ESPA Newsletter September 2014
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• September 2014
ESPA 
					European Spas Association
 Editorial
 
After the nomination of Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission, the new structure of the Commission and its team were quickly presented. For now the designated Commissioners present themselves and their missions in the European Parliament, whereas the official date of taking office is the 1st of November 2014. We will see how the restructuring of the College of Commissioners turns out.

The reflection of the past months have shown that the European spas and health resorts mainly find themselves in an either equal or better situation than the previous.
Furthermore, the European spas and health resorts are also expected to gain further value through the EU funded Roman Spas Project, which was launched on the 1st of August 2014.

I hope that you will enjoy reading the September issue of the ESPA e-newsletter.

Yours,
Martin Plachý,
President
 
News | The Association
 
ROMAN HERITAGE HAS FUTURE PROSPECTS

ROMAN HERITAGE HAS FUTURE PROSPECTS

Badenweiler/Brussels, September 5th 2014| Eight European countries, eleven partners, and a shared Roman heritage that could serve for a successful future. These are the ingredients of a project that was started by medical wellness and spa experts from all over Europe at the Badenweiler Thermen & Touristik GmbH. The goal is to develop and to market new travel packages in international cooperation for thermal spas that share a common history as the spas of Roman origin in the next 17 months. The pdf of the full-text press release can be found on our website and further information about the project will follow soon.

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MEETING OF THE “THALASSO DES NORDENS” NETWORK MEETING OF THE “THALASSO DES NORDENS” NETWORK

On Thursday 28th of August 2014, the Thalasso network “Thalasso des Nordens” met in Norderney, Germany, in order to discuss the next steps of the initiative. The Thalasso network formed itself during the ESPA annual congress 2014 in Vejle (Denmark), where the network aims to further develop the idea of Thalasso on a transnational basis. Participants of the meeting were representatives from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.
To add value and to exchange best practice, it is of great importance that one possess know-how of Thalasso in order to follow the same direction of the initiative and to extend network partners.

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HUNGARIAN BOARD MEMBER REPRESENTS ESPA AT THE CEE- CLUB, 9 JULY, in Berlin

During the evening at the CEE Club much information was given about following issues: individual countries, ideas for business contracts in tourism, wellness and care, ideas for your own travel and retirement
The keynote lecture held Ms Csilla Mezösi from Hungary - representing the European Spa Association as member of the Board. Her lecture contained the history of spas before the Second World War, but she also highlighted the new qualities and the diversity of the offers that are provided by spas and health resorts nowadays.
THE SUMMIT WAS HELD ON 1?4 JULY, 2014, IN STRESA, ITALY. HEALTH AND WELLNESS TOURISM SUMMIT, 1-4 JULY, 2014, IN STRESA, ITALY.

The summit was held at the beginning of July and is an annual event where healthcare and travel leaders meet to shape the future of the industry. The event provided efficient mutual dialogue and the exchange of best experiences of the participants representing the following directions: healthcare, tourism and resorts, finance, architecture, construction and city planning and health friendly technology. The Organising Committee of the Health and Wellness Tourism Summit of Leaders invited ESPA to deliver a speech at the Section: Healthcare, spa and wellness programmes. Ms Laura Natali, Vice-president of ESPA from Italy, represented ESPA during the event.
 
 News | ESPA Members
 
Latvia LATVIA
Blue Flag flies in Jurmala city beaches and their modernisation

This season too, the international voluntary eco-label of Blue Flag was awarded to four Jurmala city beaches – Bulduri, Dzintari, Majori and Jaunkemeri – verifying sustainable development of beaches through strict criteria. The Blue Flag is the most popular tourism eco-label and this year 12 beaches of Latvia received the award.
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If you would like to read more about “Jurmala city council supporting a number of health-promoting events” then follow this Link »
The Romanian MARKET and WORKSHOP for BALNEARY TOURISM

ROMANIA
The Romanian MARKET and WORKSHOP for BALNEARY TOURISM

The event is specialised in balneary tourism in Romania; This edition was held in Baile Felix, hotel International****, from 24 to 26 Sept. 2014. 
Baile Felix is one of the most important spa-resort in Romania. The focus is on debates about aspects of balneary tourism, spa resorts, tour-operators, research, new technologies products in the field, relations to spa-travel-agencies or medical staff-managing team, marketing, the role of the central and local authorities, legislations, etc.; promotion of the spa resorts, infrastructure, services, specialised products, etc. 

More information on www.romanian-spas.ro; registration on office@romanian-spas.ro or optbr@bluescreen.ro

Welcome to Romania, to visit and enjoy the spas!
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The H2Otel Congress & Medical Spa (Unhais da Serra) welcomes the 2014 ATP international congress in November 17th and 18th (First Announcement)

PORTUGAL
The H2Otel Congress & Medical Spa (Unhais da Serra) welcomes the 2014 ATP international congress in November 17th and 18th (First Announcement)

The programme will cover cutting-edge knowledge sharing through presentations from key opinion leaders in the Health and Wellness Tourism business.
Three main themes run through the programme:
I. Health Promotion and Preventive Healthcare: Trends. Challenges and Opportunities
II. Innovative Business Models
III. Digital Marketing & Commercialization

The Congress will be organized by the Portuguese Thermal Spa Association (ATP) and will be sponsored by the “PROVERE Termas Centro” project and the “Termas Centro by Termas de Portugal” brand.

ATP is looking forward to seeing you in Unhais da Serra!
 
 News | European Union
 
NEW EU COMMISSION: PROFILES AND PORTFOLIOS OF 'TEAM JUNCKER' NEW EU COMMISSION: PROFILES AND PORTFOLIOS OF 'TEAM JUNCKER'

On September 10, 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker, the designated EU Commission President, presented the list of Commissioners-designate and the new structure of the European Commission. The new College will have seven Vice-Presidents including the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (Federica Mogherini ). Each of them will direct and coordinate the work of several Commissioners. The project teams accommodate the political guidelines of the new EU Commission.

The European Parliament now has to approve the entire College, including the President and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. After approval by the European Parliament, the European Commission is formally appointed pursuant to Article 17 paragraph 7 of the Treaty of the European Union. According to the planned timeframe the new Commission’s starting signal will be the 1st of November 2014.

The Commissioners-designate related to our main interests are:
- Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis (LT) - Health & Food Safety
- Ms Elzbieta Bienkowska (PL) - Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

The new structure of the Juncker Commission »
The faces of the new Commission and mission letters »

The EU Commission portfolios 2014-2019 as well as the Political Guidelines for the new Commission can be found in our members area of the website.

Source: European Commission 2014
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: TRANSNATIONAL CULTURAL TOURISM PRODUCTS AND TOURISM AND ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL CALL FOR PROPOSALS: TRANSNATIONAL CULTURAL TOURISM PRODUCTS AND TOURISM AND ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL

Theme A: Cooperation projects to support transnational tourism based on European cultural and industrial heritage
This theme complements regional and national policies by supporting trans-European cooperation aimed at designing innovative transnational products capitalising on European shared cultural and/or industrial heritage.

Theme B: Fostering accessible tourism entrepreneurship and management
This theme consists with supporting the development and the provision of Accessible Tourism "Capacity Building Schemes" for tourism managers and entrepreneurs. Its ultimate purpose is to encourage the uptake of business practices and strategic planning which mainstream accessibility and "Universal Design"priorities in the tourism sector. Deadline for online submission of the proposals is the 21th October 2014.
Source: European Commission August 2014

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THE 2014 EU SUMMIT ON CHRONIC DISEASES PRESENTATION OF THE PRIORITIES OF THE ITALIAN PRESIDENCY

<<The main objectives for the Italian Presidency are situated in the context of the "Europe 2020" strategy. They aim to stimulate economic growth, development and job creation, as well as strengthen social and territorial cohesion.
Among the Presidency priorities in the field of health the promotion of healthy lifestyles and prevention, within the conceptual framework of the “3rd Health EU Programme”, is taken into account. As Presidency priorities in the field of tourism, were cited: developing a digital strategy to support tourist services and improving transport links to open up access less known but very attractive areas and to progress in the Council on the Package Travel Directive, with a view to achieving a second reading agreement with the Parliament.>>
Source: European Commission 2014

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PATIENT SAFETY PATIENT SAFETY

Patient safety package
A patient safety package published on 19 June 2014 by the European Commission highlights how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety, progress made since 2009 and barriers to overcome to improve patient safety as foreseen in a Council Recommendation 2009.
Source: European Commission 2014

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Summary Report »
VIDEO - WORKING TOGETHER FOR LONGER HEALTHIER LIVES VIDEO - WORKING TOGETHER FOR LONGER HEALTHIER LIVES

<<In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. This video promotes the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing which brings together organisations involved in active ageing all over Europe – public authorities, associations, industry, NGOs, patient organisations and citizens. Working together they learn from each other, boost innovation and enable people to live longer and healthier lives.>>

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ICT & TOURISM BUSINESS INITIATIVE ICT & TOURISM BUSINESS INITIATIVE

The European Commission’s Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) and tourism business initiative aims to boost the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the European tourism sector and to create more and smarter jobs.
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The initiative consists of a political, technical and an operational component. The technical component: TOURISMlink is a European Commission-funded project that will link travel agencies and tour operators with small tourism businesses throughout Europe.
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Whereas the operational component assists the businesses (mainly Small and medium enterprises) that are already operating or just starting up in tourism industry. The Tourism Business Portal helps with each step of the business processes via e.g. online learning, and video tutorials, aiming to assist tourism companies with setting up, management, promotion and global expansion of their business.
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Source: European Commission 2014
 
 Events
 
TERMATALIA TERMATALIA

2 - 4 October 2014, TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina
Knowing the Latin American Thermal Capital - Termatalia will take place from 2 October until 4 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, and the 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 from 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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The European Tourism Forum THE EUROPEAN TOURISM FORUM

30 – 31 October 2014, NAPLES, Italy
The European Tourism Forum will be held under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Naples, Italy, on 30-31 October 2014. The 2014 Forum discussions will include the following topics: Digitalization and Innovation in Tourism, Sustainable Mobility and Access to Destinations, Training and Education in Tourism, Actions to promote Europe as Tourist Destination.

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Two-day course in Quality in Medical Wellness, Wellness and Hotel-Spas in Wiesbaden/Germany in November 2014 TWO-DAY COURSE IN QUALITY IN MEDICAL WELLNESS

Wellness and Hotel-Spas in Wiesbaden/Germany in November 2014
The EuropeSpa course is to be held in German for the first time. It addresses Spa Managers, Hotel Managers and Quality Managers, Technicians, Consultants and Representatives of public organizations. After the seminar there will be opportunity to obtain the EuropeSpa Expert certificate.

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 Miscellaneous
 
COUNTRY PROFILES ON NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES EUROPESPA: TWO NEW COUNTRIES - TWO NEW CERTIFIED PROVIDERS

EuropeSpa has awarded Hotel Spa - certificates in two additional countries in Europe. Vitality Hotel Punta in Lošinj/Croatia and Hotel Thermae Silla in Edipsos/Greece are now among the high quality leaders in Europe.

More information about the EuropeSpa certified providers»
COUNTRY PROFILES ON NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES COUNTRY PROFILES ON NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

WHO has published profiles on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) for all Member States, including the 53 countries in the WHO European Region. Where data are available, the profiles estimate for each country the current burden of and recent trends in NCD mortality, the prevalence of selected major risk factors and the national health system’s capacity to respond. The report illustrates that progress in countries has been insufficient and very uneven, although many countries have started to work towards the 9 global targets. A key target of the Global Action Plan is to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by 25% by 2025.
Source: WHO 2014

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 Studies and Statistics
 
WHO: SMART GOVERNANCE FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: THE EVIDENCE

<<Governance for health describes the attempts of governments and other actors to steer communities, whole countries or even groups of countries in the pursuit of health as integral to well-being. This study tracks recent innovations to address the priority determinants of health and categorizes them into five strategic approaches to smart governance for health. It relates the emergence of joint action by the health and non-health sectors, public and private actors and citizens, all of which have increasing roles to play in achieving seminal changes in 21st-century societies.>>
Source: WHO 2014

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OECD - GEOGRAPHIC VARIATIONS IN HEALTH CARE

<<Health care use varies widely across countries but can also vary as much or more within countries. Governments should do more to improve their health systems to prevent unnecessary interventions and ensure that everyone has the same access to quality healthcare, wherever they live, according to a new OECD report.>>
Source: OECD 2014

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OECD – HEALTH SPENDING STARTS TO RISE BUT REMAINS WEAK IN EUROPE

At the end of June the OECD announced that <<By contrast, outside Europe, Chile and Mexico saw strong growth in health spending in 2012, at 6.5% and 8.5% respectively, largely due to further efforts towards universal coverage and access to healthcare. Health spending in Korea has continued to grow at an annual rate of 6% since 2009, mainly driven by increases in private spending.
In the United States, health spending grew by 2.1% in 2012, above the OECD average but similar to growth rates in 2010 and 2011.
Overall health spending accounted for 9.3% of GDP on average across OECD countries in 2012, little changed from 9.2% in 2011, but up from 8.6% before the crisis.>>
Source: OECD 2014

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UNWTO WORLD TOURISM BAROMETER AUGUST 2014

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released recently the August 2014 issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, plus the statistical annexes. The barometer report can be found in the members area of the website »
Source: UNWTO September 2014

The ESPA’s member countries review and preview: For the months May until August 2014 the overall situation in Europe is better, in some countries equal comparing to the same period in the last years. There is one exception, which is Bulgaria, where the source market Ukraine broke down and the markets Russia, and Israel had a minus of around 6 %.
It has further to be mentioned that the economic situation and the bad weather condition which we still register in some countries prevented better results like for example in Italy. For the coming for months the expectation is equal to better in most of the European countries, also with the exception of Bulgaria. In this period of the year the seasonality of the spas and health resorts is the main determinant in the major part of Europe.
ETC TRENDS & PROSPECTS REPORT Q2 2014

The European Travel Commission (ETC) published the second quarterly report for 2014. < Virtually all 22 ETC members reporting international tourism data through March-June show continued growth into 2014. Overnights persistently grow at a more moderate pace than arrivals, as demand for shorter breaks outside the main holiday season recovers. Spain (+9% in arrivals and +12% in overnights) and Germany (+4% and +5% respectively) are notable exceptions, not least for their comparatively high reliance on European tourism.>>
Source: ETC September 2014

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EUROSTAT - SEASONALITY IN THE TOURIST ACCOMMODATION SECTOR

<<This article focuses on the tourist accommodation sector in the European Union (EU) and looks at the seasonality of arrivals and nights spent in accommodation establishments as well as the seasonality of the turnover and the employment in this specific tourism industry.
This analysis from the point of view of the supply side complements another article on seasonality in tourism demand in which the seasonal bias in tourism demand is discussed.>>
Source: EUROSTAT 2014

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THE GLOBAL WELLNESS TOURISM ECONOMY REPORT OCTOBER 2013
a study commissioned by the Global Wellness Institute

Consumers integrate healthy habits and activities increasingly into their lifestyles, but also into their travel – that is the reason why the demand for wellness tourism is rising. Wellness Tourism is getting an explosive new travel category; it represents the intersection of a powerful lifestyle trend and a growing global industry.
The study seeks to define wellness tourism and the traveler with respect to its characteristics, motivations and activities. With this information it is possible to measure the Wellness Tourism Economy: size of wellness tourism, its economic impacts and its projected growth. These figures allow a better assessment of future developments and possibilities for action.
Source: Global Wellness Institute 2014
 
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