ESPA Newsletter August 2013
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• August 2013
ESPA European Spas Association
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For many European tourism destinations this time of the year is the peak season and while they are working on full-speed most of Europe is enjoying their summer break. As the pre-summer period showed positive growth, the ETC expects a stabilisation of this trend during the summer. And the European Environment Agency announced that water at 95% of Europe’s beaches is clean enough to meet minimum EU standards. Whereas 91% of bathing sites in rivers and lakes make the grade. With these positive perspectives, I wish you a successful summer season and relaxing holidays.

Martin Plachý,
News | The Association
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The European Spas Association welcomed the Conseil National des Exploitants Thermaux (CNETh) on July 1st as its new Member from France. France has become ESPA’s 20th Member country as they re-join the association after around 15 years.
The announcement was made by the General Delegate of the CNETh, Claude-E. Bouvier, at the opening of the 18th annual ESPA congress in Pomorie, Bulgaria.
The presentation of Mr Bouvier here>>
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Mr M. Thierry Dubois, President of the CNETh, was elected as the new Treasurer of ESPA during the Board meeting in Pomorie, 16 May 2013. Mr M. Thierry Dubois will be in this position for the remaining three years of the four-year term and is responsible for the finances of ESPA.
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Mr Wojciech Fulek, Vice-chairman of the Association of Polish Spa-Communities, was elected as further Vice-president of ESPA during the Board meeting in Pomorie, 16 May 2013. The field of competence of Mr Wojciech Fulek in the Managing Board is the intensification of the contacts with the spa communities and common projects. He is elected for the remaining three years of the four-year term.
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News | ESPA Members

News from the German Spas Association
The German Spas Association’s PR and Communications Committee is currently developing an umbrella brand strategy for the realignment of the cure.

Event notice
24.-27. October 2013
The German Spa Association (DHV) hosts the 109th German “Bädertag” - the meeting place of the health and tourism sector in Germany. This year’s meeting is taking place in Bad Kissingen, where many representatives of the German healthcare system and high-level representatives from politics, business and research come together. The Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has already confirmed his attendance.
A healthcare market is open for experts and also for the general public under the slogan: "Better to invest in health than financing diseases". The spas and health resorts will be especially in the focus as the "jewels of German tourism". Important institutions and companies are invited to draw attention to their products and services in the context of the exhibition.

New head for the Hungarian National Tourist Office (HNTO) in Germany
Ms Csilla Mezösi, ESPA Board member, is the new director for Germany of the HNTO. The ESPA congratulates Ms Mezösi for her new position and wishes her good luck with her new function.
She succeeds Sztojanovits Kristof, who had held the office for four years and now returns back to his home country. Cszilla Mezösi knows Germany and the German market very well, she was working for the Hungarian National Tourist Office as Regional Director based in Berlin from 2002 to 2005. The experienced tourism professional represents for the past ten years, the destination Hungary on the German market and is integrated in the industry for more than fifteen years.

Vaivari will start rendering services to patients from Azerbaijan
National rehabilitation centre “Vaivari” has signed medical export cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan, and this is a real example of interstate cooperation in the field of medical export in Latvia. This is not any more an individual cooperation among foreign tourism agencies, but an agreement between two countries.
Rehabilitation centre “Vaivari” have already received first 30 patients from Azerbaijan, and the new rehabilitation programme will be officially launched on June 26.
Every year in rehabilitation centre “Vaivari” around 3500 patients receive their rehabilitation and health treatment, one third of these patients are children. The target to be reached this year is to provide health rehabilitation for 4000 patients within the same financial funding.

Baltic Countries – enhancing cooperation on Health Tourism
The International Conference of the GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) Parliamentary Assembly and Baltic Assembly “GUAM and Baltic Countries – Partners for the Safe and Prosperous Regions” took place in Batumi, Georgia on 26-28 June, 2013.
The Conference held its session in an enlarged format with the participation of Parliament Members of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the Representatives from Parliaments of the GUAM countries. The Conference was also attended by the honorable guests, the representatives of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland and Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkish Speaking Countries.
The Participants outlined with satisfaction, that it has become a good tradition to organise joint Baltic Assembly - GUAM Parliamentary Assembly events on the different levels and formats. The Participants have discussed the wide range of issues of regional and international importance during the Batumi Conference.
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ESPA supports Klaipeda State College's study visit
Klaipeda State College is the third-largest college in Lithuania with a strong academic reputation. On the back of its pioneering educational approach and links to the Lithuanian Spa Association, the college received EU funding to develop a BSc in Wellness Service Management. The aim of Klaipeda State College now is to develop and launch a Wellness Service Management Joint Study Programme in September 2014 as a professional bachelor degree.
To enable the development of the programme, the college proposed to send key team members on a study visit to gain an understanding and insight into the Europe SPA industry. As an international programme, getting an international perspective and relevance of ESPA work was crucial. As representatives with an expertise in this field, previous links to the Lithuanian spa industry ESPA was chosen to organise all elements of the study visit.
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Exhibition “Termas de Portugal 2013”
Termas de Luso (P) holds thermal spa historic and cultural heritage exhibition until the 30th of September, entitled “Termas de Portugal 2013”.
The exhibition illustrates the culture, architecture, and the development of the thermal spa system in Portugal from the beginning of the 20th Century. Displays include artifacts, books, documents, pictures, videos, etc. from the most important Portuguese thermal spa towns.
The exhibition is open everyday from 26th July to 30th September.

New Election
End of June 2013 was marked by an important event for the Romanian Spa Owners’ Organization (OPTBR): new election for the next four years, during the  General Assembly. The event took place in  the new hotel O3zone***  in Baile Tusnad.
Mr. NICU RADULESCU was re-elected, for the third time as president of the Romanian Organisation for a new period, 2013-2017. The other members of the Managing Board are representing important companies from Govora (Mr. Mihai Gandolescu), Sovata (Mr. Janos Fulop-Nagy), Moneasa (Mr.Teodor Morar), Buzias (Mr. Sorin Munteanu), Pucioasa (Mr. Verginel Marinescu) and Slanic-Moldova (Mr. Ioan Munteanu). The main tasks of the new Board are: a better development of the balneary tourism by sustaining the investors and better marketing of the potential and products and to enlarge the relations with partners from ESPA.

International Conference in Bucharest
On 3-5 July was held in Bucharest the International Conference focused on Ecotourism, cultural tourism and Health Tourism organised by the Ministry of Economics and the Romanian National Authority for Tourism under the High Patronage of the World Tourism Organisation. Participants from 17 countries (ministers, officials, ambasadors, etc.)  joined the conference and a very interesting post-convention trip into the Danube Delta, Prahova Valley and to the salt mine in Turda.
The conference represented a platform for officials and stakeholders in the tourism industry, to analyse the opportunities for development of tourism in order to face the new challenges. It was concluded that new strategies for tourism are necessary in order to consolidate tourism leading position in a World Green Economy those health and balneary tourism is belonging.
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News | Miscellaneous
9 July 2013 - The European Commission published a proposal to modernise EU rules on package travel.
The basis is the EU Directive from 1990 on package travel. <<The reform responds to a fundamental transformation of the travel market: Citizens are increasingly taking a more active role in tailoring their holidays to their specific requirements, notably by using the internet to combine travel arrangements rather than choosing from ready-made packages out of a brochure.>>
Therefore, the proposed update of the 1990 rules is essential to bring the Package Travel Directive into the digital age.
(Source: European Commission 2013)
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32 cities and regions across Europe have been rewarded for new ways of helping older people
Awarded has been the implementation of innovative technological, social or organisational solutions to enhance the efficiency of health and social care systems. Star winners came from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK. The six categories of innovation in the Commission’s Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing are: medication adherence, fall prevention, frailty and malnutrition, integrated care, independent living and age-friendly environments. Since December 2011 the overall objective of the European Commission and its first Innovation Partnership, on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) is the target of increasing the number of healthy life years in Europe by two by 2020.
(Source: European Commission 2013)
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10 benefits the EU brings to patients
<<A high level of health protection; the right to benefit from medical treatment; access to healthcare - preventive, diagnostic and curative treatment regardless of financial means, gender or nationality. These principles are enshrined in the European Union's Treaty and its Charter of Fundamental Rights and the EU institutions are bound to them in their actions.>>
You can expect:
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: European Commission 2013)
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10 July 2013 - The European Parliament published the decision about a more efficient future cohesion policy across the EU in 2014-2020.
<<A new "common strategic framework", will provide a single source of guidance for all five regional development funds, so as to better integrate EU policies and simplify procedures. The five funds are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund ESF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).>>
(Source: European Parliament 2013)
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”Quality in Wellness and Medical Wellness“
9-10 September 2013, Frankfurt at EuropeSpa med & wellness GmbH, Germany

Quality is a key success factor of our time especially in international health and wellness tourism. EuropeSpa – the quality seal of the European Spas Association – is the most comprehensive evaluation scheme and the only international certification system considering more than 30 national and international laws and standards covering the areas of service, safety, hygiene and infrastructure. As a spa-manager, technician, quality insurance officer, consultant, or representative of official institutions or public services you will receive an in-depth introduction to the EuropeSpa standards and the regulation it is based on.
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17 September 2013, Brussels, Belgium

The workshop will give the possibility to find out how stakeholders in different member states are dealing with the implementation of the cross-border health care directive.
Time of the Workshop: 9.30-15.30
Venue of the Workshop: MLOZ, Rue St Hubert 19, Brussels
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TERMATALIA 2013 - International Fair of Thermal Tourism
20-22 September 2013, Ourense, Spain

After reinforce its role as a THERMAL BRIDGE between Europe and America with the last edition celebrated in Peru, TERMATALIA will organize 2013 edition in the Spanish thermal capital of Ourense, where it will become again in a BUSINESS CENTER for health tourism industry, thermalism, spa or thalassotherapy.
With the participation of 20 countries, TERMATALIA will promote the exchange of experiences between different countries, from a business, social and institutional perspective, in order to obtain an overview of the sector.
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SPA-CE 2013 – Meet in Spas of Central Europe
3-5 October 2013, Sárvár, Hungary

Spa and Wellness professionals will meet again for the 5th edition of SPA-CE. Preparations are well under way. Iztok Altbauer, Director of Slovenian Spas Association and initiator of SPA-CE, invites spa and wellness providers to register and promote their services. Being proud of its health- touristic services and developments, Hungary will host this year’s event.
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European Thermal Meeting
7-8 November 2013, Enghien, France

The « Fédération Thermale et Climatique Française » (FTCF) and « Conseil National des Exploitants thermaux » (CNETh) are hosting in Enghien-les-Bains (20 km north of Paris) the European Thermal Meeting « balneotherapy in Europe: present and future » on 7 & 8 November 2013. Thursday, 7 November afternoon will be dedicated to scientific issues, namely to “the evidence in balneotherapy of rheumatic conditions” whilst more diverse topics related to balneotherapy in Europe will be addressed on Friday (education and training of professionals, organisation, regulation, funding, impact of european union rules and directive on cross-border healthcare…). Registration and all particulars concerning accommodation will be available through a dedicated website whose address will be made known to you shortly.
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Studies and Statistics
European Tourism 2013 - Trends and Prospects (Q2/2013)
<<The ETC just published the second quarterly "Trends and Prospects" report for 2013. International tourism continues to grow across Europe. This is emphasised by the fact, that out of 22 reporting countries, 19 reported growth in international arrival numbers:
Iceland and Slovakia stage the strongest performance with a surge in foreign arrivals of 30% and 20%, respectively. Montenegro, Latvia and Croatia follow with a growth around 9%, Hungary and Poland with a growth of 7%. At the other end of the spectrum, Cyprus (-12%) suffers amid the negative publicity received at the beginning of the year. Among the largest destinations, Germany and Spain post a healthy 4% on top of previous year’s positive results. The UK eventually returns to positive growth (+1%), while Italy marks a depressed -2%.
Travellers remain cost conscious and notable growth is just visible in Latvia (+9% in arrivals and +14% in overnights), Croatia (+9% and +11% respectively), Malta (+7% and +10% respectively) and Czech Republic (+3% and +4%).>>
(Source: ETC 2013)
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Health Literacy
<<As societies grow more complex and people are increasingly bombarded with health information and misinformation, health literacy becomes essential. People with strong health literacy skills enjoy better health and well-being, while those with weaker skills tend to engage in riskier behaviour and have poorer health. With evidence from the recent European Health Literacy Survey, this report identifies practical and effective ways public health and other sector authorities and advocates can strengthen health literacy in a variety of settings.>>
(Source: WHO 2013)
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Evaluation of the implementation of the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity related health issues
<<In the WHO European Region, over 50% of people are overweight or obese and noncommunicable diseases cause 77% of the disease burden. At the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020, held in Vienna, Austria, ministers of health have renewed their commitment to turning this alarming tide by adopting a declaration calling for evidence-based solutions from across the Region. WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab said: “Putting this declaration into practice will mean that Europe embarks on a new wave of policy innovation to reduce obesity and promote health.”>>
(Source: WHO 2013)
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Final Report

<<This final report provides an overview of capacity for public health in EU Member States. One of the objectives was to identify areas of action which can be taken at national and EU levels to strengthen public health capacity, and ultimately to improve population health. The review provides a snap-shot of the situation in the Member States in 2010/2011.
The results indicate great diversity in the ways that the public health function is organised and delivered in the EU. Although Member States showed large variation in the different public healthcapacity domains, a number of common strengths and weaknesses were shared across the EU.>>
(Source: EU 2013)
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UNWTO - An extra 12 million international tourists in the first four months of 2013
<<In the middle of July the WTO announced an increase of 12 million international tourists in the first four months of 2013. International tourist arrivals grew by 4.3% in the first four months of 2013 to reach a total of 298 million, up from 286 million, despite a challenging global economic environment. Europe (+5%) and the Middle East (+5%) and weaker growth in the Americas (+1%) and Africa (+2%). Whereas in European terms, Central and Eastern Europe were with 9% growth the star performer. But Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+5%) also turned in strong results.
435 million tourists expected to travel abroad during the tourism peak season>>
(Source: UNWTO 2013)
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