XXIII Annual ESPA Congress
WATER AND HEALTH
A way of Life
Domburg (The Netherlands), 23-25 May 2018


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European Spas Association
Overview
In Europe there are more than 1,200 spas and health resorts, which are medically respected health centers, and form a powerful economic unit generating significant proportions of the gross domestic product of European Union member countries.

The EU and those countries wishing to join are seeking to work together on matters of common interest. This requires a greater co-operation of the national and regional associations as well as the private sector in the field of spas and balneology.

The European Spa Association's objective is to promote spas and balneology in Europe and to take care that the natural remedies based on mineral water, landscape and climate will be available to as great number of citizens and visitors as possible.

The European Spas Association is an umbrella organization representing 20 European countries.

Invitation to the XXIII Congress of the European Spas Association
WATER AND HEALTH
A Way of Life

23rd-25th MAY 2018 DOMBURG (THE NETHERLANDS)

 

 

The European Spas Association (ESPA) and the municipality of Veere (The Netherlands) are honoured to invite you to the
XXIII annual ESPA Congress taking place in Domburg.

The purpose of the congress is to stimulate thought and discussion about innovation for the medical spas and health resorts in Europe. The key topics on the agenda of the Congress will be:
Water and Health: a way of life in a changing world - Business and future market value

 

Please note:
ESPA has an agreement with several hotels until the April 10th. Because the end of May is a busy season, chances are that accomodations are full after this date. Make sure to book in time!

 

Problems finding a hotel to stay in Domburg ? Please contact our support team: barbosa@europeanspas.eu



European Spas Association
DOMBURG
THE CONGRESS DESTINATION

DOMBURG

DISCOVER ZEELAND

 

WELCOME TO DOMBURG

 

History and culture
Domburg is the oldest seaside resort of Zeeland. Even in the Roman times there were bathing equipments. These therapies have emerged during archaeological excavation. Traditionally, Domburg was already known as a "spa". Dr. Mezger, founder of modern physiotherapy, opened a practice in Domburg in 1868 and introduced the new treatment methods. There is a special "dr. Mezger walk" set out along places, who recall of the time when the" beau monde" came to Domburg to cure. In 1984 Domburg existed 150 years as a bathing resort.

 

A natural and healthy environment
Seawater, sea air, climate and soil products all play a role in the health region status Domburg has. The seawater at Domburg has been investigated by the renowned international SGS Institute Fresenius. In summary the nature of Domburg - near the sea with his pure air and beneficial water - offers opportunities for balneo (water) therapies and thalasso applications aimed at prevention and recovery.

 

Products of local soil
A number of local products (Zeeuws), such as lambs ear, sea crust and the local oyster, have been investigated by C & C Laboratories for their beneficial effect. These products contains protective and healing ingredients.

 

Beach and nature areas
As health region the nature around Domburg is also very important. In addition to the Blue Flag, Domburg received the prelude of "Dutch cleanest beach" in 2013. The natural areas of the Manteling and Oranjezon have a protected status and are part of Natura 2000. Contact with nature has a healing effect and makes strong.

 

Activities, facilities and amenities
Domburg has a wide range of wellness and therapy options. Sand, sun and cold seawater are central element in relaxation massages and detox cures. In addition to outdoor and beach programs, there are arrangements in hotels and in a yoga center.

 

Getting there

FROM THE AIRPORTS TO MIDDELBURG


From Airport Schiphol Amsterdam
from Airport Schiphol Amsterdam by train to Middelburg (change in Rotterdam or in den Haag Station): 2h - 2h30min.

From Airport Schiphol Amsterdam
from Airport Rotterdam by train to Middelburg: 2h

From Airport Eindhoven
from Airport Einhoven by train to Middelburg (change in Best, Hortogenbusch, Roosendaal): 3h

From Airport Zaventem Brussels
from Airport Zaventem Brussels by train to Middelburg (change in Roosendaal): 2h

 

FROM MIDDELBURG TO DOMBURG (and from DOMBURG TO MIDDELBURG) BY THE TRANSFER SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE CONGRESS ORGANISATION

(see Terms and Conditions of the Transfers service on the Registration Form)

 

From Middleburg Train Station to Domburg
Wednesday, May 23rd at 12h00 and 16h00 

 

From Domburg to Middleburg Train Station
Saturday, May 26th at 9h00 and 11h00
(Transfers at any times other than those below will not be paid by the organisation and are at your discretion)

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM MIDDELBURG TO DOMBURG

 

By Taxi
a taxi between Middelburg and Domburg costs about 40 euro.

 

By Bus
check the schedule on https://www.connexxion.nl/zoek

Water & Health - a way of life
Programme

We would like to invite you to our next congress to Holland, to Zeeland Domburg.

Domburg is the oldest seaside resort of Zeeland. A natural and healthy environment.
Seawater, sea air, climate and soil products all play a role in the health region status Domburg has.

The jury of the Green Destination top 100 have designated 2018 the four QualityCoast areas in the Dutch Delta, namely Veere (Domburg, Goeree-Overflakkee, Schouwen-Duivenland and Westvoorne, the best sustainable coastal destination worldwide!

Moreover, the four municipalities also jointly received a shared first Public Prize for best sustainable destination in general.

The Dutch Delta Region is characterized by unique nature reserves, seals, porpoises, deer, flamingos and other special birds. Pristine wide beaches and dune areas alternate with one another and Blue flags flutter on the beaches and marinas bordering the North Sea. These areas are renowned for their very clean bathing water. The areas in the Dutch Delta stand out for their ecological sustainability and are fully committed to sustainable developments. All four areas have received a Quality Coast Award.

 

WEDNESDAY, 23rd May
City Hall (Gemeente Veere) Traverse 1 – Domburg, Direction windmill
12h00

Meeting of the QuHEP – Quality in Health Prevention

14h00

Meeting of the Jury of the ESPA Innovation Awards 2018

15h00

ESPA Board Meeting (separate invitation)

15h30

Meeting of the ESPA Medical Research Working Group

17h30

Biketour with the major of Veere, Mr. drs. R.J. van der Zwaag

18h30 Welcome and Get together dinner in the “Hof klein Duinvliet”, Domburgseweg 48

 

Thursday 24th May - City Hall, Traverse 1 - Domburg, Direction windmill
7h30-8h30

Optional: wake up yoga session at the beach or magnetic field therapy

9h30-10h30

City Hall - Opening ceremony with the traditional Flag Parade, Greetings

Opening Session by the commissary of the King, Mr. Drs. J.M.M. Polman

The mayor of the municipality of Veere, Mr. drs. R.J. van der Zwaag gives a presentation of the Dutch ESPA members: Municipality Veere, Bad Nieuweschans, Cadzand en HZ University of Applied Sciences.

Traditional Flag Parade

HEALTH – A WAY OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD
Section 1: New methods in health tourism

11h00-11h30

1. Prof. Dr. Olaf Timmermans
Health benefits of living and recreating in a coastal area: health and business opportunities using natural assets

11h30-11h50

2. Claudia Wagner
Which product are booming and why - result is important! By FIT Reisen Tour Operator

11h50-12h10

3. Tobias Bielenstein
Managing Health Destinations: Methods to Face Competition

12h10-12h30

4. Dr. Karin Lehmann
The first official healing and therapeutic forest in Europa. The green pharmacy

12h30-13h30 Lunch

Section 2: Health and Innovation

13h30-13h50

1. Prof Dr. Christian Roques
Epidemiological survey of ESPA - first result

13h50-14h10

2. Joachim Lieber
Quality in Health Prevention - The European network for Health Tourism and Prevention! Strategy & Best Practises

14h10-14h30

EU support - healthy lifestyle

14h30-14h50

4.   Silvia  Giannini
New solutions in the spa architecture and design under aspect of sustainability

14h50-15h10

5. Dennis Spronk
The Health benefits of a plant-bases whole food diet

15h00-15h30

Coffee break

 

INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES

15h30-16h10

1.Presentation of the TOP 10 - ESPA Innovation Award winners

16h10-16h30

2. The growing market: China. The chance for Spas in Europe

16h30-17h00

3. Camille Hoheb
The guest experience and the five key elements that are important to the wellness traveler

19h00-00h00

"A ROYAL NIGHT OUT’ with GALA DINNER and the ESPA Innovation Awards Ceremony at Badpaviljoen

Badpaviljoen in Domburg opened in 1889 and has a very rich history. Here you could find the blooming artist circle and also the rich local nobility, Russian princes and German princesses. They came to this mondaine resort to enjoy the healthy sea air in Domburg. The European nobility also came to Domburg to visit the famous Dr. Metzger. He treated many spa tourist and is seen as the founder of the current physical therapy.

VIDEO Discover Zeeland

Inspired by the movie "A Royal Night Out" we will organize a 50 Gala by the name "A Royal Night Out with ESPA". This very much suits the mondaine character of the Badpaviljoen.

 

Friday 25th May - Museum Veere, Kaai 25, Veere
07h30-8h15

Optional: Beach walking tour and treatments in Badhotel/Meztger Lodges (twelve rules)

8h30-9h00

Sightseeing bustour to Veere
Bus starts from Bad Hotel at 8.30 – only one transfer

9h15-10h30

General Assembly ESPA

10h30-11h00

Coffee-Break

Section 3: Business and future market value

11h00-11h20

1. Marleen van Griensven
Trends in nowadays wellbeing guests by Puurenkuur leading Touroperator in Holland

11h20-11h40

2. Mike Wallace
Effective HR systems in spa operations and the importance of HR management for spas

11h40-12h00

3. Kris Hoet
Digital Marketing

12h00-12h30

4. Herman Lier
Innovative Business Model Canvas transformation

12h30-12h45

Closing Session of the ESPA Congress

12h45-13h45

Lunch at historical Veere at De Werf

13h45-14h45

Freetime in Veere

14h45-15h15

Transfer to Neeltje Jans

15h30-17h00

Excursion Deltawerken
the final program is also a big attraction of Hollands professional Knowledge, we invite our guest to visit the Deltawerk

17h00-17h30

Transfer Vertrek to Seafarm

17h30-20h00

Dinner by Seafarm

20h00-20h30

Transfer to Domburg

 

 

Special location and Background:

The seawater at Domburg has been investigated by the renowned international SGS Institute Fresenius. In summary the nature of Domburg - near the sea with his pure air and beneficial water – offers opportunities for balneo (water) therapies and thalasso applications aimed at prevention and recovery. Even in the Roman times there were bathing equipments. Dr. Mezger, founder of modern physiotherapy, opened a practice in Domburg in 1868 and introduced the new treatment methods. Domburg has the ambition to grow into an internationally qualified vitality and wellness destination. The ESPA congress Domburg in 2018 is a valuable addition and for many members of the European Spas Association a first acquaintance with Domburg, Zeeland and perhaps the Netherlands!

Discover the 125 years practice in the healthy Resort and learn from our Dutch and international Experts of health tourism and medical Spas! Stay with us on 23-25. May 2018!

Programme1

 

Excursion Delta Works

The Delta Works, consisting of 13 sections, together form the largest flood protection system in the world and are definitely worth a visit. This imposing project, also referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world, illustrates how the Dutch deal with water. Furthermore, they lie in a gorgeous environment with wonderful beaches, beautiful nature and many culinary spots.

The Delta Works - incorporating among others a storm surge barrier, dikes, dams and sluice gates - have much to offer for everyone who wishes to see

how the Dutch deal with and protect themselves against the waters. The main attraction of the Delta Works is the Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier, a unique flood protection construction of 8 kilometers in length, that can shut off the entire Eastern Scheldt in 75 minutes. This ingenious system of 62 enormous sliding gates is meant to prevent a disastrous flood like the one in 1953. The gates are open during normal weather, preserving the marine tide nature and allowing delicious oysters to still be cultivated and Eastern Scheldt lobster to still be caught today.

Deltapark Neeltje Jans, a water theme park on an island in the middle of the Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier, is a place where you can enjoy gorgeous nature, culture and technology. You can also visit the Delta Experience there, where you will learn everything about the notorious North Sea Flood of 1953. It?s an absolute must-do when visiting the Delta Works.

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Discover 150 years of healthy practices in Domburg and get inspired by our dutch and international experts on health tourism and medical spas.
Stay with us on 23-25. May 2018!

 

European Spas Association
Speakers

Claudia Wagner

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Dennis Spronk

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Herman Lier

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Joachim Lieber

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karin lehmann

Karin Lehmann

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Marleen Van Griensven

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Mike Wallace

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Olaf Timmermans (Prof.Dr.)

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Silvia Giannini

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Tobias Bielenstein

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Christian Roques

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Camille Hoheb

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Kris Hoet

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European Spas Association
Registration
Deadline for Hotel Reservation: April 10th
office@europeanspas.eu


Please note:
ESPA has an agreement with several hotels until the April 10th. Because the end of May is a busy season, chances are that accomodations are full after this date. Make sure to book in time!

Problems finding a hotel to stay in Domburg? Please contact our support team: barbosa@europeanspas.eu
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