Putting Leisure on the Map

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on December 10, 2019 - 6:30pm

The 10th anniversary of VIU's World Center for Leisure Excellence was celebrated on November 29, with a special edition of PechaKucha Nanaimo with the theme "Putting Leisure on the Map". The event was held at Vancouver Island University and brought together VIU representatives, faculty members, visiting scholars, students, alumni, and community members on an evening filled with fun and inspiring stories related to leisure research and practice.

IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism - Jan 2020

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on December 10, 2019 - 2:35pm

The third Annual IMPACT Sustainability Travel and Tourism Conference will once again bring together stakeholders from the tourism industry to Victoria, to engage in dialogue and discussions on innovation and the contributions of tourism to Canada's sustainable future.

When: January 19 - 22, 2020.

Where: Victoria Conference Centre - Victoria, BC

For more information and registration, please visit:

Thesis Presentation: Claire Qianying Lei

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on December 4, 2019 - 8:41am

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, in conjunction with our World Leisure Centre of Excellence is pleased to introduce Claire Qianying Lei, Graduate Student in progress, who will be presenting her research and thesis.

The purpose of this research is to understand the effect of smart tourism on art centres increasing visitations. To understand this, 300 surveys were developed and distributed to the Lipont Art Centre in order to collect the data. 

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Presentation: 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Engaging Indigenous Youth in Tourism

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on November 26, 2019 - 9:08pm

As part of her Indigenous Tourism course last year, Chyanne Trenholm made the decision to create a video on the opportunities and roles available in tourism for Indigenous youth. Trenholm is an Indigenous 4th-year student from Homalco First Nation in Campbell River, BC, studying Tourism Management at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

WLCE Visiting Scholar Program - Dr. Bricker's Experience at VIU and Call for Applications

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on November 20, 2019 - 2:04pm

On November 8, the MA SLM cohort said goodbye to the first visiting scholar of the semester, Dr. Kelly Bricker, Professor and Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah. Dr. Bricker is specialized in sustainable tourism and protected areas management and has research and teaching interests in ecotourism, sense of place, community development, natural resources management, value of nature-based experiences, and the impacts of tourism.

Leisure Experience Research and 2019 World Leisure Forum

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on November 17, 2019 - 1:55pm

Our graduate student Chinny Lee shared with us her experiences participating in the Leisure Experience Research Opportunity, in Hangzhou, in October. The programme was offered by the World Leisure Organization and the WLCE Network, and it was integrated into the 4th World Leisure Expo and Forum.