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The 7th edition of the World Leisure International Innovation Prize seeks to recognize organizations that have implemented creative solutions which foster local, national or international leisure opportunities for the benefit and development of individuals and communities.

The originality, creativity, and innovation should be demonstrated related to process (vision, management and communications), resources (financial viability and human such as volunteers), partnerships and community involvement, outputs (program, events and amenities) and outcomes. Innovation may mean a new idea or it may mean finding creative solutions through leisure to existing problems and issues.

Leisure is considered in its broadest sense including culture, tourism, sports and recreation. Including different kind of initiatives related to: policies, management, education, research, children, youth, aging, wellbeing, access and inclusion, diversity, gender, health, events, digital leisure, nature, travel, etc.).


Applications criteria

The Prize is open to any public, voluntary, or private sector organization.

We welcome programmes, projects, services and policies that demonstrate, originality and creativity and have been operational for more than two years, showing an evidence of its long-term sustainability. The objectives of the project must be clearly stated providing examples that they have been met successfully. The project should contribute to promote social, cultural, economic, and environmental quality in the community. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that their project does not exist elsewhere but it could be potentially adapted to other situations.

Application submission and deadline

Applications can be submitted in either English or Chinese. The written statement (excluding applicant’s name and contact details) is limited to 1,500 words. Graphs and data tables illustrating the project are acceptable.

The statements must be received by WLO Secretariat by 12.00hrs Central European time (CET) 31st August 2017 and should be sent in Adobe PDF format to

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Prize Winners

Initiated in 2006 the World Leisure Organization has awarded projects all over the world offering them a unique opportunity to be recognized by a high international level audience, gaining prestigious position and promotion in the leisure field.

The 2017 Innovation Prize winner, furthermore and including the international promotion and recognition, will have the opportunity to present the project to a large international audience, at the World Leisure Expo in the city of Hangzhou, China. The World Leisure Expo previous edition in 2011 gathered over 15 million visitors from China, Asia and the World.

The winning organization representative will also receive the “George” trophy, in honor of George Torkildsen, a physical symbol/statue reflecting the unique social, cultural characteristics of the physical, cultural or social geography of Hangzhou.

Winning organization may also use the title “2017 World Leisure International Innovation Prize Winner” and the Innovation Prize logo in their future media information. Travel and accommodation will be fully funded to attend the 2017 World Leisure Expo.

Highly Commendable

World Leisure will recognize and award projects that are judged to be “Highly Commendable”.

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