World Leisure Congress 2028 – Bid document

The World Leisure Organization is pleased to extend to you and your community an exciting opportunity to host the 2028 World Leisure Congress. This international event draws individuals from throughout the world into a dynamic scenery wherein leisure and its influence on social, cultural and economic development can be explored. The World Leisure Congress is an event that can highlight an entire community and its commitment to enhancing quality of life through leisure.

The World Leisure Organization is committed to advancing scientific knowledge and best practice related to leisure through its biennial World Leisure Congress. The event has been staged in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. Latest editions, in the city of Sao Paulo (2018) and Pinggu/Beijing (2021), this last one in a hybrid format, hosted more than a thousand participants). The upcoming World Leisure Congresses will take place in Dunedin (2023) and in Breda/Rotterdam (2025). The World Leisure Organization encourages communities to partner with professional associations, government agencies and universities to plan, organize and promote the event.

Key dates:

May, 2022- Issue of Bid Documents for WL Congress 2026 (Request for Proposal)

Autumn, 2022 – Candidate Meeting (if necessary)

February 28th, 2023 -Closing of “Intention to Bid”

April 31st, 2023 – Submission of Candidate Files

August 31st, 2023 -Report of the Evaluation Commission (this date may be subject to change)

Autumn 2023 – Board Meeting and Decision (these dates may be subject to change)