The European Spas Association (ESPA) and the municipality of Veere (The Netherlands) are honoured to invite you to the
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
(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)
a taxi between Middelburg and Domburg costs about 40 euro.
check the schedule on https://www.connexxion.nl/zoek
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|
|15h00||ESPA Board Meeting (separate invitation)|
|18h00||Welcome and Get together dinner|
|Thursday 24th May - City Hall, Traverse 1 - Domburg|
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
1. Prof. Dr. Olaf Timmermans
2. Claudia Wagner
3. Yan Schroën
4. Dr. Karin Lehmann
Section 2: Health and Innovation
1. Prof Dr. Christian Roques
2. Joachim Lieber
To be announced
4. Silvia Giannini
5. Dennis Spronk
BEST PRACTICE IN EUROPE
1.Presentation of the TOP 10 - ESPA Innovation Award winners
2. EU support in tourism
3. The growing market: China. The chance for Spas in Europe
"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
For the GALA DINNER we won't go back that far (19th century). We will make a time jump to the fabulous fifties, because in these years the spas were booming again and accepted by various countries.
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|
Beach walking tour and treatments in Badhotel/Meztger Lodges (twelve rules)
Sightseeing bustour to Veere
General Assembly ESPA
Section 3: Business and future market value
1. Marleen van Griensven
2. Mike Wallace
4. Herman Lier
Closing Session of the ESPA Congress
Lunch at historical Veere
Freetime in Veere
Transfer to Neeltje Jans
Transfer Vertrek to Seafarm
Dinner by Seafarm
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!
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.
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!
The ESPA Congress offers only one (1) Diamond package sponsorship opportunity. You would be our exclusive partner in the Congress.
ESPA offers three (3) platinum package sponsorship opportunities. Our platinum level sponsorship would cover the conference and designated events and activities.
ESPA offers five (5) gold package sponsorship opportunities. Our gold level sponsorship covers the conference and designated events and activities.
Contact us to receive more information.