World Leisure Organization and Hanghzou Municipal Government have now agreed to strengthen the mutual cooperation and entered into an agreement to host the WL Expo every two years in the city of Hangzhou, China.

Dr. Roger Coles, WLO Chairman, Dr. Cristina Ortega, WLO COO and Mr. Jack Agrios, WL Legal Advisor, traveled and meet Mr. Xie Shuangcheng, Hangzhou Vice-mayor and representatives for the official signing ceremony of this agreement in the city of Hangzhou on 18th. May, and we are delighted to announce that based on the success of previous editions (2006, 2011 and 2017), the Fourth World Expo and Forum will be will be taking place every two years instead of every 5 years, as it was before, and to be hold in the city of Hangzhou as permanent WL Expo host. We must express our gratitude to Mr. Jack Agrios, for leading and guiding us through all the process with his professional advice.

During the signing ceremony Mr. Xie Shuangcheng, Vice-mayor of Hangzhou, highlighted the commitment of internationalization of the city, and the image linked to innovation, new economies like Alibaba, and digital economies. To be highlighted during the ceremony was the conversation held between the Vice-mayor of Hangzhou, Mr. Xie Shuangcheng, and WLO Chairman, Dr. Roger Coles about the future of the city and the WL Expo evolution in the coming years. The city of Hangzhou has demonstrated its potential and professional understanding to host major international events, as this was shown during the G-20 Summit in 2016, and the impressive infrastructure put in place for the occasion, where WL Expo takes places too.

The WL Expo & Forum is a series of exhibits, special events, festivals and training programs designed to showcase and demonstrate leisure’s potential to improve our quality of life.