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Invitation to the XXIII Congress of the European Spas Association

23rd-25th May 2018 Domburg (The Netherlands)
Date: 29 May’17



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.

Full Program with topics and speakers COMING SOON


Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Welcome and Get together dinner (BBQ at the beach or at farm Yogabee)

Thursday 24th May 2018
City Hall - Opening ceremony with the traditional Flag Parade, Greetings

Health & Water - a way of life in a changing world

Section 1: New methods in health tourism

Lectures about

  • Health benefits of living and recreating in a coastal area: Health and business opportunities using natural assets
  • Which product are booming and why - result is important!
  • Integral Medicine and they practise in health tourism
  • Medical Research Round Table

Section2: Health and Innovation

  • New solutions in the spa architecture and design
  • Canvas Business Model - interactive lecture
  • The TOP 5 / ESPA Innovation Award winner and best practise

"A royal night out" with a gala dinner with 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.



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 modaine character of the Badpaviljoen as location and will appeal to the guests.

Friday 25th May 2018

  • ESPA General Assembly (special invotation)


Section3: Business and future market value

  • Trends in nowadays wellbeing guests by Puurenkuur leading Touroperator in Holland
  • Lecture about Hospitality Training
  • Social Media in practises
  • Closing Session of the ESPA Congress


Lunch in historical Veere and the final program is also a big attraction of Hollands professional Knowledge, we invite our guest to visit the Deltawerk.
Dinner at Seafarm Seafood


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 practise 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.

There are several group arrangements available at Neeltje Jans. The group size varies from 15 to 20 people. Arrangement "Experience the Delta Works" takes about two hours and is probably the most suitebale for the ESPA group. This excursion is provided by a supervisor and includes an introduction of the storm surge barrier and a fascinating film about the construction. After that, guests can see the storm surge barrier with there own eyes during a tour.


Bepending on the time schedule it is possible to visit the seaweed farm in the Jacobahaven (near Seafarm) befor visiting the Delta Works. Here the two ladies of Zeewaar ( can give an introduction of the cultivation of seaweed in Zeeland and the growing European market for this healthy and commonly used product in Asia. Because of the harvest of the seeweed we have to be there before four o'clock.

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