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ESPA Innovation Award (Photo: Terme Krka)

It’s time…

… to present your innovative ideas in the spa industry to health tourism experts from 20 European countries and the international press, who will attend the 26th ESPA Congress.

The European Spas Association is calling for entries for their annual competition until 5 September 2022. The ESPA Innovation Award recognises the best and most innovative ideas and services in the health & spa industry. The goal is to award those, who developed new, more effective, and sustainable approaches in spa destinations, hotels, medical centres and health resorts, as well as new spa programmes, concepts, products and scientific research. The competition winners will be announced at a gala award ceremony during the 26th ESPA Congress on 22 September 2022 in Piestany, Slovakia.

There are 8 different categories that applicants can choose from:

1. INNOVATIVE SPA DESTINATION
Intended for municipalities and regions that showcased innovation in urban development, destination ambience, branding, sustainability and quality and diversity of touristic attractions.

2. INNOVATIVE MEDICAL SPA
Intended for medical spa centers or medical spa facilities that showcased innovation in their medical services, spa management, branding, sustainability, evidence-based medical practices, architecture and design.

3. INNOVATIVE SPA HOTEL
Intended for spa hotels that showcased innovation in their services, products, design, architecture, spa programmes and sustainability.

4. INNOVATIVE SPA CONCEPT
Intended for recreational facilities, spa complexes and spa resorts using local & natural remedies that showcased innovation in their concept and integration with nature.

5. INNOVATIVE HEALTH SPA PROGRAMME
Intended for medical spa facilities (e.g Thermal Spa, Thalasso Spa, Climate health resort, Kneipp Spa, Radon Spa, Therapeutic Mud Spa etc.) that developed new medical spa treatments with evidence-based benefits.

6. INNOVATIVE SPA PRODUCTS
Intended for innovative spa brands, products, equipment, thermal dermo-cosmetics and other products with natural ingredients that provide clear benefits for the consumers.

7. INNOVATIVE SPA EDUCATION
Intended for universities and colleges that carry out degree programmes that challenge and seek novel theoretical concepts, new approaches or methodologies, and new findings.

8. MEDICAL SPA SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Intended for authors of scientific research, who implemented new medical methods and scientific arguments to achieve breakthroughs in spa/health tourism.

Enter the competition

Enter the distinguished international competition that is based on strict evaluation by a jury of acclaimed industry experts. Deadline for applications is 5 September 2022.

If you believe your project deserves to be recognised as a good practice case in the European health & spa industry, here are 5 good reasons to enter in 2022:

  1. Gaining broad international recognition and significant market visibility
  2. The opportunity to attend the annual gala awards ceremony
  3. Meeting other innovators and industry leaders
  4. Showcasing your award-winning innovation to international media
  5. Promoting your innovation by using the ESPA Innovation Award badge