• May 2012
Editorial

This newsletter is published right before the 17th Congress of ESPA, which will take place from Tuesday the 15th until Friday the 18th of May 2012 in Jurmala, Latvia. We are very pleased to be in the biggest seaside resort of this lovely country and discuss with experts of about 20 European countries the actual topics of the European Spas business. After our congress in 2010 we are proud to announce that we will have again an official representative of the Tourism Unit of the European Commission.

Besides the different congress parts, we will have on the 17th of May, in the afternoon, 3 workshops with the subjects: Thalassotherapy, Natural Mineral Water and Peloids. After the official end of the congress on Thursday evening, the 1st workshop of the ESPA Academy will take place on Friday the 18th of May 2012.The topic is: "Quality aspects in Spa Facilities".

Besides these events we will elect in Jurmala a new Board of ESPA, which will be in charge for the next 4 years until 2016.

This gives me the opportunity to thank the "ESPA family" for the common work and experiences in the last 4 years. A lot of activities have been undertaken and new project realized.
Those tasks which could not be completed will have to be driven forward by ESPA's next President and Board. I wish my successor full success and good luck for this demanding function.

Enjoy the news and information of this official newsletter.

I remain with
my best regards.


Dr. Sigrun Lang,
President
News | The Association
ITB 2012 – 2.HEALTH AND WELLNESS MEDIA DAYS
ESPA Press Conference
Berlin, 8th March 2012
Organisation: Contact & Creation, FIT Reisen
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JÜRMALA IS READY TO HOST THE 17TH EUROPEAN SPAS ASSOCIATION CONGRESS
The Congress convenes every year and brings together the Europe’s leading Spa professionals to present the latest advances and developments in this field.

The Congress will have 14 lectures covering all the aspects of the Spa industry such as Development of Tourism in the EU, Health prevention in European Spas, Economic aspects in the Spa Business, New tendencies in SPA and Wellness Tourism. Details »
NEW ESPA MEMBER
SCALDIS ACADEMY (THE NETHERLANDS)
HZ University of Applied Sciences has recently decided to create a new academy – SCALDIS ACADEMY – which focuses on Coastal Business, including coastal vitality and wellness. Details »
WORLD WATER DAY
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
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MEETING OF THE ISO WG2 PG THALASSOTHERAPY
Proposal for WG2 Plenary meeting in Korea, 21 May 2012

ESPA through the project manager Reinhard Petry attended the thirdmeeting of the working group ISO/TC228/WG2/PG Thalassotherapy held on the 28th and 29th February in Tunis, Tunisia. Details »
News | ESPA Members
ITALY
Oapening Spa 2012 – Thermal Welfare Itineraries
Thermal welfare itineraries is the topic chosen for the cycle of events belonging to Open Spas that will be realized during the year 2012. They were introduced in 2009 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Federterme Constitution, occurred in 1919, the events of Open Spas were carried out in 2010, with dedication to the thermal cities and in 2011 with the celebration of the 150th (1861-2011) anniversary, to commemorate the greatest protagonists of the Italian scientific and thermal Resurgence.
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SPAIN
Centenary of the creation of the Chair of Medical Hydrology of the Universidade Complutense de Madrid (UCM).
The academic community and the spa industry gathered on the 17th April, at the Universidade Complutense de Madrid to celebrate the centenary of the Chair of Medical Hydrology (1912-2012), in a ceremony organized by the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Medical Hydrology of the UCM Medical School with the collaboration of ANBAL (Spanish Spa Association). Details »
SLOVAKIA
Outstanding: Trenčianske Teplice awarded with EuropeSpa med
The Slovakian health resort Trenčianske Teplice now acquired the EuropeSpa Med seal from the European Spas Association (ESPA). The international seal is awarded to healthcare providers in Europe, which prove highest standards of quality and safety within an audit of several days' duration. During the audit, EuropeSpa experts scrutinised the treatment centres from all angles – from the planning and execution of treatment to the medical personnel’s training and expertise. The official handover of the certificate was attended by Dr. Janka Zálešáková, the president of the Slovakian Spas Association. Details »
LITHUANIA
Birštonas Resort Days in Saint Petersburg
An event "Birštonas resort days in Saint Petersburg" was held in Saint Petersburg on April 4-7. During its stay in Saint Petersburg the official delegation of Birštonas resort led by mayor of the Birštonas Municipality Nijolė Dirginčienė visited the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania and met with consular Aušra Semaškienė. Details »
PORTUGAL
New Board of Directors of ATP elected
The general-assembly of ATP (Termas de Portugal) elected on April, 12, its new Board of Directors for the three-year period 2012/2014. Teresa Vieira, representing Termas de S. Jorge (30km south from Porto) was re-elected President of ATP. Details »
News | Miscellaneous
CALYPSO - Implementation of the CALYPSO platform
The project STEEP was selected by the European Commission to develop the Calypso web platform, following an evaluation of the proposals received concerning the 2011 Call "Promoting Social Tourism in Europe through the Development of a Demand-Supply Web-Based Platform" (22/G/ENT/TOU/11/511B). Seven partners from Belgium, Spain, Italy and France form part of this project, which will run for 15 months from April 2012 to June 2013. It is expected that the web platform becomes self-sustaining thereafter. Details »
A New Call for Proposal
Financing for Calypso ended in 2011, being a three year preparatory action (2009-11).
Nevertheless, in view of the success and interest in the initiatives undertaken to date, a decision was taken to seek additional possible avenues to finance Calypso related exchanges in 2012 too. Details »
TERMATALIA 2012 - Termatalia Peru “Water and Nature” will take place between 28th and 30th of September 2012 in the center Real Felipe del Callao, Lima
Termatalia Peru, opportunities for european companies
The fair culminate its character of themal bridge between Europe and Latin America with the celebration of the Project "Water and Nature" which will take place in Lima between 28th and 30th September. Details »
FIT HEALTH & WELLNESS AWARDS 2012
Best Health & Spa Resort
Hotel Európa Fit****Superior
Bad Hévíz, Hungary. Details »
EUROPEAN UNION
Open Consultation on the European Tourism Label for Quality Systems Initiative. Details »
Events
EU e-HEALTH WEEK
7 - 9 May 2012, COPENHAGEN, Denmark

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THERMALIA 2012 Salon of Thermal Bath Tourism
10-13 May, RIMINI, Italy

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4th SERBIAN SPA CONGRESS
15-16 May, VRNJACKA BANJA, Serbia

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CONFERENCE CROSS-BORDER HEALTHCARE IN EUROPE
30th May, BRUSSELS, Belgium
Towards Clarity, Quality and Synergy between Member States.

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8th BEAUTY EURASIA EXHIBITION
14-16 June, ISTAMBUL, Turkey

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XXI CONGRESS OF THE POLISH HEALTH RESORTS
17-19 June, SZCZAWNICA, Poland

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38th ISMH World Congress
20-23 June, LANJARÓN, Spain

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EUROPE NOW
27-30 September, TORONTO, Canada
Beauty, Health & Fashion Show

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TERMATALIA 2012 - Perú
28-30 September, LIMA, Peru

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4th ANFAS HETEX
01-03 November, ANTALYA, Turkey
Health, Spa&Wellness, Thalasso, Thermal and Medical Tourism Exhibition

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Studies
CIRCULATORY DISEASES
Causes of death (COD) among the over-65 age-group are of increasing significance in European mortality statistics. A dramatic change in the nature of health care over the past century has resulted in longer life spans, but also greater prevalence of chronic illnesses.
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