The annual Leisure Studies Association Conference, organised by the University’s Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR), focused on ‘Leisure Experiences: Participating, Planning, Providing’.
Over 100 academics from across the world, including delegates from Latvia, Taiwan, Australia and Israel, attended the event presenting to colleagues and peers a broad range of topics, including hot spring tourism and heritage cities.
Dr Ian Wellard, Associate Director of SPEAR, said: “The whole event was a huge success, not only in terms of a stimulating academic conference but also as an extremely enjoyable experience for visitors to the University and Canterbury. The conference will also have a longer lasting impact in that a series of edited volumes containing papers presented will be published.”
Professor Jan Druker, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University, Colin Carmichael, Chief Executive of Canterbury City Council and Professor Scott Fleming, Chair of the Leisure Studies Association attended the event.