Category: WLO News-Insides

Jan 1
1970

WLO Treasurer and WLO COO discuss on leisure as a driving force for city development in a seminar at the University of Otago

The seminar “Leisure transforming old European industrial cities: case studies of Manchester and Bilbao” took place at the Department of Tourism of the University of Otago, in Dunedin (New Zealand), on the 12 October. Yvonne Klerks, WLO Treasurer and lecturer at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Academy for Leisure, and Dr. Cristina Ortega, WLO Chief Operating Officer, ran this two part, 90 minute seminar, which started with a brief introduction about the industrial era in Europe, and then focused on two study cases that illustrate the role of leisure in a city’s transformation: Manchester (UK) and Bilbao (Spain).

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The seminar “Leisure transforming old European industrial cities: case studies of Manchester and Bilbao” took place at the Department of Tourism of the University of Otago, in Dunedin (New Zealand), on the 12 October. Yvonne Klerks, WLO Treasurer and lecturer at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Academy for Leisure, and Dr. Cristina Ortega, WLO Chief Operating Officer, ran this two part, 90 minute seminar, which started with a brief introduction about the industrial era in Europe, and then focused on two study cases that illustrate the role of leisure in a city’s transformation: Manchester (UK) and Bilbao (Spain).

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Jan 1
1970

Representatives of WLO visit Zhejiang University

On the 21 October, right after the closing of the Third World Leisure Forum, WLO representatives were offered a guided tour through the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University. After a visit to the University History Museum, the group was welcome by Prof. Li Min, director of the International Relations Office. Then, Prof. Roger Coles, WLO Chairman, introduce the work of the network, followed by an introduction to Zheijang University’s College of Education research on Sports, Health and Leisure, delivered by Lijun Jane Zhou, Associate Dean at the College and also a WLO Board Member.

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On the 21 October, right after the closing of the Third World Leisure Forum, WLO representatives were offered a guided tour through the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University. After a visit to the University History Museum, the group was welcome by Prof. Li Min, director of the International Relations Office. Then, Prof. Roger Coles, WLO Chairman, introduce the work of the network, followed by an introduction to Zheijang University’s College of Education research on Sports, Health and Leisure, delivered by Lijun Jane Zhou, Associate Dean at the College and also a WLO Board Member.

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Jan 1
1970

WLO Board Members participate in Sports, Leisure & Tourism Festival and Summit in Wuyi (Zhejiang, China)

The 6th Sports Leisure Tourism Festival and the Sport & Leisure Development International Summit 2017 combined academic discussion on leisure with the opportunity to enjoy some local cultural and leisure expressions. The Festival and the Summit, which took place in Wiyu County, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, counted with the participation of several WLO Board of Directors members, who were invited by Lijun Jane Zhou, Associate Dean at the College of Education, Zhejiang University, and also a WLO Board Member.

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The 6th Sports Leisure Tourism Festival and the Sport & Leisure Development International Summit 2017 combined academic discussion on leisure with the opportunity to enjoy some local cultural and leisure expressions. The Festival and the Summit, which took place in Wiyu County, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, counted with the participation of several WLO Board of Directors members, who were invited by Lijun Jane Zhou, Associate Dean at the College of Education, Zhejiang University, and also a WLO Board Member.

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Jan 1
1970

WLO’s COO meets representatives of leisure destination Lake Garda (Italy)

Cristina Ortega, WLO’s Chief Operating Officer, attended the Cultural Awards ceremony that took place at Il Vitoriale degli Italiani, the museum‐home of Gabriele d’Ánnunzio in Gardone Riviera, on the Brescia shores of Lake Garda, Lombardia, Italy, on the 16 September, where she had the chance to meet its President, Giordano Bruno Guerri. The venue comprises a group of buildings, roads, squares, an outdoor theatre, gardens and streams that make it a unique place.

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Cristina Ortega, WLO’s Chief Operating Officer, attended the Cultural Awards ceremony that took place at Il Vitoriale degli Italiani, the museum‐home of Gabriele d’Ánnunzio in Gardone Riviera, on the Brescia shores of Lake Garda, Lombardia, Italy, on the 16 September, where she had the chance to meet its President, Giordano Bruno Guerri. The venue comprises a group of buildings, roads, squares, an outdoor theatre, gardens and streams that make it a unique place.

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Jan 1
1970

China-Hungary international cooperation in the field of Leisure fostered by two WLO Board Members

Dr. Miklos Banhidi (Széchenyi István University), WLO Board of Directors member, did a teaching and research stay at Zhejiang University, from the 10 to the 29 July, invited by another WLO Board member, Dr. Jane Zhou.

Among many other activities, Dr. Banhidi offered a summer course of thee weeks at the end of which students were able to: give a detailed description on a professional sports manager’s position, write a CV to apply to a professional sports club, and successfully complete a test with several questions. Parallel to this teaching activity, Dr. Banhidi had the opportunity to join Dr. Zhou’s research team and assist her in her work as an advisor for cities in the province to develop their leisure and tourism. More specifically, he accompanied her in a visit to Quingyuan County to analyze the local conditions and plans by the communities.

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Dr. Miklos Banhidi (Széchenyi István University), WLO Board of Directors member, did a teaching and research stay at Zhejiang University, from the 10 to the 29 July, invited by another WLO Board member, Dr. Jane Zhou.

Among many other activities, Dr. Banhidi offered a summer course of thee weeks at the end of which students were able to: give a detailed description on a professional sports manager’s position, write a CV to apply to a professional sports club, and successfully complete a test with several questions. Parallel to this teaching activity, Dr. Banhidi had the opportunity to join Dr. Zhou’s research team and assist her in her work as an advisor for cities in the province to develop their leisure and tourism. More specifically, he accompanied her in a visit to Quingyuan County to analyze the local conditions and plans by the communities.

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Jan 1
1970

WLO and Routledge, Taylor & Francis work on increased membership benefits

WLO’s COO, Cristina Ortega Nuere, met in London Alejandra Leach-Núñez, Managing Editor for World Leisure Journal (WLJ) at Routledge, Taylor & Francis, to reinforce the joint work and coordination between the two entities. Discussions focused around the WLO’s preparations for the 2018 WL Congress in São Paulo, as well as plans for marking the journal’s historic 60th anniversary, with delegates invited to a celebratory event to be held in Brazil, as well as the establishment of an inaugural WLJ best article or young researcher prize. As part of the anniversary celebrations, prospective WLO members can look forward to sampler free access to WLO content, while existing members will see their benefits increased through the renewed publishing partnership, with free access being granted to additional Taylor & Francis journals.

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WLO’s COO, Cristina Ortega Nuere, met in London Alejandra Leach-Núñez, Managing Editor for World Leisure Journal (WLJ) at Routledge, Taylor & Francis, to reinforce the joint work and coordination between the two entities. Discussions focused around the WLO’s preparations for the 2018 WL Congress in São Paulo, as well as plans for marking the journal’s historic 60th anniversary, with delegates invited to a celebratory event to be held in Brazil, as well as the establishment of an inaugural WLJ best article or young researcher prize. As part of the anniversary celebrations, prospective WLO members can look forward to sampler free access to WLO content, while existing members will see their benefits increased through the renewed publishing partnership, with free access being granted to additional Taylor & Francis journals.

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Jan 1
1970

1st China Leisure Congress paves the way for Pinggu 2020 WL Congress

The 1st China (Beijing) Leisure Congress was hosted from the 22 to the 24 September 2017 and counted with the participation of the Chairman of the WLO Board of Directors, Roger Coles, member of WLO Board of Directors Lawal Marafa and Jack Agrios, who delivered keynote speeches. At the Congress, there were about 400 participants from all walks of life at the Pinggu District. The Congress and the presentations were structured with a main forum immediately after the opening ceremony and three parallel sessions with more than 150 participants at each session. The theme of the Congress was “Leisure makes life better”, appropriately so. There were subthemes for the parallel sessions included “Leisure City Development in China”, “Integration and Development of Leisure Industry” and “Era of All-people Leisure”.

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The 1st China (Beijing) Leisure Congress was hosted from the 22 to the 24 September 2017 and counted with the participation of the Chairman of the WLO Board of Directors, Roger Coles, member of WLO Board of Directors Lawal Marafa and Jack Agrios, who delivered keynote speeches. At the Congress, there were about 400 participants from all walks of life at the Pinggu District. The Congress and the presentations were structured with a main forum immediately after the opening ceremony and three parallel sessions with more than 150 participants at each session. The theme of the Congress was “Leisure makes life better”, appropriately so. There were subthemes for the parallel sessions included “Leisure City Development in China”, “Integration and Development of Leisure Industry” and “Era of All-people Leisure”.

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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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