Category: WLO News-Insides

Jan 1
1970

WLO and Leisure Media to start new forms of collaboration

Cristina Ortega, WLO Chief Operating Officer, visited the headquarters of Leisure Media in the town of Hitchin (UK) and met Liz Terry, the company’s CEO. The aim of the meeting was to pick up on a previously existing agreement between both organizations and expand it through new forms of collaboration.

Leisure Media edits more than 25 printed and digital publications specialized in Leisure and other, more specific areas such as Architecture & Design, Sports, Attractions or Health & Fitness, among others. Over the course 30 years, Leisure Media has gained expert knowledge in the field of Leisure practice, which is reflected in their high quality and always up-to-date publications. As expressed by Cristina Ortega, WLO COO: “Leisure Media publications are not only very interesting, but they are also an excellent means to grasp the latest trends in the field of Leisure. I think this type of contents is highly valuable to reconnect scholars and professionals, between them and with daily leisure practices, which is an underlying objective of WLO’s action”. It is WLO’s intention to capitalize on Leisure Media long-lasting expertise to offer its members a broader range of contents on Leisure. WLO thanks Leisure Media, and particularly Liz Terry, for their readiness to embark on new joint endeavors!

Some of the many publications published by Leisure Media are: Leisure Management magazine, CLADmag magazine (on Architecture & Design) or Attractions Management magazine.

Cristina Ortega, WLO Chief Operating Officer, visited the headquarters of Leisure Media in the town of Hitchin (UK) and met Liz Terry, the company’s CEO. The aim of the meeting was to pick up on a previously existing agreement between both organizations and expand it through new forms of collaboration.

Leisure Media edits more than 25 printed and digital publications specialized in Leisure and other, more specific areas such as Architecture & Design, Sports, Attractions or Health & Fitness, among others. Over the course 30 years, Leisure Media has gained expert knowledge in the field of Leisure practice, which is reflected in their high quality and always up-to-date publications. As expressed by Cristina Ortega, WLO COO: “Leisure Media publications are not only very interesting, but they are also an excellent means to grasp the latest trends in the field of Leisure. I think this type of contents is highly valuable to reconnect scholars and professionals, between them and with daily leisure practices, which is an underlying objective of WLO’s action”. It is WLO’s intention to capitalize on Leisure Media long-lasting expertise to offer its members a broader range of contents on Leisure. WLO thanks Leisure Media, and particularly Liz Terry, for their readiness to embark on new joint endeavors!

Some of the many publications published by Leisure Media are: Leisure Management magazine, CLADmag magazine (on Architecture & Design) or Attractions Management magazine.

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Jan 1
1970

WLO at ICCA‘s Association Meetings Programme in Fukuoka (Japan)

Mireia Iglesias, WLO Communication and Events Coordinator, travelled all the way to Fukuoka (Japan) to actively take part at the Association Meetings Programme. With an outstanding 3-day educational programme and speakers in the field, Mireia was selected as an association executive to take part and had the chance to learn and share with other international meeting industry professionals and colleagues, like Kay Troll from International Sport & Cultural Association (ISCA), Jon Bruno from Ecotourism International Society, Esther Banike from World Federation of Tourist Guide Association, and David Chapman from WYSE Travel Confederation.

The programme covered site inspections, seminars, table discussions, business exchanges, and networking sessions. Some of the session topics were: Practical aspects of association management; Online communication and digital strategy: conquering the digital; Understanding trends and opportunities, or Leaving a legacy, among others.

ICCA is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry and represents the main specialists in organising, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events. ICCA has over 1,000 member companies and organisations in almost 100 countries worldwide.

Mireia Iglesias, WLO Communication and Events Coordinator, travelled all the way to Fukuoka (Japan) to actively take part at the Association Meetings Programme. With an outstanding 3-day educational programme and speakers in the field, Mireia was selected as an association executive to take part and had the chance to learn and share with other international meeting industry professionals and colleagues, like Kay Troll from International Sport & Cultural Association (ISCA), Jon Bruno from Ecotourism International Society, Esther Banike from World Federation of Tourist Guide Association, and David Chapman from WYSE Travel Confederation.

The programme covered site inspections, seminars, table discussions, business exchanges, and networking sessions. Some of the session topics were: Practical aspects of association management; Online communication and digital strategy: conquering the digital; Understanding trends and opportunities, or Leaving a legacy, among others.

ICCA is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry and represents the main specialists in organising, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events. ICCA has over 1,000 member companies and organisations in almost 100 countries worldwide.

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Jan 1
1970

WLO meets Sesc São Paulo and USP for the organization of WL Congress 2018

WLO team visited the Brazilian city and met local partners Sesc São Paulo and the University of São Paulo to move forward in the organization of the upcoming WL Congress 2018. During the visit, WLO Chief Operating Officer, Communication & Events Coordinator, and Programme Coordinator had the opportunity not only to visit the centers of Sesc Pompeia and Sesc Pinheiros (the latter being the venue of the Congress) and meet the scholars of the University of São Paulo, leading the Congress’ Scientific Committee, but also to get to know other researchers and professors from other universities, as well as some centers that will complete the Congress Scientific Programme.

While the Operational Committee meeting was dedicated to logistic and organizational issues, the Scientific Committee meeting served to finalize the thematic areas of the Congress, which will merge with the recently created, member-driven WLO Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These thematic areas (which can be checked here) are the result of an effort to combine the interests of the leisure studies community worldwide with the concerns of the Latin American, and specially Brazilian scientific community in the Leisure field. The programme of the Congress will be completed with the Field School – specially designed for international students in the leisure field who want to gain immediate practical experience with real case studies. Furthermore, it was suggested that a study tour could be organized the days prior to the main Congress, providing delegates with the opportunity to meet the professionals behind the most relevant leisure infrastructures in the city, among which: Galeria Estação, Instituto Tomie Ohitake, Paralympic Training Centre, Parque da Juventude, Museu do Futebol, or Memorial.

WLO Chief Operating Officer of WLO, Dr. Cristina Ortega, highlighted the particularly symbolic meaning of this return of the Congress to the city of São Paulo after 20 years. In 1998, on the occasion of the 5th WL Congress, the Brazilian city witnessed the elaboration of São Paulo Declaration – Leisure in a Globalized Society. The discussion on “Leisure Beyond Constraints” in this new edition of the Congress will be a chance to retrace past steps, but also to look at future challenges and plan together the next moves.

 

WLO team visited the Brazilian city and met local partners Sesc São Paulo and the University of São Paulo to move forward in the organization of the upcoming WL Congress 2018. During the visit, WLO Chief Operating Officer, Communication & Events Coordinator, and Programme Coordinator had the opportunity not only to visit the centers of Sesc Pompeia and Sesc Pinheiros (the latter being the venue of the Congress) and meet the scholars of the University of São Paulo, leading the Congress’ Scientific Committee, but also to get to know other researchers and professors from other universities, as well as some centers that will complete the Congress Scientific Programme.

While the Operational Committee meeting was dedicated to logistic and organizational issues, the Scientific Committee meeting served to finalize the thematic areas of the Congress, which will merge with the recently created, member-driven WLO Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These thematic areas (which can be checked here) are the result of an effort to combine the interests of the leisure studies community worldwide with the concerns of the Latin American, and specially Brazilian scientific community in the Leisure field. The programme of the Congress will be completed with the Field School – specially designed for international students in the leisure field who want to gain immediate practical experience with real case studies. Furthermore, it was suggested that a study tour could be organized the days prior to the main Congress, providing delegates with the opportunity to meet the professionals behind the most relevant leisure infrastructures in the city, among which: Galeria Estação, Instituto Tomie Ohitake, Paralympic Training Centre, Parque da Juventude, Museu do Futebol, or Memorial.

WLO Chief Operating Officer of WLO, Dr. Cristina Ortega, highlighted the particularly symbolic meaning of this return of the Congress to the city of São Paulo after 20 years. In 1998, on the occasion of the 5th WL Congress, the Brazilian city witnessed the elaboration of São Paulo Declaration – Leisure in a Globalized Society. The discussion on “Leisure Beyond Constraints” in this new edition of the Congress will be a chance to retrace past steps, but also to look at future challenges and plan together the next moves.

 

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Jan 1
1970

Visit to the Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum with its open-style master’s studios

The Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum offers a permanent site to get to know more about arts and crafts history of Hangzhou, appreciate masterworks as well as to interpret the meaning of the handicraft. WLO team was guided by Ms. Wang Ying Xiang, Director of the Museum, in a visit to more than twenty masters ranked at national, provincial and municipal levels. The area dedicated to masters’ studios built a platform to intensively demonstrate the charming of the masters, providing them public space to research, create and teach apprentices, and at the same time offering the audience a chance to have immediate communication with masters.

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The Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum offers a permanent site to get to know more about arts and crafts history of Hangzhou, appreciate masterworks as well as to interpret the meaning of the handicraft. WLO team was guided by Ms. Wang Ying Xiang, Director of the Museum, in a visit to more than twenty masters ranked at national, provincial and municipal levels. The area dedicated to masters’ studios built a platform to intensively demonstrate the charming of the masters, providing them public space to research, create and teach apprentices, and at the same time offering the audience a chance to have immediate communication with masters.

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Jan 1
1970

Encounter with leisure studies students of Zhejiang University introduction of the role of international organizations

On the 25 May 2017, Dr. Cristina Ortega Nuere, WLO COO, delivered a lecture at Zhejiang University (ZJU) on the work of World Leisure Organization and the wider framework of the role of international organizations in the current world. Dr. Ortega Nuere had been invited by Professor Jane Zhou and the presentation was followed by a discussion where over 25 in leisure students had the opportunity to interact and ask questions related to the topic.

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On the 25 May 2017, Dr. Cristina Ortega Nuere, WLO COO, delivered a lecture at Zhejiang University (ZJU) on the work of World Leisure Organization and the wider framework of the role of international organizations in the current world. Dr. Ortega Nuere had been invited by Professor Jane Zhou and the presentation was followed by a discussion where over 25 in leisure students had the opportunity to interact and ask questions related to the topic.

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Jan 1
1970

Approaching 2017 Hangzhou Third World Leisure Expo: Work meeting between WLO and WL Expo team

The Third World Leisure Expo will be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou from 20 October to 12 November 2017. A second preparatory meeting was held in Hangzhou between WLO Chief Operating Officer, Communication & Events Coordinator, and Programme Coordinator, and the WLO Expo team. Both parties are working in close collaboration to ensure a highly satisfying experience for the millions of national and international visitors.

Continue reading “Approaching 2017 Hangzhou Third World Leisure Expo: Work meeting between WLO and WL Expo team”

The Third World Leisure Expo will be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou from 20 October to 12 November 2017. A second preparatory meeting was held in Hangzhou between WLO Chief Operating Officer, Communication & Events Coordinator, and Programme Coordinator, and the WLO Expo team. Both parties are working in close collaboration to ensure a highly satisfying experience for the millions of national and international visitors.

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Jan 1
1970

Leisure talks at the Center for Leisure Studies, Chinese Academy of Art (Beijing)

WLO Chief Operating Officer, Communication & Events Coordinator, and Programme Coordinator visited the Center for Leisure Studies of the Chinese Academy of Art in Beijing. This was an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on the development of Leisure as a field of study in China. Dr. Cristina Ortega, WLO COO, declared: “We were very fortunate to be guided through the history and current state of the art of Chinese leisure culture research programs by Dr. Ma Huidi”.

Continue reading “Leisure talks at the Center for Leisure Studies, Chinese Academy of Art (Beijing)”

WLO Chief Operating Officer, Communication & Events Coordinator, and Programme Coordinator visited the Center for Leisure Studies of the Chinese Academy of Art in Beijing. This was an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on the development of Leisure as a field of study in China. Dr. Cristina Ortega, WLO COO, declared: “We were very fortunate to be guided through the history and current state of the art of Chinese leisure culture research programs by Dr. Ma Huidi”.

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Jan 1
1970

WLO brings leisure perspective into discussion in ENCATC’s 6th International Study Tour to the Emirates

World Leisure Organization (WLO) brought the leisure perspective into ENCATC’s 6th International Study Tour to the United Arab Emirates, which took participants to the cities of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai from 14 to 17 March. Cristina Ortega Nuere, Chief Academic and Operating Officer, and Mireia Iglesias, Communication & Events Officer from WLO led the session “Talks on the Leisure Culture in the Emirates”, which also counted on the participation of Nasif Kayed, Founder and CEO of The Arab Culturalist. With his inspiring and provocative speech, Mr. Kayed questioned the audience on several traditions and cultural matters in the UAE. This dynamic session was an excellent opportunity to know more about the Leisure Culture in the region, but also to exchange international perspectives on leisure.

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World Leisure Organization (WLO) brought the leisure perspective into ENCATC’s 6th International Study Tour to the United Arab Emirates, which took participants to the cities of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai from 14 to 17 March. Cristina Ortega Nuere, Chief Academic and Operating Officer, and Mireia Iglesias, Communication & Events Officer from WLO led the session “Talks on the Leisure Culture in the Emirates”, which also counted on the participation of Nasif Kayed, Founder and CEO of The Arab Culturalist. With his inspiring and provocative speech, Mr. Kayed questioned the audience on several traditions and cultural matters in the UAE. This dynamic session was an excellent opportunity to know more about the Leisure Culture in the region, but also to exchange international perspectives on leisure.

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Jan 1
1970

Meeting with Ms. Mary Xiao Yang, the Editor in Chief of Lingjie Culture Media

Ms. Mary Xiao Yang, the Editor in Chief of Lingjie Culture Media, publisher of the Leisure and Travel Magazine, visited Bilbao together with Helena Ma from IDEA Communication. After that first visit, WLO Chief Operating Officer, Communication & Events Coordinator, and Programme Coordinator met Ms. Yang in Beijing (China). This gathering represents a deeper opportunity to explore prospective ways of collaboration for the further development of already far-reaching communication potential of both Lingjie Culture Media and WLO.

Continue reading “Meeting with Ms. Mary Xiao Yang, the Editor in Chief of Lingjie Culture Media”

Ms. Mary Xiao Yang, the Editor in Chief of Lingjie Culture Media, publisher of the Leisure and Travel Magazine, visited Bilbao together with Helena Ma from IDEA Communication. After that first visit, WLO Chief Operating Officer, Communication & Events Coordinator, and Programme Coordinator met Ms. Yang in Beijing (China). This gathering represents a deeper opportunity to explore prospective ways of collaboration for the further development of already far-reaching communication potential of both Lingjie Culture Media and WLO.

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Jan 1
1970

World Leisure Organization – Innovation Prize 2017 – Call for Applications

See and download the Official Call here:

WORLD LEISURE ORGANIZATION 2017 INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION PRIZE

The 7th edition of the World Leisure International Innovation Prize seeks to recognize organizations that have implemented creative solutions which foster local, national or international leisure opportunities for the benefit and development of individuals and communities.

The originality, creativity, and innovation should be demonstrated related to process (vision, management and communications), resources (financial viability and human such as volunteers), partnerships and community involvement, outputs (program, events and amenities) and outcomes. Innovation may mean a new idea or it may mean finding creative solutions through leisure to existing problems and issues.

Leisure is considered in its broadest sense including culture, tourism, sports and recreation. Including different kind of initiatives related to: policies, management, education, research, children, youth, aging, wellbeing, access and inclusion, diversity, gender, health, events, digital leisure, nature, travel, etc.).

 

Applications criteria

The Prize is open to any public, voluntary, or private sector organization.

We welcome programmes, projects, services and policies that demonstrate, originality and creativity and have been operational for more than two years, showing an evidence of its long-term sustainability. The objectives of the project must be clearly stated providing examples that they have been met successfully. The project should contribute to promote social, cultural, economic, and environmental quality in the community. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that their project does not exist elsewhere but it could be potentially adapted to other situations.

Application submission and deadline

Applications can be submitted in either English or Chinese. The written statement (excluding applicant’s name and contact details) is limited to 1,500 words. Graphs and data tables illustrating the project are acceptable.

The statements must be received by WLO Secretariat by 12.00hrs Central European time (CET) 31st August 2017 and should be sent in Adobe PDF format to secretariat@worldleisure.org

Download full document for further information.

Prize Winners

Initiated in 2006 the World Leisure Organization has awarded projects all over the world offering them a unique opportunity to be recognized by a high international level audience, gaining prestigious position and promotion in the leisure field.

The 2017 Innovation Prize winner, furthermore and including the international promotion and recognition, will have the opportunity to present the project to a large international audience, at the World Leisure Expo in the city of Hangzhou, China. The World Leisure Expo previous edition in 2011 gathered over 15 million visitors from China, Asia and the World.

The winning organization representative will also receive the “George” trophy, in honor of George Torkildsen, a physical symbol/statue reflecting the unique social, cultural characteristics of the physical, cultural or social geography of Hangzhou.

Winning organization may also use the title “2017 World Leisure International Innovation Prize Winner” and the Innovation Prize logo in their future media information. Travel and accommodation will be fully funded to attend the 2017 World Leisure Expo.

Highly Commendable

World Leisure will recognize and award projects that are judged to be “Highly Commendable”.

Download full document for further information.

For further questions, please contact us at: secretariat@worldleisure.org

See and download the Official Call here:

WORLD LEISURE ORGANIZATION 2017 INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION PRIZE

The 7th edition of the World Leisure International Innovation Prize seeks to recognize organizations that have implemented creative solutions which foster local, national or international leisure opportunities for the benefit and development of individuals and communities.

The originality, creativity, and innovation should be demonstrated related to process (vision, management and communications), resources (financial viability and human such as volunteers), partnerships and community involvement, outputs (program, events and amenities) and outcomes. Innovation may mean a new idea or it may mean finding creative solutions through leisure to existing problems and issues.

Leisure is considered in its broadest sense including culture, tourism, sports and recreation. Including different kind of initiatives related to: policies, management, education, research, children, youth, aging, wellbeing, access and inclusion, diversity, gender, health, events, digital leisure, nature, travel, etc.).

 

Applications criteria

The Prize is open to any public, voluntary, or private sector organization.

We welcome programmes, projects, services and policies that demonstrate, originality and creativity and have been operational for more than two years, showing an evidence of its long-term sustainability. The objectives of the project must be clearly stated providing examples that they have been met successfully. The project should contribute to promote social, cultural, economic, and environmental quality in the community. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that their project does not exist elsewhere but it could be potentially adapted to other situations.

Application submission and deadline

Applications can be submitted in either English or Chinese. The written statement (excluding applicant’s name and contact details) is limited to 1,500 words. Graphs and data tables illustrating the project are acceptable.

The statements must be received by WLO Secretariat by 12.00hrs Central European time (CET) 31st August 2017 and should be sent in Adobe PDF format to secretariat@worldleisure.org

Download full document for further information.

Prize Winners

Initiated in 2006 the World Leisure Organization has awarded projects all over the world offering them a unique opportunity to be recognized by a high international level audience, gaining prestigious position and promotion in the leisure field.

The 2017 Innovation Prize winner, furthermore and including the international promotion and recognition, will have the opportunity to present the project to a large international audience, at the World Leisure Expo in the city of Hangzhou, China. The World Leisure Expo previous edition in 2011 gathered over 15 million visitors from China, Asia and the World.

The winning organization representative will also receive the “George” trophy, in honor of George Torkildsen, a physical symbol/statue reflecting the unique social, cultural characteristics of the physical, cultural or social geography of Hangzhou.

Winning organization may also use the title “2017 World Leisure International Innovation Prize Winner” and the Innovation Prize logo in their future media information. Travel and accommodation will be fully funded to attend the 2017 World Leisure Expo.

Highly Commendable

World Leisure will recognize and award projects that are judged to be “Highly Commendable”.

Download full document for further information.

For further questions, please contact us at: secretariat@worldleisure.org

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