A call for applications to become a World Leisure Community of Excellence is open now and until the 1 July 2018. This designation is bestowed by the WLO, for a three-year period, upon communities of any size that have undertaken broad-based citizen involvement to promote leisure as integral to the social, cultural, economic, and sustainable environmental development of the community.

In addition to gaining global recognition as leading communities in the leisure field, WL Communities of Excellence have the opportunity to showcase their achievements at the international level, as well as to share their innovative programs and strategies within an international network of leisure communities. The City of Richmond (Canada) and Jingde County (China) were designed as WL Communities of Excellence in 2017.

As an example of the showcasing and networking opportunities offered by this WLO program, Richmond had the chance to present itself as a case study in front of an international audience at the Third World Leisure Forum (Hangzhou, China, 20-21 October), as well as to future leisure managers from World Leisure Centers of Excellence NHTV Breda (the Netherlands) and Vancouver Island University (VIU, Canada).