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Affiliated Organizations

Academy of Leisure Sciences (ALS)

The Academy of Leisure Sciences (ALS) was founded in 1980 with its central purpose as the intellectual advancement of leisure sciences. This purpose was carried out by recognizing outstanding scholars elected as Fellows within the Academy, establishing meetings and activities to exchange ideas and advance the intellectual understanding of leisure, and to promote research and the scholarly study of leisure among individuals who demonstrated interest, potential, and competence. 

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Australian and New Zealand Association for leisure Studies (ANZALS)

ANZALS is the major disciplinary association in Australasia for promoting the further development of research, teaching and scholarship in the study of leisure (including sport, tourism, events, arts, play and recreation).

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Conference of the Youth and Sports Ministers of French-speaking Countries (CONFEJES)

The vital mission of the CONFEGES is to sensitize countries, resources and energies in view of creating dialogue in order to promote sustainable development, participation and the involvement of young people within the society. The CONFEGES also aims at favouring and promoting the establishment of environments conducive to youth participation, social, economic and professional integration in the French-speaking world.

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International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)

The main purpose of the Council is to serve as an international "umbrella" organisation concerned with the promotion and dissemination of results and findings in the field of sport science and their practical application in cultural and educational contexts.

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International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO - OITS)

The International Social Tourism Organization is an international non-profit association, whose aim is to promote access to tourism for all, and more particularly for low-income population groups. With its worldwide network of members, ISTO is nowadays considered the true world organization of social tourism. ISTO members include associations, trade unions, cooperatives, private organizations, as well as public authorities in charge of tourism.

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Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA)

LARASA is committed to providing recreation professionals and practitioners, an environment conducive to continuous learning and development. As an advocacy group, its role is to encourage the development of new strategies to reposition recreation and leisure within the public service to transform the environment to meet the leisure time needs of all.  To achieve the numerous benefits of recreation and leisure services, LARASA will assist in creating the awareness of the public on the essential nature of parks and recreation.  To achieve our objectives in transforming lives and spaces, LARASA will form cooperative partnerships with related stakeholders. Through learning opportunities, research, and creative repositioning campaigns and strategies, LARASA will endeavor to generate public support for the association 

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Red Ociogune

The ‘Red Ociogune’ is an open, conciliatory body, originated in the Spanish university context. It gathers seven prestigious research groups supported by their career within the study of leisure and similar issues.

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OTIUM, the Leisure Studies Latin American Association, is a legal body made up of ten universities from eight countries dedicated to develop research actions, innovation and training and to disseminate  Leisure Studies and similar topics (free time, culture, tourism, sport and recreation).

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World Tourism Orgnization (UNWTO)

The World Tourism Organization is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development.

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We Foster Inquiry

Research and scholarship to discover the personal and social potentialities of leisure experiences.

We Engage in Informed Advocacy

By advocating for conditions optimizing leisure experiences: legislation, infastructure, leadership and programming.