Category: WLO News-Insides

Jan 1
1970

WLO and Zhejiang University celebrate a signing ceremony recognizing ZJU as a new WLCE

On the 2nd November, at the Xixi Campus of Zhejiang University (ZJU), WLO COO Dr. Cristina Ortega represented the WLO in the signing and licensing ceremony of the World Leisure Center of Excellence (WLCE) recognition awarded to the Chinese University. Prof. GU Jianmin, Dean of College of Education, and former WLO Board member Prof. Dr. Lijun (Jane) ZHOU, Deputy Dean of the same College, represented ZJU at the ceremony. As part of the ceremony, Dr. Cristina Ortega delivered a lecture on the future of Leisure Studies.

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On the 2nd November, at the Xixi Campus of Zhejiang University (ZJU), WLO COO Dr. Cristina Ortega represented the WLO in the signing and licensing ceremony of the World Leisure Center of Excellence (WLCE) recognition awarded to the Chinese University. Prof. GU Jianmin, Dean of College of Education, and former WLO Board member Prof. Dr. Lijun (Jane) ZHOU, Deputy Dean of the same College, represented ZJU at the ceremony. As part of the ceremony, Dr. Cristina Ortega delivered a lecture on the future of Leisure Studies.

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Jan 1
1970

WLO, present at the 2018 Summit Forum on Rural Revitalization and Leisure Industry Development in Shangyu, China

From the 9th to the 11th November, WLO COO Dr. Cristina Ortega, and Executive Board members Dr. John Tower and Dr. Miklos Banhidi attended the 2018 Summit Forum on Rural Revitalization and Leisure Industry Development in Shangyu, China, where they delivered keynote presentations in the morning of the 10th November. WLO Board member Dr. Lijun (Jane) ZHOU was also invited to the summit, in the role of a round table debater on the 10th November afternoon.

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From the 9th to the 11th November, WLO COO Dr. Cristina Ortega, and Executive Board members Dr. John Tower and Dr. Miklos Banhidi attended the 2018 Summit Forum on Rural Revitalization and Leisure Industry Development in Shangyu, China, where they delivered keynote presentations in the morning of the 10th November. WLO Board member Dr. Lijun (Jane) ZHOU was also invited to the summit, in the role of a round table debater on the 10th November afternoon.

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Jan 1
1970

Road to Pinggu-Beijing 2020: 2nd China (Beijing) Leisure Congress gathers over 500 people

After the 1st edition in September 2017, the 2nd China (Beijing) Leisure Congress took place at Pinggu district on the 21st and 22nd of September. These Congresses are conceived as a warm-up for the 16th WL Congress, which will be held in Pinggu-Beijing in 2020. This new edition gathered over 500 people, who discussed on the issue of “Urban Culture and the Leisure Industry”, and related topics such as tourism, sports leisure and leisure agriculture and their connections to urban culture.

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After the 1st edition in September 2017, the 2nd China (Beijing) Leisure Congress took place at Pinggu district on the 21st and 22nd of September. These Congresses are conceived as a warm-up for the 16th WL Congress, which will be held in Pinggu-Beijing in 2020. This new edition gathered over 500 people, who discussed on the issue of “Urban Culture and the Leisure Industry”, and related topics such as tourism, sports leisure and leisure agriculture and their connections to urban culture.

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Jan 1
1970

Leisure Magazine and the WLO sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Dated 23rd September 2018, the Chinese publication Leisure Magazine and the WLO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at establishing cooperation mechanisms for the promotion of WLO’s mission and vision in China.

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Dated 23rd September 2018, the Chinese publication Leisure Magazine and the WLO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at establishing cooperation mechanisms for the promotion of WLO’s mission and vision in China.

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Jan 1
1970

WLO and China National Technical Committee on Leisure Standardization and China Leisure Association to cooperate for the promotion of WL Communities of Excellence

After a first encounter in May, when a WLO delegation met in Beijing with representatives of the China Leisure Association and the China National Leisure Standardization Technical Committee, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between these entities and the WLO in the last visit of WLO Chairman Dr. Roger Coles, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Cristina Ortega and WLO legal advisor Jack Agrios to China in October.

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After a first encounter in May, when a WLO delegation met in Beijing with representatives of the China Leisure Association and the China National Leisure Standardization Technical Committee, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between these entities and the WLO in the last visit of WLO Chairman Dr. Roger Coles, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Cristina Ortega and WLO legal advisor Jack Agrios to China in October.

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Jan 1
1970

Teresita Lencina – About Bilbao: “…I had the grateful experience of finding a city that I did not imagined”

Teresita Lencina

Expert in Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO – (Argentina) – May, 22nd.

 

While visiting Bilbao, just for a few hours, I had the grateful experience of finding a city that I did not imagined. In a majestic geography, surrounded by mountains and water, a city divided by a sea loach is settled, banks that the legendary and amazing architecture links in harmony with beautiful bridges and grand structures open to wide spaces that invite to see.

The inner tramway toured me to the most attractive spots of the city, from the historical downtown to the modern areas to find a gigantic sculpture of the Sacred Heart in the very center of the Gran Via. And further away, but just a few minutes from downtown, the San Mamés Stadium and the modern building of Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, both symbols of a city open to transformation and quality of living, to joy and pleasure.

I walked down the main streets, book stores, trendy shop and the corners that the city offers. At midday, the rhythm of the city slows down and becomes gentler. Most of the shop close, except restaurants and cafes, that invite to contemplate the city from some pergola in one of the city’s wide streets, enjoying exquisite dishes.

I wanted to live Bilbao some more time…

 

 

Teresita Lencina

Expert in Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO – (Argentina) – May, 22nd.

 

While visiting Bilbao, just for a few hours, I had the grateful experience of finding a city that I did not imagined. In a majestic geography, surrounded by mountains and water, a city divided by a sea loach is settled, banks that the legendary and amazing architecture links in harmony with beautiful bridges and grand structures open to wide spaces that invite to see.

The inner tramway toured me to the most attractive spots of the city, from the historical downtown to the modern areas to find a gigantic sculpture of the Sacred Heart in the very center of the Gran Via. And further away, but just a few minutes from downtown, the San Mamés Stadium and the modern building of Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, both symbols of a city open to transformation and quality of living, to joy and pleasure.

I walked down the main streets, book stores, trendy shop and the corners that the city offers. At midday, the rhythm of the city slows down and becomes gentler. Most of the shop close, except restaurants and cafes, that invite to contemplate the city from some pergola in one of the city’s wide streets, enjoying exquisite dishes.

I wanted to live Bilbao some more time…

 

 

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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

Neil Carr- About Bilbao: “I found it a vibrant and edgy (in a positive way) city”

Dr. Neil Carr

WLCE University of Otago (New Zealand) – June, 12th.

Reflecting on my first ever visit to Bilbao, I found it a vibrant and edgy (in a positive way) city. It is clearly a post-industrial place, but one where its industrial roots still show through among the façade-ism that is seeking to move the city onwards. Bilbao is also clearly both a Spanish and a Basque city, proud of what it has been and what it could become. It is within the context of this melting pot that I offer up my favourite and least pictures of Bilbao.

The first picture is of the iconic Puppy that sits happily outside of the Guggenheim on the banks of the Nervión river. As a dog lover it is probably no surprise that this is a favourite picture of mine. However, it makes it to this position also because it is such a care free icon that stands in juxtaposition to the Guggenheim, which may well be an architectural masterpiece and hold wonderful works of modern art but which left this visitor feeling cold and unwanted. So it was nice after visiting it to step outside and have a little doggy love with Puppy.

My second photo is of the abattoir at the back of the bullfighting ring in Bilbao. It is a highly disturbing picture, even without a bull being dismembered by a butcher in it, that the animal welfarist in me dislikes intensely. Yet it is also a picture that shows Bilbao without the veneer of post-industrial, global, beige-ism. Instead, it is authentically Bilbao. For its honesty, and the love of the sport the individual who showed myself and Cristina (our World Leisure Organization Chief Operating Officer) around the ring and behind the scenes I love this picture.

In other words, while Cristina asked me for my favourite and least favourite picture of Bilbao I have actually provided two that are both at the same time representations of my favourite and least favourite things in Bilbao. Maybe it is that complexity that I really like most about the city.

Dr. Neil Carr

WLCE University of Otago (New Zealand) – June, 12th.

Reflecting on my first ever visit to Bilbao, I found it a vibrant and edgy (in a positive way) city. It is clearly a post-industrial place, but one where its industrial roots still show through among the façade-ism that is seeking to move the city onwards. Bilbao is also clearly both a Spanish and a Basque city, proud of what it has been and what it could become. It is within the context of this melting pot that I offer up my favourite and least pictures of Bilbao.

The first picture is of the iconic Puppy that sits happily outside of the Guggenheim on the banks of the Nervión river. As a dog lover it is probably no surprise that this is a favourite picture of mine. However, it makes it to this position also because it is such a care free icon that stands in juxtaposition to the Guggenheim, which may well be an architectural masterpiece and hold wonderful works of modern art but which left this visitor feeling cold and unwanted. So it was nice after visiting it to step outside and have a little doggy love with Puppy.

My second photo is of the abattoir at the back of the bullfighting ring in Bilbao. It is a highly disturbing picture, even without a bull being dismembered by a butcher in it, that the animal welfarist in me dislikes intensely. Yet it is also a picture that shows Bilbao without the veneer of post-industrial, global, beige-ism. Instead, it is authentically Bilbao. For its honesty, and the love of the sport the individual who showed myself and Cristina (our World Leisure Organization Chief Operating Officer) around the ring and behind the scenes I love this picture.

In other words, while Cristina asked me for my favourite and least favourite picture of Bilbao I have actually provided two that are both at the same time representations of my favourite and least favourite things in Bilbao. Maybe it is that complexity that I really like most about the city.

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Jan 1
1970

John Dattilo: An Attempt to Stir the Poet Within – About Bilbao “Gentle paces, smiling faces…”

Dr. John Dattilo

Pennsylvania State University, (USA) – June, 12th.

 

Gentle paces, smiling faces

Active walkers, welcome talkers

Delicious food, relaxed mood

Sips of wine, life is fine 

Well behaved pups, coffee in cups

Bridges that connect, time to reflect

Paddled boats, thoughts to promote 

So much art, reluctant to depart

Old friends met, new friends set

Lights at night, all is right

Adventure at each turn, much to learn.

Dr. John Dattilo

Pennsylvania State University, (USA) – June, 12th.

 

Gentle paces, smiling faces

Active walkers, welcome talkers

Delicious food, relaxed mood

Sips of wine, life is fine 

Well behaved pups, coffee in cups

Bridges that connect, time to reflect

Paddled boats, thoughts to promote 

So much art, reluctant to depart

Old friends met, new friends set

Lights at night, all is right

Adventure at each turn, much to learn.

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Jan 1
1970

Douglas Kleiber – About Bilbao: But once again I was impressed with how many healthy looking people, locals as well as tourists, …”

Dr. Douglas Kleiber

WLO Research and Knowledge Transference Committee Chair,

Georgia University   – (USA). 12th, June.

About all that had changed was to see more people running, and cycling than I remember as well as more on cell phones (as seems to be the case everywhere). But once again I was impressed with how many healthy looking people, locals as well as tourists, who walked the streets all around the city (but especially along the Nervion River where the famous Guggenheim Museum stands out as a European highlight) almost every evening for exercise, socializing and the prospect of finding good pinxtos (like tapas) for which Bilbao and the Basque region, but especially the old town of Casco Viejo, are known. Of course, though, a highlight of my trip was having some time to visit the excellent “Secretariat” of the World Leisure Organization, located on the very edge of that lovey old town.

Dr. Douglas Kleiber

WLO Research and Knowledge Transference Committee Chair,

Georgia University   – (USA). 12th, June.

About all that had changed was to see more people running, and cycling than I remember as well as more on cell phones (as seems to be the case everywhere). But once again I was impressed with how many healthy looking people, locals as well as tourists, who walked the streets all around the city (but especially along the Nervion River where the famous Guggenheim Museum stands out as a European highlight) almost every evening for exercise, socializing and the prospect of finding good pinxtos (like tapas) for which Bilbao and the Basque region, but especially the old town of Casco Viejo, are known. Of course, though, a highlight of my trip was having some time to visit the excellent “Secretariat” of the World Leisure Organization, located on the very edge of that lovey old town.

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