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Spa Tourism Exchange and Forum, September 24-27, 2014, Baile Felix

20-07-2014

The 10th edition of the Spa Tourism Forum and Forum takes place this year at Baile Felix between September 24-27.
This event is part of the list of top events in Romania and is watched with interest by the business community as well as by foreign specialists.

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20th anniversary of OPTBR

20-11-2013

In 2013 OPTBR celebrates 20 years since its establishment; to mark this event, a seminar was organized on the occasion of the Romexpo Tourism Fair, nov. 2014, an anniversary magazine was published, diplomas of fidelity were awarded to some old supporters of the sector.

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Spa Tourism Exchange and Forum, Saturn, 4-7.9.2013

11-09-2013

Between September 4-7 this year, the 11th edition of the Spa Tourism Forum and Forum took place on Saturn, in the Cleopatra **** complex.
The event was honored by the presence of Mrs. Maria Grapini, Minister Delegate for SMEs, Business and Tourism, Mr. Razvan Filipescu- president of the National Authority for Tourism, by the mayor of Mangalia, Mr. Radu Cristian as well as the presidents of the main tourism associations FPTR, ANAT, ANTREC, FAPT, etc.

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Special offers campaign spring 2014

20-03-2014

PRESS RELEASE
The spring 2014 special offers campaign has been extended until June 30, for the following programs:
A Week of recovery in spas (two options, with breakfast or half board),
Spa Decade , Come to the baths! and Spa Wellness.


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OPTBR elections - June 2013

02-07-2013

Last week, in Tusnad, within the new O3zone complex, the general assembly of elections for a new Board of Directors of OPTBR for the period 2013-2017 took place.
Thanks were sent to the team that ended its term for the way it represented the Organization and the spa tourism.

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International Conference under the auspices of the UNWTO in Bucharest

05-07-2013

On July 3, an international conference for environmental, cultural and health tourism was held at the Palace of Parliament; during the conference were presented presentations on the opportunities and perspectives of medical and spa tourism in Romania

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Spa Tourism Forum and Forum, Slanic Moldova, Oct.2012

10-10-2012

The 2012 edition of the Scholarship and Spa Tourism Forum took place in Slanic Moldova, in a special setting; the good weather allowed the participants visits to the resort and the knowledge of the tourist objectives; at the end of the action, the Tg Salt Mine was visited. Ocna

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Conference on health tourism, Bucharest

09-07-2012

Between September 20-22, 2012, the first international conference dedicated to health tourism took place in Bucharest, at the Palace of the Parliament; specialists and decision makers from the country and abroad participated (Germany, Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria); Nicur Radulescu, President of OPTBR, presented the main concerns of the Organization for the development of the spa tourism segment and proposed the realization of partnerships with associations from other countries, for the realization of experience exchanges.

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Spa Tourism Exchange and Forum, Baile Herculane, 2011

06-10-2011

The 6th edition of the Spa Tourism Forum and Forum, September 21-24, took place at Baile Herculane, an event included in the calendar of events of the World Tourism Organization and the European Association of Spas

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ESPA Congress in Romania, May 2010

30-06-2010

Romania hosted on May 4-7, 2010 at Baile Felix, International **** hotel. the 15th edition of the ESPA Annual Congress.
The event was attended by about 70 specialists from all over Europe as well as numerous Romanian participants.
The ESPA Annual Congress took place on May 4-7, 2010 at Baile Felix, International Hotel ****.
Renowned spa specialists, doctors, officials from ESPA member countries, tourism workers, the press, etc. participated.
May was marked by important events;
- the meeting of the board of directors took place, which debated the situation of the opening of the season and the capitalization of the capacity and proposed actions for a better visualization of the offers
- a delegation of OPTBR participated in the proceedings of the annual ESPA Congress, Bristonas, Lithuania, during which the activity carried out in the last year was presented and the proposed actions for 2009 were approved.

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Election of the new OPTBR Leadership, June 2009

29-01-2009

JUNE - OPTBR General Assembly, Ocna Sibiului
election of the new Board of Directors for a term of 4 years, 2009-2013

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ESPA Congress, Yverdon les Bains, Elvetia - May 6 - 9, 2008

10-05-2008

During the above-mentioned period, the 13th Congress of the European Association of Spa Resorts took place, on the occasion of which a series of papers were presented on important aspects of the spa sector in different European countries.


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Spa Tourism Exchange and Forum, September 24-27, 2014, Baile Felix

20-07-2014

The event is attended by a large number of travel agencies, investors and administrators of specialized units, representatives of central and local authorities, the media, tourism associations.
The event is structured on two modules: an exhibition in which the spa and health potential is presented, in terms of infrastructure, programs and specialized services and a forum for debate, to cover the need for current information, an exchange of views and experience with and among specialists in the field in the country and abroad.
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20th anniversary of OPTBR

20-11-2013

Established at the initiative of some supporters of the sector, OPTBR has represented over the years the interests
of its members, promoted in the country and abroad the potential and spa programs, conducted training courses in trades related to spa tourism, contributed to the development of regulations and legislation. , was an active dialogue partner with the authorities and other associations or structures in tourism.
Since 2006 he has become a member of ESPA, and since 2008 he has held the position of vice-president of this European association; concluded Collaboration Protocols with the main tourism associations, with external partners.


Spa Tourism Exchange and Forum, Saturn, 4-7.9.2013

11-09-2013

In her speech, Minister Grapini reiterated the readiness to support efforts to promote and develop spa tourism, as a segment with great possibilities that falls within the criteria of the UNWTO 2020 Strategy; mentioned that together with his Government colleagues and those from ANT he makes efforts for the application of a legislation as favorable as possible to the sector, but also with the local authorities to achieve an active partnership for the development of spas. Welcoming those present and organizers, Mr. Mohammad Murad, President of FPTR, stressed the need for an open dialogue between investors, industry and government and local authorities; Investors are the engine of development and a fair state-private relationship is beneficial for all.
The Stock Exchange and the Spa Tourism Forum enjoyed the support of the World Tourism Organization, its secretary general, Mr. Taleb Rifai, who also sent a message to the participants of the European Association of Spas, who, through the voice of Dr. Janka Zalesakova - ESPA Vice President and President of the Slovak Association, stressed the value of Romania's natural therapeutic potential and prospects. open after the liberalization of medical services in Europe.
Dr. Zalesakova highlighted the opportunities that open up to Romanian tourism in the new conditions, when medical, spa and prevention tourism are development directions for the attention of decision makers and investors and specialists.
The presentations made during the Forum, regarding the need to introduce holiday vouchers (Mrs. Lucia Morariu - ANAT president), diversification of customer retention methods and capitalization of Gerovital and Aslavital products as an additional source of income (Dr. Iulia Belc-Hotel Europa) , the role of the profile association in the promotion and marketing of spa products (Ms. Siyka Katsarova-BUBSPA, Association of Spa Resorts in Bulgaria, the need to introduce European standards and logos (Mr. Ionut nache-INAQ Consulting), were just some of the topics addressed in Forum and which provoked interesting discussions.
The forum gave the opportunity to some investors in spa tourism to present their investment projects as follows: in Govora a hotel was renovated located in an old building, where the period atmosphere was preserved and modern equipment was used for services, to arranged the park of the resort; in Sovata the Faget hotels have been renovated and the Bradet hotel follows, which will be brought to the 4-star category next spring, and the membership in an international chain has created advantages in bringing tourists and respecting international standards,
A challenge to the spa sector was launched by Mr. Sorin Mierlea, president of the association for Consumer Protection, who, in addition to presenting the association's activities, invited hoteliers in resorts to adhere to the standards of "resorts or green hotels", a trend still present in Europe.
About the concerns at the level of decision makers, Mr. Octavian Arsene, director of aNT, who presented the programs supported by the state from its funds and in which travel agencies are invited to participate, as well as the representative of the Institute of Balneology, who stressed the need for certification of spas, a process started by -a GD through which 15 spas are already certified.
In the conclusions expressed at the end of the Form, Mr. Nicu Radulescu summarized the discussions and topics presented, stating: if we want to give it the position it deserves, both the government and the investors and workers in tourism, for the benefit of all, including the final consumer ".


Special offers campaign spring 2014

20-03-2014

Venind in intampinarea cererilor pentru programele de sanatate, hotelierii din statiunile balneare au prelungit programele speciale pana la 30 iunie. Toate categoriile sociale pot beneficia de aceste pachete turistice (pensionari, studenti, dar si persoane active).
Programele incluse in campanie sunt:
1. O saptamana de refacere :
a. varianta cu mic dejun
Serviciile sant: 6 nopti cazare cu mic dejun, 2 proceduri/zi si o consultatie medicala la sosire, pe baza recomandarii medicale;se acorda 10% comision pentru agentii; tarif/persoana/loc in camera dubla:
pentru hotel doua stele : 330 lei/pers./loc,
pentru hotel trei stele : 360 lei/pers./loc
b. Varianta cu demipensiune : aceleasi servicii, dar demipensiune pe durata sejurului, comision agentii : 15%
pentru hotel 2 stele : 470 lei/pers./loc,
pentru hotel 3 stele: 540 lei/pers./loc
2. Decada balneara :
Servicii: 10 zile sejur, 9 nopti cazare; pensiune completa; minim 7 zile tratament, 2 proceduri/zi; o consultatie medicala; comision agentii inclus
pentru hotel 2 stele: 710 lei/pers./loc,
pentru hotel 3 stele: 830 lei/pers./loc
3. Hai la bai! :
Servicii : 6 zile (5 nopti cazare cu pensiune completa), 2 proceduri/zi, 5 zile tratament, o consultatie medicala, comision agentii inclus.
Pentru hotel 2 stele 625 lei/pers./loc,
Pentru hotel 3 stele 750 lei/pers./loc
Este necesara recomandarea medicala pentru toate programele de mai sus precum si o copie de pe talonul de pensie sau dovada platii la zi a asigurarilor de sanatate.
4.Wellness balnear
Servicii incluse: 3 nopti de cazare, 2 zile demi-pensiune, 1 masa festiva, acces la piscine/sauna/sala de sport, 2 proceduri tip wellness ( masaj sau sedinta de intretinere facial/cosmetica); serviciile sunt orientative, comision agentii inclus.
Pentru hotel 3 stele 625 lei/pers/loc
pentru hotel 4 stele 650 lei/pers/loc .
ILa achizitionarea bileltelor, verificati situatia disponibilitatii locurilor si a perioadei de valabilitate a ofertelor, care se pot procura de la orice agentie de turism din tara sau direct de la hotelul dorit..
Additional information at OPTBR, travel agencies or spas.
The resorts that offer these programs are: Amara, Buzias, Calimanesti-Caciulata, Moneasa, Baile Herculane, Baile Olanesti, Baile Felix, Covasna, Lacul Sarat-Braila, Ocna Sibiului, Buzias, Pucioasa, Sangiorgiu de Mures, Sovata, Tusnad, Slanic Moldova , Pucioasa, Vatra Dornei.


OPTBR elections - June 2013

02-07-2013

The new management team elected for a term of 4 years is the following:
- president - Mr. Nicu Radulescu
- first vice-president-mr. Mihai Handolescu, SC Govora,
- 5 vice-presidents, as follows:
- Mr. Janos Fulop-Nagy-SC Balneoclimaterica Sovata
- Mr. Sorin Munteanu-SC Turism Balnear, Buzias
- Mr. Teodor Morar- SC Gastrotur, Moneasa
- Mr. Verginel Marinescu, SC Turism Pucioasa
- Mr. Ioan Munteanu - SC Eurovacanta-Slanic Moldova
- Mr. Sorin Munteanu, SC, Turism Balnear Buzias The
newly elected have pledged to continue to support the interests of members and the spa tourism sector


International Conference under the auspices of the UNWTO in Bucharest

05-07-2013

The event was organized by the Ministry of Economy, Business Environment and Tourism, in collaboration with the National Authority for Tourism and under the high Patronage of the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Mr. Taleb Rifai. The presentation regarding the spa potential and the opportunity for its development, given by Mr. Nicu Radulescu, the president of OPTBR, aroused a lively interest; it was concluded that a more active and efficient partner with the authorities is needed both for the elaboration of adequate legislation and for investments in major infrastructure from and to the spas; the contribution of private investors was underlined, but it cannot cover the necessary investments in order to capitalize efficiently on the resources available to Romania


Spa Tourism Forum and Forum, Slanic Moldova, Oct.2012

10-10-2012

The Stock Exchange and the Spa Tourism Forum enjoyed, as every year, the support and Patronage of the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, of the World Tourism Organization - WTO and of the European Association of Spa Resorts - ESPA.
Numerous representatives of the tourism business environment, specialists and personalities of European value were present at Slanic Moldova; among them were many representatives of spa tourism companies, travel agencies, other companies and companies with activities in connection with spa tourism.
In the opening speech, Mr. Nicu Radulescu, president of OPTBR greeted the participants in the event and thanked the foreign guests for their presence; underlined the support provided by the local authorities, through the mayor of the resort, Mr. Andrei Serban for organizing the Scholarship and Spa Tourism Forum; noted the growing value of the event, supported by the large number of participants. He welcomed the presence of the deputy Iulian Iancu, the president of the Industry and Services Commission from the Chamber of Deputies and of the representatives of the county authorities.
Mister. Iancu Iulian remarked in his speech, the important role and value of the tourist and spa potential, insisting on some aspects related to energy use in this sector, modern trends in the two fields and the need for more attention to energy use, in different forms. . He reiterated the need to certify the buildings with the energy certificate, according to the legislation in force.
The event, through its itinerant feature, gives the resorts the opportunity to present their potential and spa offers and is a good opportunity to promote products and services specific to the area. On the occasion of this edition, the participants of the Exchange were able to admire the enchanting landscape, the old architecture and the central park, the Casino built before 1900 and in the process of restoration as well as the hotel and restoration services offered by units of different categories. , Eurovacanta, Dobru, Vila Pufu, Pensiunea Montana, Restaurant Slanic, etc.
We appreciate that the main purpose of the event, promoting the spa potential, the therapeutic effects of natural healing factors, as well as the tourist values ​​of the resorts, was achieved, because the exhibitors presented their potential and of course, treatment and wellness offers, including holiday holidays, in an extremely pleasant setting, in stands located in the central park of the resort.
The travel agents present - either as exhibitors or as visitors, had the opportunity to visit a series of hotels and guesthouses in the resort, to know the specific infrastructure and the tourist potential of the area. The Stock Exchange and the Spa Tourism Forum enjoyed a large presence, which denotes the interest of the participants for this tourism sector.
It is worth noting the signs of improvements to the image of the resort, through the efforts of local authorities, who have developed a project to transform the resort into a "green resort", after the German model, and has a project to renovate the Casino, but also through the effort to some investors, who modernized or rebuilt superior units.


Spa Tourism Exchange and Forum, Baile Herculane, 2011

06-10-2011


SPA TOURISM STOCK EXCHANGE : The event took place in the form of two modules: - exhibition presenting their own offers (hotels, pensions, travel agencies, etc.), travel agencies or distributors of equipment for the spa sector
- discussion forum on topics of interest to the sector.
The participation in both events was numerous.
The event was honored by the presence of Ms. Sigrun Lang - President of ESPA, who noted the interest enjoyed by the event and its level of organization. A specific topic - the relationship with local authorities - has been intensely debated, following the presentation of Ms Lang, former mayor of Baden-Baden.
Another topic was dedicated to professional training. The President of OPTBR, Mr. Nicu Radulescu and the project manager, Mr. Tiberiu Foris, presented the main elements of the European financing project "Qualification in spa tourism - a chance for everyone", which benefits OPTBR together with its partners - units in the spa system, in the next 3 years.




ESPA Congress in Romania, May 2010

30-06-2010

The special ESPA brochure was presented, which is disseminated to members of the European Parliament, other European structures, etc .; a series of papers on topics of interest were presented to all ESPA members and other specialists;

A special event for ESPA's activity was the awarding by the Financial Times, the German edition, of the prize for the best logo of 2009 - to the two logos EuropeSpa med and EuropeSpa Wellness
- the offers of the spa resorts were present at the tourism fairs. in Bucharest, Suceava, Brasov and Craiova
- the organization of the Scholarship and Spa Tourism Forum was launched, 2009 edition, which will take place in Calimanesti-Caciulata, between September 30 and October 3.
- interest in special offers has led hoteliers in the resorts to extend the programs A week of recovery in spas and the Spa Decade for another month, until June 30
- a delegation of OPTBR participated in the Congress of the similar association in Serbia, in which information on Romanian spa tourism was presented
- through a good collaboration with various television stations, reports from spas were presented, both in domestic shows and in international editions
- participated in the seminar on aspects of the hotel industry and the on the elaboration of a new tourism law
- information regarding the activity of the members was disseminated to ESPA for inclusion in the information bulletin of the association


Election of the new OPTBR Leadership, June 2009

29-01-2009

At the general assembly held in Ocna Sibiului, a new management team was elected, for a term of 4 years (2009-2013)
. Nicu Radulescu was re-elected president.
The program of activities established for the next period includes: meetings between representatives of the main governmental and public institutions to discuss major aspects of spa tourism and health, organizing staff training seminars, training and specialization projects of the spa labor force through European projects and with the support of renowned European institutions, launching special programs to attract tourists to spas, expanding the network of spas certified according to European standards, an active presence in the European Association of Resorts Spa (ESPA), etc.
We hope, says Mr. Nicu Radulescu, that we will be able to give back in the next years to the spa tourism the position and the role it deserves; the natural potential and the human factor are the elements on which we rely:
Special events on the OPTBR agenda: the
organization of the Scholarship and Spa Tourism Forum, 5th edition, between September 30 and October 3, in Calimanesti Caciulata, the
organization of the Congress of XV of the ESPA, in May 2010 at Baile Felix.


ESPA Congress, Yverdon les Bains, Elvetia - May 6 - 9, 2008

10-05-2008

The debates on the agenda topics highlighted the current trends of the spa and wellness tourism offer, the need to increase the quality of infrastructure and services as well as to launch offers appropriate to the current market requirements.
New ESPA leadership elections have taken place.
The report of Ms. Jankz Zalesakova for the period 2004 - 2008 mentioned, among others, the main actions carried out such as:
- CREDO Association - states the principles for the development and promotion of spa tourism
- launch of the site www.visiteuropeanspas.com
- development of EuropeSpa Med & Wellness standards
-Thematic seminars in different countries and at European Parliaments.

The new ESPA Governing Board consists of:
- Mrs. Sigrung Lang (Germany) - President
- Mr. Gunnlaugur Jonsson (Iceland) - First Vice-President
and Vice- Presidents:

- Mr Nicu Radulescu (Romania)
- Mr. Jose Romao (Portugal)
- Dr. Janka Zalesakova (Slovakia)
- Mr. Nicasio Perez (Spain)

Meeting at its first meeting, the ESPA Governing Board discussed a number of issues regarding the association's strategy for the coming years and finalized a medium and long-term action plan.


April 2008

Participation in the second edition of the Thalassotherapy Congress - April 2 - 4, Usedom Germany; presentation of the Romanian coastal potential

MARCH

Presentation of the potential of spa tourism at the International Tourism Exchange, Berlin; presentation of the offers SC Turism Felix, SC Transilvania Travel, THR Marea Neagra, SC Tusnad
Participation with specialized stand "Balism Balnear" at the National Tourism Fair, spring edition, Romexpo; were present with offers spa tourism companies from: Sovata, Baile Felix, Herculane, Geoagiu Bai, Praid, Moneasa, Baile Tusnad, Bazna, Covasna, Calimanesti - Caciulata, etc.

FEBRUARY

Participation in the gastronomic contest of outdoor cooking, Azuga - the event resulted in the awarding of the participating OPTBR members
Launch of the special offer Spa Decade for the period March 1 - June 30

JANUARY 2008

The promotion campaign was launched for the special offer "A week of recovery in Romanian spas", for capitalization through travel agencies.
Details and information can be obtained from OPTBR, tel. or by mail: or, from the travel agencies from all over the country or directly from the spa tourism companies from the spa resorts.