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•  November 2015
ESPA European Spas Association
 Editorial
After the summer the European spas and health resorts looked back and reported that the assessed performance during the summer months was better as expected for this time of the year. This was supported by legislative changes in some countries, the ability to adapt to the changes introduced earlier, a rise in domestic guests and especially seniors. For the coming month the situation is expected to stay at an equal level as during the past years at this time due to seasonality and economy issues.

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

Yours,
Martin Plachý,
President
 News | The Association
BECOME A ROMAN THERMAL SPA OF EUROPE!
Founding Marketing Cooperation Budapest Dec 2015


After completion of the setup phase and the EU-funding period we will continue this project. From February 2016 it will be transferred into a marketing cooperation open to other thermal spas with Roman heritage. From 03-04 December 2015 the final consortium meeting and the foundation of the marketing cooperation will take place in Budapest (HU). We cordially invite all interested parties and destinations to participate in this event! For further information regarding the event or the conditions please don’t hesitate to contact us info@roman-thermal-spas.eu.

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EUROPESPA: NINE NEW CERTIFIED HOTELS IN 2015

EuropeSpa has certified nine new hotels in the first three quarters of this year in Spain, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia. The certificates awarded encompass the EuropeSpa med, EuropeSpa wellness hotel and EuropeSpa hotel spa standards. Given the already scheduled certifications in the 4th quarter, EuropeSpa management expects a new certifications record for this year – underlining the significance of the official ESPA quality certificates in Europe.

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TERMATALIA 2015

After reinforce its role as a thermal bridge between Europe and America with the last year edition celebrated in Argentina, TERMATALIA organized its 2015 edition in the Spanish thermal capital of Ourense. It became again a BUSINESS CENTER for HEALTH TOURISM, THERMALISM, SPA or THALASOTHERAPY INDUSTRIES. ESPA is for many years now a cooperation partner of Termatalia and this year ESPA Secretary General, Joachim Lieber’s, presentation focused on “The Roman Thermal Spas of Europe” and ESPA PR&Comm Manager, Joao Pinto Barbosa, presented the ESPA Innovation Awards 2016 and the ESPA digital channels. Further ESPA members were present with their promotional materials benefiting from this cooperation with the Spanish partner.

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EU PLATFORM ON ACTION FOR DIET, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH

The European Spas Association presented itself and possible cooperation with the Platform during the plenary meeting on 24 September 2015 in Luxemburg. ESPA will be invited to present to the plenary a consolidated commitment during the next meeting in December.

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 News | ESPA Members
German Spa Association GERMANY
Press release from the 111th German Spa Association ‘Bädertag’ in BAD WILDBAD

The German spas and health resorts reported 104.5 million overnight stays in the past year. Thus, the number of nights increased from one year to the other by 2 percent. " We are very proud," announced the two vice-presidents of the German Spas Association Prof. Dr. Ekkehart Meroth and Hans- Jürgen Kütbach during the German Bädertag in Bad Wildbad and emphasised a central demand immediately afterwards: "We need more support of doctors and social insurance companies regarding our out-patient health cures. Because those enhance well-being of the people sustainably and thus relieve in the long run the healthcare systems."

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HUNGARY HUNGARY
Traditional Hévíz Therapy has become a brand

The town has created an own trademark for the sake of the accreditation of therapies based on the curative power of Lake Hévíz, which is unique also in Europe. They would like to have the Traditional Hévíz Therapy recognised also by professional European organisations. The therapy gets excellent result in mitigating the spine and musculoskeletal complaints.

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The Thermal Bath Industry in Hungary The Thermal Bath Industry in Hungary

A very interesting info chart about the Hungarian Thermal Bath Industry performance in 2014 published by the Hungarian Bath Association and the Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa. Have a look here »
LATVIA LATVIA
Autumn wellness in Jūrmala

Jūrmala has long been known for its natural healing resources – mild climate, sea, ionized air, healing mud and mineral waters. In addition, the best thing is that all of this is used in rehabilitation and spa programmes developed by SPA hotels and rehabilitation centres of the city. Therefore, Jūrmala is a perfect place to accumulate energy and get ready for the new autumn and winter season.

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 News | European Union
European Commission COMMISSION REPORT ON THE OPERATION OF DIRECTIVE 2011/24/EU ON THE APPLICATION OF PATIENTS' RIGHTS IN CROSS-BORDER HEALTHCARE

«This report sets out the current state of play of transposition, and covers the most important and relevant provisions, such as the use of prior authorisation, the level of patient mobility, reimbursement practices, information to patients and cooperation under the Directive. It also report on the use of delegated powers pursuant to Article 17(1) of the Directive, which requires the Commission to report on these by 24 October 2015.»
Source: European Commission 2015

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Report on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare in the EU »
FACT SHEETS - PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY OF CARE IN THE EU FACT SHEETS - PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY OF CARE IN THE E
Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health

«Discrepancies in health care have come even more under scrutiny since the cross-border healthcare directive, which went into effect in 2011, allows patients from one EU country to seek treatment or care in another.»
Source: European Commission 2015

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European Commission SCOPING STUDY ON COMMUNICATION TO ADDRESS AND PREVENT CHRONIC DISEASES: FINAL REPORT

«Chronic  disease  is  the  leading  cause  of  mortality  and  morbidity  in Europe;  communications  campaigns  are  an  established  part  of  the policy response.
This  scoping  study  developed  a  basis  for  cross-border  campaigns aiming to tackle chronic disease in Europe.  
The study:
- provided  an  overview  of  the  key issues  on  communication  to  tackle  chronic disease;
- identified differences in communicating about major risk factors;
- identified the characteristics of existing good practice; and
- developed a set of Key Design Principles (KDPs) to underpin future campaigns.»
Source: European Commission June 2015

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European Commission HORIZON2020 – WORK PROGRAMME 2016/2017
Health and Well-being call for proposals published


«The overall strategic orientation for the 'Health, Demographic Change and Well-being' Work Programme 2016-2017 is 'promoting healthy ageing and personalised healthcare'. It directly links with what has been successfully initiated in the years 2014-2015. The programme will implement several research priorities: personalised medicine, rare diseases, human bio-monitoring, mental health, comparative effectiveness research, advanced technologies, e/m-health, robotics, patient empowerment, active and healthy ageing, data security, big data, valorisation, anti-microbial resistance, infectious diseases including vaccines, maternal and child health and the silver economy.»
Source: European Commission October 2015

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New Work Programme supports Europe's growth, jobs and competitiveness »
EUROPEAN HEALTH FORUM GASTEIN EUROPEAN HEALTH FORUM GASTEIN

«The European Health Forum Gastein is the most important health-related event in the European Union and a meeting point for experts from different fields within the health system. It differs greatly from other events which are generally focused on very specific areas. The EHFG 2015 covers topics such as sustainable health systems and health economics. With the focus on health system performance, pricing of medicines and health security, including health threat responses, European development aid and health policy development.»
Source: European Health Forum Gastein October 2015

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European Parliament OPINION ON NEW CHALLENGES AND CONCEPTS FOR THE PROMOTION OF TOURISM IN EUROPE

«The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the own-initiative report by Isabella DE MONTE (S&D, IT) on new challenges and concepts for the promotion of tourism in Europe.
The report recalled that Europe is the world’s number one tourist destination with the number of international tourists arriving in the EU forecast to increase by 140 million each year until 2025. However, the tourism industry in Europe faces a number of new challenges, among them the digitisation of distribution channels, the development of the new sharing economy sector, increasing competition from emerging, less expensive third-market destinations, changing consumer behaviour, the transition to an experience economy, the demand for quality client service, the need to attract and retain skilled staff, demographic changes, and seasonality.»
Source: European Parliament September 2015

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2014/2241(INI) - 22/09/2015 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading »
European Commission COMMISSION RELAUNCHES VIRTUAL TOURISM OBSERVATORY

«The European Commission is relaunching the Virtual Tourism Observatory (VTO), a repository of statistical information, reports and information on policy and legislation relevant for the EU tourism sector.»
Source: European Commission September 2015

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THE 14TH EUROPEAN TOURISM FORUM
17-18 September 2015, Luxembourg

«The European Tourism Forum 14th edition focus was on: digitalisation through the sharing economy, promotion of Europe via transnational and pan-European thematic products, skills and competences, and streamlining the regulatory and administrative framework for tourism on the example of current and future visa requirements.»
Source: Ministère de l’Économie Luxembourg 2015

European Tourism Forum - Francine Closener highlights the challenges the tourism sector is facing at European level »
Presentations »
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European Commission PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

Participate!
Access to health services in the EU: Launch of public consultation on preliminary opinion »
Provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services under the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU »
Have your say on geo-blocking and the role of platforms in the online economy »
Have your say on standards to help achieve a Digital Single Market »
Modernising VAT for cross-border e-commerce: Commission launches public consultation »
Source: European Commission October 2015
 Events
European Commission JOINING FORCES IN HEALTH PROMOTION TO TACKLE THE BURDEN OF CHRONIC DISEASES IN EUROPE

24-25 November 2015, VILNIUS, Lithuania

«This conference will provide JA-CHRODIS partners and relevant EU level, national and local policy makers and practitioners with an opportunity to discuss the state of health promotion and primary prevention in Europe and how to move forward the recommendations resulting from the European Union’s Reflection Process on Chronic Diseases in this area. The focus will be on how actors working in this field can learn from each other and work together to collectively strengthen the effectiveness and level of investments in this field.»
Source: CHRODIS October 2015

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European Commission EUROPEAN TOURISM DAY 2015

16 December 2015, BRUSSELS, Belgium

«The event will provide an opportunity for the exchange of views on topics that the European Commission considers key for the future competitiveness and sustainable growth of the European tourism sector.»
Source: European Commission September 2015

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European Commission EUROPEAN TOURISM INDICATORS SYSTEM CONFERENCE AND ACCESSIBLE TOURISM WORKSHOP

25 January 2016, BRUSSELS, Belgium


«At this event sustainability and accessibility are presented as complementary strategies to successfully manage and promote tourism destinations.»
Source: European Commission September 2015

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 Miscellaneous
SMILEY WATER INITIATIVE

The Padre Feijoo Zorelle School in Ourense, Spain, has led a solidarity project for the refugees who are arriving to several countries in Europe. They are producing a video with a song, combining music and thermalism. This project has the support of the Provincial Government of Ourense, the Red Cross and Termatalia. The objective is to make a video with a song, where children form different countries will sing the chorus of the song, in a resort, within the pool of a thermal resort.
In the following link, you can see the presentation of the project during Termatalia 2015 ».
For more information please contact calidad@expourense.org
CONFERENCE ON CROSS-BORDER HEALTHCARE

«Brussels, 13 October 2015: Conference Towards more integrated health care in Europe Strengthening patients’ access to cross-border care and enhancing health professionals' mobility. Experiences, challenges and policy developments in the rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease field. The conference was hosted by MEPs Mr. Takis Hadjigeorgiu and Ms. Karin Kadenbach, and chaired by Prof. Gerd Rüdiger Burmester, EULAR President. EULAR called on EU to create European Single Market for Health.»
Source: eular October 2015

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CHRONIC DISEASES: EVERYONE'S BUSINESS

«JA-CHRODIS has produced a summary report on good practices in health promotion and primary prevention of chronic diseases across Europe. It was developed on the basis of the Joint Action’s key objective to facilitate the exchange of good practices in tackling chronic diseases among EU countries and regions. The report contains 41 good practice examples from 13 partner countries, reflecting a broad thematic range of interventions across the life cycle and for various settings as well as examples of policies and strategies.»
Source: CHRODIS September 2015

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WHO – HEALTHY AGEING REQUIRES A LIFE-COURSE APPROACH

«Actions to promote healthy ageing go beyond the elimination of disease to the promotion of health throughout the life-course and support for continued functioning into old age. Health in the context of healthy ageing refers to an individual's capacity to do the things that are important to her or him. Healthy ageing is the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age.»
Source: WHO 2015

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Health and Ageing Fact Sheet »
WHO - CULTURAL CONTEXTS OF HEALTH

«With the adoption of Health 2020, the European health policy framework, more emphasis is being placed on the perceived well-being of European populations. The WHO Regional Office for Europe is leading a project on the cultural contexts of health for in-depth analysis of how cultural factors affect health and well-being.»
Source: WHO August 2015

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WHO - COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE BUILD COOPERATION IN HEALTH WITH CHINA

«Representatives of 16 countries in central and eastern Europe (CEE) and China met in Prague, Czech Republic, on the occasion of the China–Central and Eastern European Countries Health Ministers Forum on 16–17 June 2015. Outline of specific areas of collaboration: e.g. strengthening direct contacts between medical institutions in China and CEE countries; promoting experience-sharing on the surveillance, prevention and control of major infectious diseases and the prevention and management of noncommunicable diseases; supporting joint research on health systems; expanding cooperation among health professionals; and supporting WHO in global health governance and its ongoing reform.»
Source: WHO August 2015

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HOTREC - THE DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET SHOULD PROMOTE ACCESS AND TRANSPARENCY TO UNLOCK SMES’ POTENTIAL FOR JOBS CREATION SAY EU OFFICIALS AND STAKEHOLDERS

«Brussels, 15 September 2015 –HOTREC together with EU stakeholders, officials and MEPs agreed on the need to address the digital challenges faced by SMEs in Europe in order to boost growth and jobs creation."The Commission is strongly engaged in developing a more accessible, transparent and therefore effective digital market for all SMEs alike. This is a major goal for the recently launched Digital Network”, explained Mr. Carlo Corazza, Head of Unit Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries at DG GROW from the European Commission.»
Source: HOTREC September 2015

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 Studies and Statistics
EUROSTAT - HOW IS THE EU DOING COMPARED WITH THE OTHER MAJOR ECONOMIES OF THE WORLD?

«Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, releases the latest edition of the publication “The EU in the world”, which provides a portrait of the EU, considered as a single entity, in relation to the other major economies of the world.»
Source: EUROSTAT September 2015

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Eurostat regional yearbook 2015 »
EUROSTAT – US AND RUSSIA ACCOUNT FOR A THIRD OF ALL NON-EU TOURISM NIGHTS IN THE EU - US AND TURKEY, TOP EXTRA-EU DESTINATIONS OF EU TOURISTS

«In the European Union (EU), tourism is above all an internal affair. Nearly 90% of tourism nights in the EU are spent by EU residents, meaning that tourists from outside the EU account for only around 10% of the total. And when travelling, EU residents spent almost 85% of their tourism nights within the EU, with only just over 15% in extra-EU destinations.»
Source: European Commission September 2015

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EUROSTAT - SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - PUBLIC HEALTH

«This article provides an overview of statistical data on sustainable development in the area of public health. It is based on the set of sustainable development indicators the European Union (EU) agreed upon for monitoring its sustainable development strategy. The report provides an overview of progress towards the goals and objectives set in the EU sustainable development strategy.»
Source: EUROSTAT October 2015

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WHO – THE EUROPEAN HEALTH REPORT 2015
Targets and beyond – reaching new frontiers in evidence

«The report focuses on progress towards the Health 2020 targets in Europe so far; and wants to highlight new frontiers in health information and evidence that need to be addressed in the coming years to optimize health monitoring for Health 2020 and beyond, including the measurement of subjective well-being.»
Source: WHO 2015

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UNWTO WORLD TOURISM BAROMETER
21 million more international tourists in the first half of 2015

«The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in the first half of 2015 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 538 million international tourists between January and June 2015, an increase of 21 million compared to the same period of 2014.
Europe, the most visited region in the world, led growth and increased international arrivals by 5%, benefiting from a weaker currency in the euro area. Growth was driven by the recovery in Central and Eastern Europe (+6%), while Western Europe, Northern Europe and Southern Mediterranean Europe (each +5%) all outgrew the worldwide average.»
Source: UNWTO September 2015

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