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ESPA European Spas Association
FEBRUARY 2019
ESPA CONGRESS 2019
ESPA CONGRESS 2019
We are delighted to invite you to attend the 24th European Spas Association Congress (ESPA), in Terme Tuhelj Art & Spa, Croatia, a green and healthy resort with thermal water and healing mud spring in the region of "Legend and fairytales", from 8-10. May 2019.

For registration to the Congress and Hotel Well booking please contact:
office@europeanspas.eu

The theme of the congress "SECRETS OF LIFE BALANCE - A LIFE FULL OF WELL BEING" was chosen to address two major challenges in the field of health, tourism as in health tourism to improve medical spa care and reduce the seasonality in many regions in Europe.

The congress will address cutting edge topics through presentation, roundtable debates and networking. Priority will be given to proposals that report on new methods and tools in marketing, innovation, education, market research, cooperation in international aspects.

Listen Yourself, Experience Terme Tuhelj

Presentation: Listen Yourself, Experience Terme Tuhelj
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ESPA INNOVATION AWARDS 2019
Are you innovative ?
Spa Destination; Medical Spa; Spa Hotel; Spa Concept; Health Spa Programme; Spa Product; Spa Education Programme
Win an ESPA Innovation Award and get international recognition.
APPLY NOW !
Deadline for applications: April 30

Download the Application Form and other documentation here
   NEWS
APPROVAL OF NEW ESPA STATUTES
APPROVAL OF NEW ESPA STATUTES
The ESPA General Assembly that took place in Varna (Bulgaria) approved the new statutes of the Association. From now on ESPA is open to a new category of members – Advisory Members - related with the use or promotion of natural healing resources for therapeutic or preventive purposes.
Tourism For Growth and Jobs Manifesto
TOURISM FOR GROWTH AND JOBS MANIFESTO
On January 24, 2019 the General Assembly of Tourism For Growth and Jobs Manifesto had a historical theme on the agenda. In the new EU budget plan the European Parliament approved a contribution to sustainable tourism with EUR 300 million Euro.
QUHEP in China - Mutual Cooperation China-Euro Hot Spring & SPA Health Industry
QUHEP IN CHINA - Mutual Cooperation China-Europe Hot Spring & SPA Health Industry
The Hon. Secretary General of ESPA, President of QuHep Mr.Joachim Lieber delivered a speech "Mutual Cooperation about pushing China-Euro Hot Spring & SPA Health Industry".

Mr.Lieber has introduced the development history, current condition and marketing consumption condition of Europe Hot Spring & SPA. He said that Europe is paying high attention to Hot Spring & SPA's health and hygiene, to increase the product and service quality by issuing Hot Spring & SPA's criteria. Mr. Lieber said that strengthening the cooperation between China and Europe, will push together the development of the Hot Spring & SPA industry from both ends.
EUROPESPA
EUROPESPA IN CHINA
At the beginning of February EuropeSpa will carry out a EuropeSpa quality audit of a 5 stars Hotel near the City of Zhuhai. This will be the first evaluation of a hotel facility in China. In case of a successful audit the certification will be carried out during the VIP Meeting "New Trends in Health Tourism" (see Agenda).
ESPA Innovation Awards
ESPA INNOVATION AWARDS
An official prize giving ceremony, took place at Aquahouse Thermal & Beach, proud winner of the ESPA Innovation Awards, category Innovative SPA Complex 2018, awarded last May at the Gala Awards in Domburg, Holland.

In the photo, from left to right: Siyka Katsarova (ESPA Vice-President and Coordinator of the ESPA Innovation Awards), Guunlaugur Jónsson (ESPA 1st Vice-President and Chairman of the Jury), Silvia Rumenova (General Manager at AquaHouse Thermal & Beach) and Thierry Dubois (ESPA President).
VIDEO OF SPA-CE 10th B2B EXPERIENCE OF SPA AND WELLNESS TOURISM TRADE SHOW
VIDEO OF SPA-CE 10th B2B EXPERIENCE OF SPA AND WELLNESS TOURISM TRADE SHOW
Portoroz (Slovenia), October 21-24
Natural and Thermal Spas from Central Europe, Wellness Hotels, Health Resorts and Spa Centres, Wellness services providers, Tourist Destinations with Spa offers, providers of Cosmetic and Medical Services & Equipment presented their offer and establish new business contacts. Come and join this Special Business Show in 2019.
   AGENDA
HTI-INTERNATIONAL MEDITERRANEAN TOURISM MARKET CONFERENCE
HTI-INTERNATIONAL MEDITERRANEAN TOURISM MARKET CONFERENCE
Tel Aviv (Israel), February 12-13
200 conference participants, 25.000 visitors, more than 50 Israeli and CIS medical buyers, delegations from 12 countries, and over 30 Israeli and CIS countries’s private hospitals are expected to be present at this event. We believe this HTI-IMTM conference could be an important potential market for ESPA members.

HTI special offer for ESPA members:
  • to have ESPA collaterals at the HTI 12m2 booth in the IMTM Medical Tourism area
  • Offer 20% discounts to ESPA members for the HTI packages
  • Continuing visibility via HTI online and offline marketing tools
  • having one of the main Topic Medical Spas in the HTI News magazine
Details on www.imtm-telaviv.com/Program/HTIConference.aspx
VIDEO OF SPA-CE 10th B2B EXPERIENCE OF SPA AND WELLNESS TOURISM TRADE SHOW
INTERNATIONAL 2-DAYS TRAINING COURSE "QUALITY IN WELLNESS AND SPA"
IHK Potsdam - Berlin (Germany), March 4-5
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.
ITB VIP Meeting with lectures: New Trends in Health Tourism
ITB VIP MEETING WITH LECTURES: "NEW TRENDS IN HEALTH TOURISM"
Berlin (Germany), March 6
Seminar ITB together with BÜKFÜRDÖ THERMAL SPA (Hungary) in the ibis Hotel Quhep will carry out a "VIP Event" for 50 invited experts. László BOROS will speak about s trategies with natural remedies using the example of the Bükfürdö Thermal Spa and the expert for booking platforms, Markus HELLER (CEO Dr. Fried & Partner), will present the results of a comprehensive study about future client behaviour in booking travels with regard on health tourism aspects.

Location: Ibis Hotel Berlin Messe, Messedamm 10, 14057 Berlin

Date: 6 March 2019, 3:30 pm

Registration and more info www.quhep.org/itb-meeting-2019
ITB 2019 - MEDICAL TOURISM PAVILLION
ITB 2019 - MEDICAL TOURISM PAVILLION
Berlin (Germany), March 6-10
This year the European Medical Spas sector is again presented by ESPA at the Medical Tourism Pavillion - Hall 21B - booth 214E - uniting stakeholders of the European medical spa and balneology industry regarding quality aspects and provide health care services in Europe.

Information about prevention, rehabilitation and attractions by natural remedies will be provided from Lower Saxony, Germany, by La Medicine Thermale from France and from the leading health resorts in Bulgaria. ESPA has a new partner from Deggendorf Institute of Technology,  representing Medical Tourism Management studies.

Please contact us for meeting in the business corner: office@europeanspa.eu

Panel discussion, presentation corner: Travel agent or social media can have the greater influence on travel decisions by health oriented travelers.

You can meet and learn from the ”Corporate Health Award“ winner and to try some treatments with mud and roses.

Details about the Medical Tourism pavillion
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