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April 2016
XXI ESPA Congress - Vichy - 24-27 May 2016 - Save the date!
Vichy welcomes the European spas and health resorts industry!
Register now online and book your hotel here.

The programme will inspire you with focus on the following thematic topics:
• Education and training of spa doctors in Europe
• Prevention in Spas with focus on medicine, good practice and innovation
• Crossborder cooperation of spas and health resorts
• Trends, perspectives, product development, and strategic thinking from a marketing perspective
La Medecine Thermale - Conseil National Établissements Thermaux

Invitation from Thierry Dubois, Chair of CNETh here.
Our 21st ESPA congress destination - Vichy!
ESPA congress destination - Vichy
The town of Vichy offers a welcome dose of health and well-being! The city on the Allier River is most famous for its quality spa facilities. But there's so much more to see!
We look forward to welcome you to Vichy!

Visit Vichy »
Video of congress destination »
Inga Dora Sigfusdottir
Who is who
Let’s meet our first keynote speaker (Wednesday 25 May 2016):
Dr. Inga Dora Sigfusdottir is a Research Professor in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Professor at Reykjavik University, Iceland. Most of her scientific work can be described as interdisciplinary research on youth and adolescents and their health and well-being. Her work has focused on the study of risk and protective factors in the prevention of adolescent health and behavior. She recently was awarded an ERC consolidator research grant for a longitudinal study on children´s health, emotions and behavior. She has written three books (all in Icelandic) on adolescent lifestyle and leisure activities and published over 80 articles in international journals.
Useful information
Please find here further information about how to access Vichy »
For registered congress participants transfers from Lyon airport are organised on Tuesday 24 May an Friday 27 May. Please choose the option in the congress registration form.
ESPA Innovation Awards 2016
ESPA Innovation Awards 2016
2016 ESPA Innovation Awards
12 days left to enter your innovative work to WIN!
For a Spa & Health Resort company or destination winning an ESPA Innovation Award can can be the key to breaking into a new market or getting valuable media attention and respect.
Judged by a panel of five renowned experts in management, tourism, spa medicine and architecture, the ESPA Innovation Awards is an event, a unique marketing tool, and much more.
Read on to find out what you get as a winner, what you need to participate in this year’s competition and how to make the most of your participation.
Winners benefit package

30th April  |  Regular registration deadline
2nd May  |  Submission of entries to jury
26th May  |  Awards ceremony (Vichy, France)
Winners benefit package
• High quality crystal trophy.
• Award Winner Certificate (Finalists will receive the Award Finalist’s certificate).
• Award Winner logo/seal image for use on stationery, websites and other marketing materials and channels.
• Award publicity and promotion to a wide variety of Spa, Travel and Tourism press and media partners.
• 6 months Award publicity on the ESPA Innovation Awards Website.
• For Category C5 Winner: 6 months Ad Banner (200x100 pixels) on the ESPA Website homepage.
• Award publicity and promotion on the ESPA e-Newsletter (Special ESPA Awards issue and June issue)
• 15 days of Award winning campaign on the ESPA Social Media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram channels. Hashtag: #ESPAInnovationAwards2016
ESPA Innovation Awards - Hall of Fame!
2014 - Pomorie Municipality (Bulgaria)
2015 - Termas de São Pedro do Sul (Portugal)

2014 - Heilsustofnun NLFI (Iceland)
2015 - Grotta Giusti Resort Golf & Spa (Italy)

2014 - Compagnie de Vichy (France)
2015 - Thermes de Balaruc-les-Bains (France)

2014 - Sana Spa Hotel (Bulgaria)
2014 - Aquatec (Bulgaria)

2014 - Belchin Garden Spa Hotel (Bulgaria)
2015 - Heilsustofnun NLFI (Iceland)

Bad Bellingen (Germany)
Caldas da Felgueira Termas & Spa (Portugal)
Gyulai Várfùrdo – Aquapalota (Hungary)
Malo Clinic Termas Luso (Portugal)
Spa Vilnius Druskininkai (Lithuania)
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