ESPA Newsletter March 2014
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• June 2014
ESPA 
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 Editorial
 
After the European Parliament elections last month the question is now how will the composition of the Parliamentary Committees look like and who will be the new President as well as the Commissioners of the EU Commission.

While the European institutions are in the process of modification, ESPA came back from its annual congress 2014 in Vejle where we reflected the last year and discussed the coming. We are looking forward to develop further our most recent initiatives Balneotherapy Research and ESPA Innovation Awards, to gain further experiences with EU funded projects and to expand our collaborations with other stakeholders.

I hope you enjoy reading the June issue of the ESPA e-newsletter.

Yours,
Martin Plachý,
President
 
News | The Association
 
Post-congress news

POST-CONGRESS NEWS

During the 19th annual ESPA Congress in Vejle (DK) from 20th – 23rd of May 2014, more than 100 delegates from 20 different European countries came together for an exchange of expertise, networking opportunities, participation in different workshops, as well as to hear more about the latest and future trends. ESPA Denmark and VisitVejle were very happy to welcome the European spas and health resorts community for this event. The ESPA congress was supported also from the President of the Danish Parliamentary Health Committee, Karen Klint and the local municipalities Vejle and Hedensted.

Summary of the workshops »
1st ESPA Innovation Awards – And the Winner is… 1ST ESPA INNOVATION AWARDS – AND THE WINNER IS…

On Thursday, May 22, in Vejle (Denmark) over 100 European Spas & Health Tourism professionals from 20 countries, gathered to celebrate Innovation.
The ESPA Innovation Awards reflect ESPA's aim “to stimulate exchange of experience, best practice and know-how”. It is made for destinations, facilities or initiatives that represent “innovation” in the true sense of the word; that is, the development of a new, more creative or more effective approach to any aspect of spas and health resorts management, operations or marketing.
Sponsored by the Czech Tourist Authority and the FCB Worldwide Inc., the Winners of the 1st ESPA Innovation Awards edition were presented during the ESPA Annual Congress Dinner Gala.

Please visit our website for further information about the Winners and pictures »
WEBINAR ON EU-FUNDING POSSIBILITIES

On 6 May 2014 from 10.30 to 12.00 (CET), the European Spas Association hosted its first Webinar.
As we have entered the new period of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the funding programmes for the coming years 2014-2020, the Webinar focused on EU funding possibilities for European Spas and Health Resorts. Thank you for joining us online!
No worries if you missed it, in the members area in the folder events you can find the recordings of the session.

Webinar Programme and Speakers »
Members Area »
Thalassotherapy in the North: international working group established THALASSOTHERAPY IN THE NORTH: INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED

For several years now, the ESPA members from Denmark and the Netherlands, accompanied by ESPA, discuss the need to implement a product which combines the healthy climate of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea as well as the healing power of the sea whereupon pleasure and Thalassotherapy are professionally linked. The aim is to promote healing and regeneration for a wide variety of diseases by classical Thalasso treatments with the active ingredients of the sea.

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ESPA PRESENTS AT INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF INNOVATIONS ESPA PRESENTS AT INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF INNOVATIONS

On 27 and 28 May 2014, in Rzeszów, Poland, the 5th edition of the international Forum of Innovations was held. The agenda of this year’s Forum of Innovations was related to broadly understood tourism. The events gathered almost one thousand guests, representatives of the tourist industry, local government units and associations, as well as college facilities, experts, specialists and representatives of many Polish and international institutions.
The discussion panel: Spa tourism: from tradition to modernity dedicated to innovations in health resort tourism and spa and wellness services. The European Spas Association was represented by the Polish Vice-president of ESPA, Mr Wojciech Fulek.

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logoespa.jpg ESPA SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH TOURISM IN SPA TOWNS IN THE NETHERLANDS

In the Netherlands – one of ESPA’s members countries - there is a strong interest for some time now to develop health tourism offers for tourists from all over Europe. ESPA emphasises that the necessary quality is considered, which is reflected on the attitude of the persons in charge in the Netherlands. Therefore ESPA is happy to support this very good development. During previous congresses - especially in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania - Criteria for Thalassotherapy were developed. German experts were leading the discussions and the decision about the “Declaration of Usedom” for quality in spa and health resorts as well as health tourism. The reports for air, water, etc. are available.
The work in Cadzand as well as Domburg is based on these criteria and it will be very interesting to monitor the development in the two seaside resorts.
 
 News | ESPA Members
 
Latvia BULGARIA
1st Annual Congress of the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism

In the period of 28-29th of May 2014, in the city of Hisar, Bulgaria was held the 1st Annual Congress of the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism.
A special guest of the Congress was the Secretary General of UNWTO - Mr Taleb Rifai and the Director for Europe - Mrs Isabela Garana. A special guest and a speaker from ESPA was Mrs Jurgita Kazlaskiene – Vice president.The Congress was supported by the Ministry of Economy and Energy and the Municipality of Hisar.

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GERMANY
How healthy is Germany?

The German citizens fear that the healthcare system will be worse in the future. This is due to the rapidly rising costs in the health system due to demographic changes. The President of the German Spa Association (DHV), Ernst Hinsken, calls the federal government for action.
"The German Spa Association and its partner organisations take these fears of the population seriously. The German population must be able to rely on a functioning health system in the future.” Therefore, he asks the grand coalition to adopt the announced law on prevention this year. The economic benefits that could be achieved through the preservation and promotion of individual health would reduce the immense costs in the health system in the future multiple times.
ITALY
Opening Spa 2014

Open Spas 2014…together in the net, is the topic chosen for the cycle of events belonging to Open Spas that will be realised during the year 2014 (from April to October). They were introduced in 2009 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Federterme Constitution, occurred in 1919.

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 News | European Union
 
THE WORK PLAN HEALTH FOR GROWTH PROGRAMME (2014-2020) AND CALLS PUBLISHED THE HEALTH FOR GROWTH WORK PLAN AND CALLS ARE PUBLISHED

Call for Proposals for Projects 2014
This call is constituted of 7 individual topics in the areas of chronic diseases, ageing, medicinal product pricing, health monitoring and healthcare associated infections.

PJ-01-2014 Innovation to prevent and manage chronic diseases
PJ-02-2014 Early diagnosis and screening of chronic diseases
PJ-03-2014 Professional reintegration of people with chronic disease
PJ-04-2014 Adherence, frailty, integrated care and multi-chronic conditions
PJ-05-2014 Statistical data for medicinal product pricing
PJ-06-2014 Health monitoring and reporting system
PJ-07-2014 Healthcare associated infection in long-term care

Deadline for online submission of the proposals is the 25th September 2014.
Source: European Commission 2014

All calls for proposals for project grants and operating grants can be found here »
InfoDay on the implementation of the 3rd Health Programme calls in 2014, 10 June 2014. INFO DAY ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 3RD HEALTH PROGRAMME CALLS IN 2014
On Tuesday, 10 June 2014, the European Commission hosted an InfoDay on the implementaton of the 3rd Health Programme calls 2014. During the event many useful information were given and the implementation process with regard to new online application processes etc was clarified. For further information please have a look at the presentations which are available under the following link.

Info Day presentations »
THE 2014 EU SUMMIT ON CHRONIC DISEASES THE 2014 EU SUMMIT ON CHRONIC DISEASES

<< The 2014 EU Summit on chronic diseases from 3-4 April 2014, in Brussels, addressed the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases in the EU. Key policy makers, stakeholders and interest groups explored ways to develop policy recommendations for action clarifying on how the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases should be tackled in the European Union now and in the years to come.
The Chronic Diseases Summit calls for a coalition involving all relevant sectors across society, patients and citizens, to address chronic diseases. By acting together, the needed reinforcement of resources and efforts is possible.>>
Source: European Commission 2014

Presentations and further information »
Conference conclusions »
GLOBAL HEALTH POLICY FORUM GLOBAL HEALTH POLICY FORUM

<< The European Commission is organising five Global Health Policy Fora in 2014. The events will bring together Commission DGs, the European External Action Service, the Member States, third country representatives, non-government organizations, industry representatives, as well as representatives of international organizations to exchange views on various topics in global health and maximize synergies between the different actors.>> The latest forum focused on Global Health Research and was held on 12 June 2014 in Brussels.
Source: European Commission June 2014

Related documents can be found here »
EUROPEAN PATIENTS' RIGHTS DAY: 10 BENEFITS THE EU BRINGS TO PATIENTS EUROPEAN PATIENTS' RIGHTS DAY: 10 BENEFITS THE EU BRINGS TO PATIENTS

On the occation of the European patients' rights day, the EU Commission summarised the 10 benefits of being a patient in the EU:
1) To receive healthcare when visiting another EU country
2) To be reimbursed for healthcare sought in another EU country
3) To receive information on safety and quality standards in EU countries
4) To be treated by qualified healthcare professionals
5) To get a copy of your medical records
6) To have your prescription recognised in all EU Countries
7) To be treated with safe and effective medicines
8) To be able to report suspected side effects of medicines
9) To be treated with safe medical devices
10) To benefit from common high standards of quality for blood, organs, tissues and cells
Source: MEMO EU Commission Brussels, 12 May 2014

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MORE FLEXIBLE VISA RULES WILL BOOST GROWTH AND JOBS MORE FLEXIBLE VISA RULES WILL BOOST GROWTH AND JOBS

<< 6.6 million potential travellers from six of the countries with the most travellers were 'lost' due to cumbersome visa procedures! The proposals presented on 1st of April 2014 will seriously shorten and simplify the procedures for those wanting to come to the EU for short stays, and induce more cost savings and less bureaucracy, whilst maintaining the level of security. Making the access to the Schengen area easier for legitimate travellers will facilitate visiting friends and relatives and doing business. It will boost economic activity and job creation in, for instance, the tourism sector as well as in related activities such as restaurant and transport industries.>>
The tourism industry welcomed the presented proposal to keep Europe as the world number one tourist destination and to help cutting red tape. Now we wait for a smooth adoption through the European Parliament and the Council.
Source: European Commission April 2014

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INFO DAY EU FUNDING DG TOURISM INFO DAY EU FUNDING DG TOURISM

On 20 March 2014 the EU Commission's Tourism unit hosted an info day in Brussels, which focused on the most important EU programmes for the tourism sector and found answers around practical questions such as: who can apply; how to apply…
The covered programmes included: COSME, European Regional Development fund, European Agriculture and Rural Development Fund, Creative Europe Programme.
Source: European Commission 2014

Presentations and further information »
WORKSHOP ON IT TOOLS FOR TOURISM WORKSHOP ON IT TOOLS FOR TOURISM

The objective of the Workshop on ICT for Tourism, which took place on 21 March 2014 in Brussels, was to discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by the technological progress for the tourism small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Presentations and further information »

A Tourism-IT portal has been developed as part of the European Commission's activities to boost competitiveness of the tourism SMEs in general and their uptake of ICT in particular. It will provide a one-stop-shop with ICT tools and information packages for setting-up, managing and promoting tourism businesses.
Source: European Commission 2014
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MIND THE ACCESSIBILITY GAP! RETHINKING ACCESSIBLE TOURISM IN EUROPE MIND THE ACCESSIBILITY GAP! RETHINKING ACCESSIBLE TOURISM IN EUROPE

On 6 June 2014 accessible tourism in Europe was discussed in Brussles. << The conference presented the economic potential of accessible tourism, the choices and preferences of people with special needs, the state of the current supply of accessible tourism services, the skills and training needed.
Making tourism more accessible is a social responsibility, but also a compelling business.>>
Source: European Commission 2014

Presentations and further information >> »
EU MACRO-REGIONAL STRATEGIES EU MACRO-REGIONAL STRATEGIES

The EU macro-regional strategies provide several opportunities which should be highlighted now and then…
<<The Danube Region Strategy addresses a wide range of issues; these are divided among 4 pillars and 11 priority areas. For example pillar 1 “connect the region” priority area 03 of the EUSDR "To promote culture and tourism, people to people contacts".
The Baltic Sea Region Strategy is divided into three objectives which represent the three key challenges: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity. Health and tourism related priority areas are linked to the objective “increasing prosperity”.>>
Collaborate on macro-regional level and face common challenges!

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) »
The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) »
The EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian » A proposal from the EU Commission expected end of 2014
Source: European Commission 2014
COHESION POLICY FACTSHEETS COHESION POLICY FACTSHEETS

<< Overall, the reformed cohesion policy will make available up to EUR 351,8 billion to invest in Europe's regions, cities and the real economy. It will be the EU's principle investment tool fordelivering the Europe 2020 goals: creating growth and jobs, tackling climate change and energy dependence, and reducing poverty and social exclusion.
New country-specific factsheets are now available on the DG REGIO website. The country-specific fact sheet highlights results that have been achieved so far and refers to selected projects from the 2007-2013 period. Looking ahead, it also contains information about the distribution of funding and the main investment priorities for the period of 2014-2020.>>
Source: European Commission 2014

Have a look at your factsheet! »
 
 Events
 
MINWAT2014 INTERNATIONAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON MINERAL WATERS MINWAT2014 INTERNATIONAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON MINERAL WATERS

8-11 September 2014, KARLOVY VARY (CARLSBAD), Czech Republic
The main objectives of the conference are: typical problems existing in the fields of hydrogeology-hydrogeochemistry (Theme A), bottled mineral water (Theme B), and balneology (Theme C).

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TERMATALIA TERMATALIA

2-4 October 2014, TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina
Knowing the Latin American Thermal Capital - Termatalia will take place from 2nd to 4th of October in Termas de Rio Hondo, province of Santiago del Estero (Argentina), a city with more than 170 touristic establishments which use thermal waters, and 14.500 touristic beds.
The International Fair of Thermal Tourism will offer great opportunities to make business for entities and touristic destinies.

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12TH EDITION OF THE OPEN DAYS – EUROPEAN WEEK OF REGIONS AND CITIES 12TH EDITION OF THE OPEN DAYS – EUROPEAN WEEK OF REGIONS AND CITIES

6 - 9 October 2014, BRUSSELS, Belgium
Under the slogan 'Growing together – Smart investment for people', OPEN DAYS 2014 will focus on those who are ultimately affected by regional and urban policy. The event will offer the opportunity to reflect on first experiences of implementing the newly-agreed regional policy priorities under the EU budget for 2014-2020.
The OPEN DAYS 2014 programme will be structured under the following three themes: Connecting regional strategies, Building capacity, Territorial cooperation.

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SPA-CE 6th TRADESHOW OF SPA AND WELLNESS TOURISM IN CENTRAL EUROPE SPA-CE 6th TRADESHOW OF SPA AND WELLNESS TOURISM IN CENTRAL EUROPE

23 - 25 October 2014, RADENCI, Slovenia
Welcome to the 6th edition of SPA-CE!
SPA-CE is returning to Slovenia for another great edition. The 6th SPA-CE will be held in Radenci Health Resort where suppliers of the natural spas, spas and wellness services from Slovenia and other European countries will meet with representatives of tourist agencies, tour operators, representatives of insurance companies and health institutions from European countries. We invite you to attend the 6th SPA-CE, a place where fresh ideas for a relaxed and healthy way of living come to life!

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 Miscellaneous
 
ISO TC 228 and interview with the new Convenor of the WG2 WHO- REGIONAL DIRECTOR ENCOURAGES INVESTMENT IN PREVENTION

<< Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, addressed a wide range of stakeholders – including public health authorities, industry, nongovernmental organizations, research institutes, national and regional governments, and civil society – during a visit to Rome, Italy on 8–9 April 2014.
Speaking to the Italian Health Community Forum, which shapes Italy’s health policy, the Regional Director highlighted the importance of investing in prevention, addressing the economic impact of noncommunicable diseases and transforming service delivery. She underlined the key objectives of the new European health policy framework, Health 2020, and its relevance in addressing public health challenges and opportunities in Italy.>>
Source: WHO April 2014

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 Studies and Statistics
 
EUROSTAT: TAXATION TRENDS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

<< This report contains a detailed statistical and economic analysis of the tax systems of the Member States of the European Union, plus Iceland and Norway, which are Members of the European Economic Area. The data are presented within a unified statistical framework (the ESA95 harmonised system of national and regional accounts), which makes it possible to assess the heterogeneous national tax systems on a fully comparable basis.>> You can also find the VAT rates of the Member States with detailed information.
Source: EUROSTAT/European Commission 2014

Full Report »
UNWTO WORLD TOURISM BAROMETER APRIL 2014

<<The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released recently the April 2014 issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, plus the statistical annexes.
According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, receipts in destinations worldwide from expenditure by international visitors on accommodation, food and drink, entertainment, shopping and other services and goods, reached an estimated US$ 1159 billion (euro 873 billion) in 2013. Asia and the Pacific were the fastest growing regions with +8% increase in receipts, while Europe, which accounts for 42% of all international tourism receipts, took the biggest share in 2013: up US$ 35 billion to US$ 489 billion (euro 368 billion).>>
Source: UNWTO April 2014

The barometer report can be found in the members area of the website»
ETC TRENDS & PROSPECTS REPORT Q1 2014

The European Travel Commission (ETC) published recently the first quarterly report for 2014. <<European Tourism Set to Grow for the Fifth Year in a Row. Early results for the first months of 2014 provide optimism for another strong year for European tourism. Although not representative of full year results, bullish growth in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter is directionally significant, and is often an early indicator of growth throughout the year. Europe and the Americas both enjoyed close to 3% growth in hotel occupancy in the first quarter of 2014. Hotel occupancy rates enjoyed positive growth across most sub-regions, with Northern and Southern Europe enjoying the strongest growth. Eastern European occupancy was slightly lower than in 2013 for the quarter as a whole, with particular weakness in March, and notably in data for Russia.>>
Source: ETC June 2014

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European Tourism Portfolio Analysis Infographic »
EUROSTAT: TOURISM STATISTICS - TOP DESTINATIONS

<<In 2012, the most recent reference year for which complete data was available at the time ofwriting, residents of the European Union (EU-28) made 1 196 million trips (for personal or professional purpose) and spent 6 165 million nights during those trips (see Table 1 and Figure 1). Tourist expenditu More than 3 out of 4 trips (76 %) were domestic trips – i.e. trips in the tourist's own country of residence – but in terms of nights spent and expenditure, domestic trips accounted for 60 % and 47 % of the total respectively.re amounted to EUR 400 593 million. On average for the EU, 24.0 % of all trips were made in a foreign country: 18.0 % in another EU Member State, 6.0 % outside the Union (see Figure 1). Spain was for EU residents the number one foreign destination, in terms of number of trips as well as number of nights spent or expenditure. 3.1 % of all trips made by Europeans were spent in Spain (or 12.9 % of all trips abroad), followed by France and Italy.>>
Source: EUROSTAT June 2014

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Useful information provides also the documentation of the 12th edition of the Global Forum on Tourism Statistics in Prague, Czech Republic on 15-16 May 2014.

Presentations and further information »
UNWTO TOURISM HIGHLIGHTS, 2014 EDITION

<< World’s Top Tourism Destinations show only minor changes in the top 10 by arrivals and receipts. France continues to top the ranking of international tourist arrivals with 83 million visitors in 2012 (2013 still to be reported), and is 3rd in international tourism receipts (US$ 56 billion in 2013). The United States ranks 1st in receipts with US$ 140 billion and 2nd in arrivals with 70 million. Spain is still the second largest earner worldwide and the first in Europe (US$ 60 billion), and recovered its 3rd place in arrivals with 61 million visitors. China moved to 4th in arrivals (56 million) and remains 4th in receipts (US$ 52 billion). Italy has consolidated its 5th place in arrivals (48 million) and 6th in receipts (US$ 44 billion). Turkey remains 6th in arrivals and 12th in receipts. Thailand moved up two positions in the ranking by international receipts to 7th, while it entered the top 10 by arrivals in 10th position, in a bumper 2013 when international arrivals were up by 19% to 27 million and receipts by 23% to US$ 42 billion. Germany and the United Kingdom remain respectively 7th and 8th in arrivals, but moved downone place each in terms of earnings to 8th and 9th places respectively. The Russian Federation completes the top ten ranking by arrivals in 9th place, while the two Chinese Special Adm nistrative Regions Macao and Hong Kong rank respectively 5th and 10th in receipts. Looking at the 2013 inbound tourism ranking by purpose, travel for holidays, recreation and other forms of leisure accounted for just over half of all international tourist arrivals (52% or 568 million). Some 14% of international tourists reported travelling for business and professional purposes and another 27% travelled for other reasons, such as visiting friends and relatives (VFR), religious reasons and pilgrimages, health treatment, etc.>>
Source: UNWTO 2014

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