News and Announcements

Visiting Scholars 2019 - 2020

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on October 5, 2019 - 8:15am

WLCE Visiting Scholar Program is designed to bring local and international leaders to VIU to engage with students, faculty, and the Vancouver Island region. The purpose of this engagement is to enrich the student experience, to share research and professional experiences, and to explore possibilities for future collaborations. 
WLCE is pleased to welcome the following Visiting Scholars for the 2019 - 2020 Academic Year. 

New learning partnership agreement between VIU and Tourism Vancouver Island

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on October 2, 2019 - 9:12am

On Wednesday, September 25th, representatives from each organization came together in front of approximately 50 VIU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff of the Faculty of Management, Department of Recreation and Tourism, to sign a formal learning partnership agreement.

Visitors from the Center for Tourism Research - Wakayama University

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on October 1, 2019 - 9:39am

Last week, VIU WLCE received the visit of the Associate Professor Eiji Ito, Deputy Director of the Center for Tourism Research from Wakayama University, along with the Executive Officer of the Center, Ms. Kazue Nakamoto, and the Associate Professor Tsuyoshi Kigawa. The group came to VIU to learn more about our Tourism Programs and to explore opportunities for future collaborations between VIU WLCE and their Center for Tourism Research. 

Tourism Vancouver Island 56th Annual Conference & AGM

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on September 18, 2019 - 1:18pm

Great opportunity to join Tourism Industry professionals at the 56th Annual Tourism Vancouver Island Conference & Annual General Meeting that will be happening in Nanaimo on October 8 - 10th at the Coast Bastion Hotel.

For more information about the conference, including the program and registration, please visit:

Welcome to the MASLM New Cohort

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on September 11, 2019 - 1:24pm
VIU WLCE is pleased to welcome the new cohort of students of the Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management.

During the Welcome Week, new students had the opportunity to get to know each other, meet faculty, interact with thesis cohort students, be introduced to the learning environment and expectations of the MASLM, and learn more about VIU and the Nanaimo region.

Welcome, everyone!! WLCE team wishes you all much success in your studies!

Thesis Presentation: Nobeia Zhang

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on August 22, 2019 - 12:31pm

Thesis Title: Winter tourism experiences and Chinese visitors to the Yukon Territory, Canada: Implications for sustainable tourism development

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, in conjunction with our World Leisure Centre of Excellence, is pleased to introduce Xinhui (Nobeia) Zhang, Graduate Student in progress, who will be presenting her research and thesis.

Grandkids University 2019 - Adventure for Living

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on July 5, 2019 - 3:50pm

Adventure for Living

The Recreation and Tourism Management Department, with the support of VIU Outdoor Recreation and WLCE, joined the 2019 GrandKids University. The facilitators Amanda Johnson, Vanessa Moraes, Matt Kellow, and Farhad Moghimehfar conducted the activities of the 'Major' Adventure for Living in a very fun and informative way.