As part of the May trip to China, a WLO delegation formed by WLO Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Cristina Ortega and Events, and Communications Coordinator, Mireia Iglesias, met the WL Expo Office in Hangzhou on the 14th May. This meeting was entirely devoted to the organization of the 4th WL Expo and Forum (18-20th October 2019, Hangzhou, China). This event is guided by Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government, and hosted by Hangzhou Municipal People’s Government and the WLO. As a novelty, new players have entered the local team in the role of organizers: Hangzhou Bureau of Commerce and Hangzhou Commerce and Tourism Group.

The local team provided WLO team with an overall state of the art of the event’s organization, with regard to its thematic focus  “Leisure City, Better Life”, programming and organizational aspects. Both teams discussed on more intense and collaborative ways of cooperation in the upcoming months, until the celebration of the WL Expo. High level speakers will be invited to take part in the Expo and the Forum, from the academic sphere, but also representatives of cities developing ground-breaking approaches to leisure and making innovative leisure policies. A joint committee will be formed between the WL Expo Office and the WLO, for better coordinated work and enhanced communication and marketing joint efforts.

We are also pleased to announce the topics of the WL Forum. The general theme will be “Leisure city, better life”, and there will be four parallel forums exploring the following topics: Leisure and Rural Revitalization; Leisure and Sports; Leisure and the integration of Culture and Tourism, and Leisure and Industry Transformation.