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.