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ESPA INNOVATION AWARDS 2018 - WINNERS

On Thursday, May 24, in Domburg (The Netherlands) over 130 European Spas & Health Tourism professionals from 20 countries, gathered to celebrate Innovation.
Date: 2 May’18

#ESPAInnovationAwards2018

The ESPA Innovation Awards reflects the ESPA aim of “to stimulate exchange of experience, best practice and know-how”. ESPA created this Innovation Awards for destinations, facilities or initiatives that represent “innovation” in the true sense of the word; that is, the development of a new, more creative or more effective approach to any aspect of spas and health resorts.

The Winners of the ESPA Innovation Awards 2018 were presented during the ESPA Annual Congress Dinner Gala.

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THE WINNERS

Category INNOVATIVE SPA & HEALTH RESORT DESTINATION
STAATSBAD PYRMONT (Germany)
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www.badpyrmont.de/en/

“Bad Pyrmont is a developing destination, located near Hannover – in terms of investments and offered services in the spa and medical spa sector. Bad Pyrmont owes its international reputation to local resources - natural peat, natural healing resources (brine and ferrous) and natural carbon dioxide (CO2 source gas). With its medical / therapeutic competence and the natural ways of cure and relaxation methods, the destination offers the optimum conditions for visitors for healthy lifestyle and regeneration. The application was very convincing by showing innovation with a perspective of a traditional Spa / Cure Resort. The way of city/resort/health product development and using promotion tools are updated for the current travel decisions. Bad Pyrmont aims several target groups without neglecting the essentials of a traditional spa resort and the main attraction of using natural remedies. This application has shown that innovation and rethinking are very well compatible with a traditional spa city character by focusing on customer loyalty and targeting new costumer. Extra bonuses in the application were for the ideas of sustainability by promotion.” Report of the Jury

 

Category INNOVATIVE MEDICAL SPA
LA ROCHE POSAY (France)
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www.thermes-larocheposay.fr/en/

“The project is innovative as they are trying to defend the Thermal water resource: it is an example to be followed by many Thermal cities were the use of water is very intense and it is causing stability problems to the soil. Simple, but efficient methods are used. With the new approach they need only 1 % of the water to maintain the system clean.” Report of the Jury

Category INNOVATIVE SPA HOTEL
PALANGA SPA LIFE BALANCE HOTEL (Lithuania)
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www.palangahotel.lt

We appreciate when new investments pay attention not only to the trendy and luxury interior, comfort and harmony of natural materials, but also with the same focus to the basis of the health program and the basic element of the local natural remedies. The impression of the jury was that in the Palanga Spa Life Balance Hotel the mineral water of Palanga and the medical spa have not been lost on attention to the high quality of the facilities and design. The natural remedies – mineral water, mud, fresh seaside air - valued and used as an integral part of the professional spa services. The shorter stays to get familiar with health programs will be complemented at Palange Hotel with the 10-14-day medically conceived health programs that deal special health problems using the local natural remedies on a high level atmosphere for high spending clients and focusing on healing by nature. The European Spas Association makes lots effort to include the importance of local remedies in the concept of modern spa programs and not to lose this focus. Palanga Spa Life Balance Hotel has realized this endeavor well and combined perfectly with nature and design.Report of the Jury

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA COMPLEX
AQUAHOUSE THERMAL & BEACH (Bulgaria)
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aquahouse.bg/en/

Aqua House in Varna symbolizes a milestone in Bulgaria for Spa tourism and definitely also in the region outside the national borders. The location and quality of the Thermal spa complex in the most traditional seaside resort of Bulgaria is very impressive.
Healing power of mineral water and sea water and the climate, sun – all elements of the local natural remedies are natural features in the oldest Bulgarian seaside resort on the Black Sea. In Aqua House on 6000 m2 thermal bath with 14 Mineral water pools is a concept with the highest quality of comfort and design succeeded in a prime location. The EIA jury appreciates the emphasis on an independent prevention and wellness area, where local remedies are in spa menu offers and medical professionals are available for medical consultation and treatment.Unfortunately, this attitude is more and more rarely seen in modern spa facilities. This award has another reason, as we are convinced that this investment in all other EU countries would only have been built or realized by public investment. For this reason, the jury has particularly appreciated the Aqua House in Varna, as the concern of the European Spas Association is based on the medical spa facilities and also the high-quality treatments in medical spa centers as main focus of the ESPA activities. This unique initiative as a private investment will influence further quality-oriented developments in the whole region of Varna and Black Sea coast”
Report of the Jury

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA CONCEPT
DR. SPILLER GmbH – Summer Glow (Germany)
www.dr-spiller.com/en

Luxurious anti-aging and anti-pollution sun protection formulas and hydrating products that help the skin regenerate. Report of the Jury

 

Category INNOVATIVE HEALTH SPA PROGRAMME
TERME DI CHIANCIANO & UPMC - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Italy)
Programme: "A healthy lifestyle program in a thermal setting"
www.termechianciano.it
www.upmcchianciano.it

“Chianciano mineral water is one of the most well known healing waters in Italy. It has always been very renowned for  its extremely beneficial effects on liver diseases. Originally it was mainly a drinking therapy that needed long time to be spent in Chianciano: this became incompatible with hectic life and it took a while to Chianciano Municipality to reorganize itself, but now they are in the right track”. Report of the Jury

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA RESEARCH & EDUCATION
OFFICINA DEL BENESSERE RIVA DEGLI ETRUSCHI (Italy)
Research on "Thermal spa therapy inrecurrent respiratory infections in children"
Md. Fausto Bonsignori
Md. Attilio Varricchio
Md. Enrico Ascione
www.officinadelbenessereriva.com

“The study     demonstrate the possibility of using Thermal-spa inhalation for the prevention and care.  Research on the bacterial biofilm present in the upper airways. Extremely innovative.  /still not published /. Methods are effective.” Report of the Jury

 

 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZES:

The jury also recognized the quality and merit of six other applications and decided to award them with a SPECIAL JURY PRIZE.

 

Category INNOVATIVE MEDICAL SPA
YUNOST HEALTH RESORT (Belarus)
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http://yunost.by/

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA CONCEPT
GHARIENI GmbH – Spa Wave (Germany)
www.gharieni.com

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA CONCEPT
NONAME COMPANY (Italy)
www.noname-group.com/home-2/

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA RESEARCH & EDUCATION
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY „PROF. DR. PARASKEV STOYANOV“ VARNA (Bulgaria)
Master Programme „Rehabilitation, Thalassotherapy, Wellness & Spa
www.mu-varna.bg

 

 

FINALISTS:

The jury also recognized the quality of four other applications and decided to award them with a FINALIST certificate.

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA & HEALTH RESORT DESTINATION
CALDAS DA RAINHA (Portugal)
https://bit.ly/2IQ098x

 

Category INNOVATIVE MEDICAL SPA
CALDAS DA FELGUEIRA (Portugal)
www.termasdafelgueira.pt

 

Category INNOVATIVE MEDICAL SPA
ANA ASLAN HEALTH SPA (Romania)
www.anahotels.ro/europa/spa/default-en.html

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA RESEARCH & EDUCATION
DR. KARIN LEHMANN (Germany)
„Cure and Healing Forest in Europe“

 

Category INNOVATIVE SPA RESEARCH & EDUCATION
CAMILLE HOHEB (United States of America)
„Wellness Tourism Chapter, The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism“
www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com

 

BEST MEDIA PARTNERS:

In recognition of the outstanding PR & Communications campaign promoting the ESPA Innovation Awards 2018.

 

AQUAE - L'Officiel, Eau, Santé & Bien-Être (France)
www.aquae-officiel.fr

 

DESPRESPA (ABOUT SPA) (Romania)
www.aboutspa.ro

 

BEST ESPA MEMBER PROMOTING THE ESPA INNOVATION AWARDS 2018:

In recognition of the outstanding PR & Communications campaign promoting the ESPA Innovation Awards 2018.

DHV - Deutscher Heilbaederverband e.V (German Spas Association) (Germany)
www.deutscher-heilbaederverband.de

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