Bulgaria took its rightful place on the European SPA map
The town of Pomorie hosted the 18th ESPA Congress. It is the first time that such a high-ranking forum is being organized in Bulgaria. The Congress is one of the most significant events for 2013 in the fields of medical, SPA, and SPA and wellness tourism. Among the attendees were representatives of leading international companies, including hoteliers, tour operators, SPA equipment vendors and companies for spa products. The event was attended by mayors of Europe’s leading spa municipalities, representatives of health insurance funds, pension companies and experts in the field.
The Congress focuses the attention on Bulgaria as a destination, offering year-round, high-quality medical spa, and spa and wellness tourism. According to Mr Ivo Marinov, the Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, the Congress itself is an appreciation of the significant role of Bulgaria in the development of spa and wellness tourism. In his emotional speech, Mr Stefan Sharlopov, the chairman of BUBSPA, said that an apostolic mission had become reality. After six years of hard work, Bulgaria took its rightful place on the European SPA map. There are more than 600 mineral springs in Bulgaria, the water from which is with proven healing properties. With this natural wealth our country stands a real chance to be among the leaders in the SPA tourism. This 18th ESPA Congress in the SPA capital of Bulgaria is a recognition and a reason for pride that our country not only is a destination, offering ski and sea tourism, but also a destination for various kinds of medical SPA, SPA and wellness tourism.