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AN OVERVIEW OF NATIONAL SPA ASSOCIATIONS WORLDWIDE


Description: The National Spa Association of Lithuania has 21 spa operator members and was formed in 2007 to regulate marketing, set treatment standards and educate on the benefits of spa. It was instrumental in getting the country’s Ministry of Health to develop official documentation to clarify and standardise the method of application for mud and mineral treatments. In collaboration with the Lithuanian Resort Association, it builds awareness of spas by participating in European trade shows and events.


THE NETHERLANDS


Dutch Spa and Wellness Association Postbus 130, 3130 AC, Vlaardingen, Holland T: +31 10 841 60 30 E: info@dswa.nl www.dswa.nl Country represented: the Netherlands Description: DSWA originated from the Dutch Spa Association collaborating with three other industry organisations for beauty (ANBOS), catering (KHN) and recreation (RECRON). The association has a quality certification for spas and it works with schools to create a good training structure for the industry.


POLAND


Association of Polish Spa Communities Ul Czarny Potok 27/25, 33-380 Krynca-Zdroj, Poland T: +48 18 477 74 50 E: biuro@sgurp.pl www.sgurp.pl Country represented: Poland Description: This association supports, educates and protects the Polish spa industry and promotes its high quality spa tourism services throughout Europe.


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Portuguese Spas Association (ATP) Av Miguel Bombarda, No 110, 2 Dt, 1050-167 Lisbon, Portugal T: +351 217 940 574/05 www.termasdeportugal.pt Country represented: Portugal Description: ATP was established in 1996 as a result of a restructuring of the national mineral/medicinal water association. With 38 associate members, it seeks to promote and develop the country’s thermal water sources and spas technically, economically and socially.


ROMANIA


The Organisation of Spa Owners in Romania (OPTBR) 2 Traian Street, Bl F1, 3rd District, Bucharest 030574, Romania T: +40 21 322 01 88 E: optbr@bluescreen.ro www.romanian-spas.ro Country represented: Romania Description: OPTBR was set up in 1993 by representatives of the main health resorts in Romania in a bid to promote the spa sector to domestic and international tourists. It has 62 members, representing almost all of the spas in the country.


RUSSIA


National Guild of Spa Experts Ulischa Kamchatskaya 8/2/14, Moscow 107065, Russia T: +7 495 226 4289 E: info@russiaspas.ru www.russiaspas.com Country represented: Russia Description: This non-profit organisation was launched in 2004 to develop the spa


industry in Russia. It has two committees – one which oversees spa training courses and another focused on marketing.


Spa & Wellness International Council (SWIC) 21-5 Krassina Street, Moscow 123056, Russia T: +7 495 764 0203 E: elena@spapriori.ru www.1swic.ru Regions represented: Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States Description: The SWIC had a pivotal role in getting the Russian government to pass a law in January which puts an end to body treatments, facials and pedicures being classified as medical procedures. This means that spas, except for those which offer hydrotherapy, no longer need a medical licence or doctor on-site to operate. The ruling is seen as a breakthrough for the growing Russian spa industry and is just one example of how SWIC is living up to its mission to help develop the sector.


SERBIA


Serbian Spas Association Vrnjacka Banja 12A, Belgrade 36210, Serbia T: +381 36 611 110 E: udruzenjebanja@gmail.com www.serbianspas.org Country represented: Serbia Description: The Serbian Spas Association was established in 2010 as a successor to the Association of Spas and Resorts in Serbia that had been in existence since 1970s. Its role is to oversee the improvement and preservation of traditional mineral spa resorts known as banjas. It also brings together local government and health institutions in spas and schools that educate in the fields of balneology, tourism and hydrogeology.


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