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2010
September
Registration invited for world congress on parks, recreation and tourism
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     Members of the public and full-time students studying in local tertiary/ post-secondary institutions were invited today (September 28) to register for the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration (IFPRA) World Congress Hong Kong 2010 to be held in Hong Kong in mid-November this year.

     Participants will have the opportunity to interact with professionals and peers from around the word, and to learn about the latest trends and developments in the fields of leisure, recreation and tourism.
 
     The congress, jointly organised by the Leisure and Culture Services Department (LCSD) and the Hong Kong Recreation Management Association (HKRMA), will be structured around the theme "Quality Services - Parks, Recreation and Tourism". Three sub-themes, namely "sustainable development in parks, recreation and tourism"; "advances in technology and the development of parks, recreation and tourism", and "heritage preservation" will be discussed at the congress.

     Scheduled to be held at the Hong Kong City Hall between November 15 and 18, the congress will feature a balanced mix of keynote speeches, a series of parallel sessions, poster viewing, trade exhibitions and technical visits.

     Leading experts in different disciplines in the leisure, recreation and tourism fields from all over the world will gather at the congress, sharing their management experience and latest research findings on parks, recreation and tourism.

     Registration can be submitted on line through the congress’s dedicated website (www.ifpra2010.lcsd.gov.hk). Full-time students will enjoy a special registration fee of HK$50 per day. Members of the public who register on or before October 15 will enjoy a discounted registration fee of HK$1,200 per day (the registration fee of HK$1,450 per day will apply for registration after that date).

     The IFPRA is a renowned international non-profit-making organisation, comprising representatives from over 40 countries/regions who are professionals in the fields of parks, recreation, amenities, cultural and leisure services. Its aims and objectives cover the advancement of parks, recreation, cultural and leisure services through representation and dissemination of information, adoption of international training and qualification standards, promotion of research and establishment of national recreation and park associations.

     The IFPRA World Congress is held every three years in international cities around the world.  The last two world congresses were held in Hamamatsu, Japan, in 2004 and in Dublin, Ireland, in 2007. Hong Kong was the host city for the 1992 world congress. In between two consecutive IFPRA world congresses, an Asia Pacific Congress and a Europe Congress will be held respectively. 

     The International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration (IFPRA) World Congress Hong Kong 2010 is supported by government departments and organisations including the Architectural Services Department, Civil Engineering and Development Department, Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong Tourism Board and Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects.
    
     For details on the congress and registration information, please visit the dedicated website: www.ifpra2010.lcsd.gov.hk.

Ends/Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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