life. The goals are evolving but are currently listed as:

  • Establish the LM SIG to share information about leisure management research, practices and publications.
  • Establish a database of leisure management researchers and their areas of expertise.
  • Document research about how leisure programs, facilities and services are contributing to communities’ quality of life.
  • Document research about how leisure programs, facilities and services are helping communities in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN’s SDGs).

The LM SIG membership are currently working to put some substance to the goals by determining the tasks, responsibilities and timelines for our next steps.

John Tower and Jo An Zimmermann are the Co-convenors for the LM SIG. They bring their decades of leisure management experience to facilitate the activities of the LM SIG’s registered members. World Leisure Journal readers may recall that John and Jo An co-edited WLJ’s Special Issue on Leisure Management – Volume 59, Issue 1, March 2017.

People wanting to become involved with the LM SIG should register their interest by contacting  WLO ( secretariat@worldleisure.org ), John Tower  (john.tower@vu.edu.au ) or Jo An Zimmermann ( jz15@txstate.edu). WLO members attending the WLO Congress in Sao Paulo can learn more about the LM SIG when we have our first face-to-face meeting.

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Jan 1
1970

Carmen Grace Salazar Salas, PhD. (Costa Rica): “I would like to meet people from different countries who are interested in recreation/leisure studies

Carmen Grace Salazar Salas, Ph.D. is coordinator of Recreation Master´s degree programme at the University of Costa Rica.

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Carmen Grace Salazar Salas, Ph.D. is coordinator of Recreation Master´s degree programme at the University of Costa Rica.

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Jan 1
1970

Clayton J Hawkins (Autralia): “Leisure is the time that I get to choose what I immerse myself in.”

Dr. Clayton J Hawkins is Course Coordinator at Applied BusinessUniversity College, University of Tasmania, and founding member of founding member of the new WLO Leisure Management SIG

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Dr. Clayton J Hawkins is Course Coordinator at Applied BusinessUniversity College, University of Tasmania, and founding member of founding member of the new WLO Leisure Management SIG

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Jan 1
1970

2018 WL Study Tour Sao Paulo, Brazil – Registration is now open!

2018 WLO Study Tour in the city of Sao Paulo presents a unique opportunity for first-hand site visit learning experiences for professionals, scholars, public/private sector professionals and any bodyr elated to the field of leisure studies.

Introduction

The 3-day intense interactive programme has been designed according and connected to the WL Congress main theme “Leisure Beyond Constraints”, and aims to foster international conversation’s exchanges while visiting some of the most professional and interesting institutions of the city of Sao Paulo. Keep in mind that the Study Tour has very limited places, so don ́t be late and book your seat now! Book your seats here: https://bit.ly/2GCeiVH

Who is this Study Tour for?

The WLO Study Tour in the city of Sao Paulo has been organized and designed for academics, researchers, professionals, representatives from local the wider public interested in gaining knowledge and unique access to leisure related institutions in the city of Sao Paulo. Thanks to this activity, participants will also expand their international relations, establish partnerships learn from leading experts, and grow their international network!

Benefits for you

– Explore and get inspired in a vibrant city and culture – by gaining special access to major leisure related organizations.
– Receive first-hand knowledge – Learn from leading experts
– Expand your professional contacts – network and share your experiences with other like-minded colleagues from the leisure field.

Benefits for your organization
– Raise the profile of your organization – Present your institution to an international audience
– Develop collaborations and find new partners – Meet with representatives from universities, art organizations, and cultural companies.
– Professionalize your staff – Bring back best practices and case studies to be shared with your peers

 

See full programme visits and details here: https://bit.ly/2HhRyd0
And REGISTER NOW HERE: https://bit.ly/2GCeiVH

If you have any further questions regarding the Study Tour, please connect directly with WLO Scientific and Technical Secretariat at: secretariat@worldleisure.org

2018 WLO Study Tour in the city of Sao Paulo presents a unique opportunity for first-hand site visit learning experiences for professionals, scholars, public/private sector professionals and any bodyr elated to the field of leisure studies.

Introduction

The 3-day intense interactive programme has been designed according and connected to the WL Congress main theme “Leisure Beyond Constraints”, and aims to foster international conversation’s exchanges while visiting some of the most professional and interesting institutions of the city of Sao Paulo. Keep in mind that the Study Tour has very limited places, so don ́t be late and book your seat now! Book your seats here: https://bit.ly/2GCeiVH

Who is this Study Tour for?

The WLO Study Tour in the city of Sao Paulo has been organized and designed for academics, researchers, professionals, representatives from local the wider public interested in gaining knowledge and unique access to leisure related institutions in the city of Sao Paulo. Thanks to this activity, participants will also expand their international relations, establish partnerships learn from leading experts, and grow their international network!

Benefits for you

– Explore and get inspired in a vibrant city and culture – by gaining special access to major leisure related organizations.
– Receive first-hand knowledge – Learn from leading experts
– Expand your professional contacts – network and share your experiences with other like-minded colleagues from the leisure field.

Benefits for your organization
– Raise the profile of your organization – Present your institution to an international audience
– Develop collaborations and find new partners – Meet with representatives from universities, art organizations, and cultural companies.
– Professionalize your staff – Bring back best practices and case studies to be shared with your peers

 

See full programme visits and details here: https://bit.ly/2HhRyd0
And REGISTER NOW HERE: https://bit.ly/2GCeiVH

If you have any further questions regarding the Study Tour, please connect directly with WLO Scientific and Technical Secretariat at: secretariat@worldleisure.org

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Jan 1
1970

Vancouver Island Visiting Scholar Programme – Application deadline 31st. January 2018

Visiting Scholars are an integral component of two initiatives at Vancouver Island University (VIU):  the MA Degree in Sustainable Leisure Management, and the World Leisure Centre of Excellence. Accordingly, the Visiting Scholar Program is designed to bring local and international leaders to VIU to engage with students, faculty, and the Vancouver Island region.  The purpose of this engagement is to enrich the student experience, to share research and professional experiences, and to explore possibilities for future collaborations.

More info: Visiting Scholar Application 2018-19

Submission deadline: 31st. January 2018.

Contact Joanne Schroeder for any questions joanne.schroeder@viu.ca

Visiting Scholars are an integral component of two initiatives at Vancouver Island University (VIU):  the MA Degree in Sustainable Leisure Management, and the World Leisure Centre of Excellence. Accordingly, the Visiting Scholar Program is designed to bring local and international leaders to VIU to engage with students, faculty, and the Vancouver Island region.  The purpose of this engagement is to enrich the student experience, to share research and professional experiences, and to explore possibilities for future collaborations.

More info: Visiting Scholar Application 2018-19

Submission deadline: 31st. January 2018.

Contact Joanne Schroeder for any questions joanne.schroeder@viu.ca

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Jan 1
1970

WLO Photo Contest – It is your time!!! Share with us your best leisure moment from 2017

As for every activity we organize, we think about our WLO Members and giving them the voice and the opportunity to participate. For this time, we would really like to see you sharing with us your best leisure moments and experiences from 2017.

See below the one of the most memorable “moments” from Cristina Ortega, WLO COO, in 2017.

How to participate? Very easy!

Only for WLO Members! Send us your photos together with a title and short description by December 31st. to secretariat@worldleisure.org

The winners will be announced by January, 2018.

For the winners!

The winner will get 2018 free Individual Membership and a free 15th. World Leisure Congress Registration Ticket. The second winner will get the 2018 free individual membership.

It is time we get to know each other better!!! WLO will be publishing and sharing your stories from the time you start submitting them in our social media channels.

 

It is all about what makes me feel...

COO_2017LeisureMoment

La Bohéme at The Royal Opera House, it moves me. The moment you sit and wait. You get excited. The thoughts of the UNIQUE moment you are going to share with all the crowd.  The feeling that the world stops for a while. The one and only thing, the story, the melody, the act…and La Bohéme!
Despite, I know the end of the story, I always end up crying!

As for every activity we organize, we think about our WLO Members and giving them the voice and the opportunity to participate. For this time, we would really like to see you sharing with us your best leisure moments and experiences from 2017.

See below the one of the most memorable “moments” from Cristina Ortega, WLO COO, in 2017.

How to participate? Very easy!

Only for WLO Members! Send us your photos together with a title and short description by December 31st. to secretariat@worldleisure.org

The winners will be announced by January, 2018.

For the winners!

The winner will get 2018 free Individual Membership and a free 15th. World Leisure Congress Registration Ticket. The second winner will get the 2018 free individual membership.

It is time we get to know each other better!!! WLO will be publishing and sharing your stories from the time you start submitting them in our social media channels.

 

It is all about what makes me feel...

COO_2017LeisureMoment

La Bohéme at The Royal Opera House, it moves me. The moment you sit and wait. You get excited. The thoughts of the UNIQUE moment you are going to share with all the crowd.  The feeling that the world stops for a while. The one and only thing, the story, the melody, the act…and La Bohéme!
Despite, I know the end of the story, I always end up crying!

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Jan 1
1970

Thomas and Ruth Rivers International Scholarship is now open!

Thomas and Ruth Rivers International Scholarship – Open Call
Are you in final year graduate or undergraduate in a college or university program, with a major in recreation, leisure studies, leisure services, leisure resources or tourism studies? Then Thomas and Ruth Rivers International Scholarship is for you!!! – Apply now! More info: http://bit.ly/2j36NfT

“My experience in attending the World Leisure Congress was unprecedented in terms of the quality of the research presentations I was able to attend, as well as to the numbers of inspirational scholars that I was privileged to get to meet from all around the world. I was also very fortunate to present my dissertation research, under the auspices as one of the recipients of this award, and received a great deal of supportive and critical feedback at a critical time in my own research. The highlight of my participation at the Congress, however, has to have been the afternoon that I got to spend exploring the highlights of Durban with three senior scholars, whose work I have been reading for years.” Meghan Muldoon, University of Waterloon – 2016 TRISS Winner

Thomas and Ruth Rivers International Scholarship – Open Call
Are you in final year graduate or undergraduate in a college or university program, with a major in recreation, leisure studies, leisure services, leisure resources or tourism studies? Then Thomas and Ruth Rivers International Scholarship is for you!!! – Apply now! More info: http://bit.ly/2j36NfT

“My experience in attending the World Leisure Congress was unprecedented in terms of the quality of the research presentations I was able to attend, as well as to the numbers of inspirational scholars that I was privileged to get to meet from all around the world. I was also very fortunate to present my dissertation research, under the auspices as one of the recipients of this award, and received a great deal of supportive and critical feedback at a critical time in my own research. The highlight of my participation at the Congress, however, has to have been the afternoon that I got to spend exploring the highlights of Durban with three senior scholars, whose work I have been reading for years.” Meghan Muldoon, University of Waterloon – 2016 TRISS Winner

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