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World Leisure invites entries for 2019 International Innovation Prize

World Leisure invites entries for 2019 International Innovation Prize
February 28, 2019

The World Leisure Organization (WLO) has opened a call for entries to the eighth edition of the World Leisure International Innovation Prize.

The Prize seeks to recognise organisations 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.

World Leisure considers ‘leisure’ in its broadest sense including culture, tourism, sports and recreation and different kind of initiatives related to: policies, management, education, research, children, youth, ageing, wellbeing, access and inclusion, diversity, gender, health, events, digital leisure, nature and tourism.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate that their project does not exist elsewhere but it could be potentially adapted to other situations.

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 level international audience, gaining prestigious position and promotion in the international leisure field.

The 2019 International Innovation Prize winner will be promoted at the different WLO international communication and publication channels, including the WL Affiliate Members network, with the winner invited to present the project at the 4th World Leisure Expo and Forum in the city of Hangzhou, China, in October 2019.

The World Leisure Expo & Forum previous editions in 2011 and 2017 gathered over 15 million visitors from China, Asia and the world.

The opportunities and benefits of winning the 2019 International Innovation Prize include:

• The winning organization’s representative will be given the opportunity to present and showcase their project to the World Leisure Expo and Forum delegates as part of the program.
• Winning organisations may also use the title ‘2019 World Leisure International Innovation Prize Winner’ and the Innovation Prize logo in their media information and materials.
• One representative of the winning organisation will be funded to attend the 4th World Leisure Expo and Forum in Hangzhou, China, to receive the Prize. 

The winner also receives the ‘George trophy, a physical symbol/statue reflecting the unique social, cultural characteristics of the physical, cultural or social geography of the location of the WL Expo and Forum where the prize is presented.

The ‘George’ is named to recognise the late Dr George Torkildsen (1934-2005) who was the first Prize Committee Chair and past Chair of the World Leisure Board of Directors.

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Images: Hangzhou's SongCheng attraction (top) and the late Dr George Torkildsen (below).

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