From the 18th to the 20th October 2019, in Hangzhou, China, the 4th WL Expo will take place, involving a series of exhibits, special events, festivals and training programs designed to showcase and demonstrate leisure’s potential to improve our quality of life. The main program of the WL Expo includes the WL Forum, an academic event gathering together top international experts to discuss on four different leisure topics. You can check the WL Forum’s program here.

Members of the World Leisure Youth Ambassadors program will also participate in the event, and the Leisure Experience Research Opportunity, as a new initiative developed by World Leisure Centers of Excellence (WLCEs) will provide a group of students with an opportunity to participate in an internationally oriented field research project aimed at characterizing tourism and leisure experiences in the host city Hangzhou. The approach will be explicitly a cross-cultural one, with an emphasis on the communalities and differences in experiences between local visitors and tourists from different continents and cultural backgrounds

The winner of the World Leisure Innovation Prize will be one more year awarded in Hangzhou, and representatives of the winning and highly commended projects will have the opportunity to present them to an international audience.

Finally, on the occasion of this major leisure events, a WLO Board of Directors face-to-face meeting will take place. Among other issues, the Board will concentrate on discussing about the new Strategic Plan, which will guide WLO’s action from 2020. Working committed composed of Board members will also meet to discuss on specific working areas such as communication, membership or educational services, just to mention some.