The Congress brings together leisure professionals from academia, government and industry to promote informative, stimulating and challenging discussion on the latest issues in leisure.
The theme of the Congress is ‘Leisure: Learn well, live well. As the world continues to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on well-being leisure in our lives is of crucial importance to help us learn and live well. It is within this context that “Learn Well” reflects how we learn through leisure and the strong education focus in Dunedin, which is home to one of the world’s leading universities’. “Live Well” reflects how leisure contributes to individual and community wellbeing at local, regional, and international levels.
Together, these components of the Congress theme speak to the relevance and application of academic leisure theory and research to the practice of living well, and refer to academic, industry and practitioners alike. Leisure encompasses tourism, sport, recreation (active and passive, indoor and outdoor), hospitality and events.
As such, the Congress is ideally situated as we hopefully emerge from the worst of the pandemic, to examine how leisure can help us in moments of crises and in constructing a new, sustainable norm.