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18 May 2017
Members of European Spa Association gather in Italy for annual Congress

The 22nd annual European Spa Association (ESPA) Congress took place last week in Rome and Tivoli Terme, Italy, bringing together representatives from spa associations across Europe along with scientists, industry representatives and suppliers, to discuss the theme of ‘Innovation for medical spas and health resorts in Europe.’

ESPA is an umbrella organisation representing members from 19 European countries, with a goal to promote spas and balneology in Europe. Throughout the event, there was talk of uniting the different member countries’ spa associations to better fund and promote scientific research into the benefits of balneology.

Trends in preventative healthcare, innovations, financing, regulations, research and marketing were all discussed over the two-day conference, held at the Palazzo Cardinal Cesi in Rome and the Hotel Victoria Terme in Tivoli Terme.

The event got underway with a flag parade, with members of each country represented taking part, and included a gala dinner, where winners of the ESPA Innovation Awards announced.

Research topics included the effect of mud bath therapy on osteoarthritis of the knee – both from a pain management and a cost-effectiveness perspective; key findings on how medical doctors view balneology therapy in Italy; how children can use medical spas; and how spas can map their water’s unique “DNA” profile.

The annual event is held in a different European member country each year; next year’s ESPA Congress will take place in The Netherlands.


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16 Oct 2017
Harmsworth receives ISPA Visionary Award
Sue Harmsworth, chair and founder of ESPA International, was awarded the ISPA Visionary Award this morning (16 October) at the International Spa Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.
16 Oct 2017
ISPA attendees donate to Las Vegas first responders
Delegates at the ISPA conference at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas have started collecting donations for those who were first to respond to the worst mass shooting in modern US history.
16 Oct 2017
Bounce founder named top franchisor at Best Business Women Awards
Kimberlee Perry, founder of trampolining fitness group Bounce, has been named as the UK’s Best Franchisor at the Best Business Women Awards 2017.
16 Oct 2017
Eddie The Eagle to open SIBEC EU 2017
Ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards has been announced as the keynote speaker for SIBEC EU in Spain next month.
16 Oct 2017
Nygren, Jacobs, Bach, Moorefield, Schwartzberg honoured at Global Wellness Summit
Top industry leaders were honoured at the Global Wellness Summit held last week at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
09 Oct 2017
Location revealed for Spatec Europe 2018
Details have been revealed of the 12th edition of Spatec Europe, to be held from 20 to 23 June 2018.
05 Oct 2017
New degree in theme park design to be launched as SATE kicks off in Los Angeles
A new degree dedicated to experience design and themed entertainment is being launched today at the launch of the latest SATE (storytelling, architecture, technology and experience) conference in Los Angeles, California.
04 Oct 2017
Bob Rogers reveals lineup for 2017 IAAPA Legends Panel
Some of the attractions industry’s brightest minds will come together next month for an open panel discussion about the creative process and challenges involved with turning the world’s most popular IPs into real-life places.
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