BUBSPA’s jubilee annual congress to be held in Chepelare

Health tourism and climatology at the forefront of the distinguished event

Pamporovo Resort will host the tenth Annual Congress of the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and Spa Tourism (BUBSPA). The event was officially announced at a press conference in Pamporovo by Siyka Katsarova, the Vice President of the European Spas Association and President of BUBSPA. The tenth anniversary of the esteemed event will be held between 11 and 12 September.

“We chose the topics of health tourism and climatology because they are extremely suitable for Bulgaria and the region. Health tourism includes tourism with the goal of contributing to good physical, mental and spiritual health through the use of natural resources (climate, mineral waters and healing mineral deposits and medical and wellness activities) that increase the psychophysical abilities of a person,” Katsarova said.

A country with abundant mineral water resources

Bulgaria is among the top ten countries in Europe in terms of the richness and diversity of hydrothermal waters and bioclimatic treatment. Moreover, Bulgaria is among the leading in Europe in terms of existing, developed and registered (certified) mineral water resources.

Katsarova pointed out that the most important factor is the climate – pleasant and healthy throughout the year. Likewise, the location of the country, as well as its diverse relief, determine the favourable climate conditions for the development of year-round tourism.

In 2022, Pamporovo recorded 286,090 overnight stays, an increase of over 20% compared to the previous year. The new data shows that Pamporovo is not only recovering successfully after the hiatus caused by the global pandemic, but more and more tourists are rediscovering the region’s possibilities for a ski vacation because of the perfect slopes. The winter holidays are successfully combined with the spa facilities of the hotels and the tasty traditional Rhodope cuisine. Most importantly, the destination is becoming increasingly desirable for event tourism.

A strong recovery of spa tourism

Boran Hadjiev, the Mayor of Chepelare Municipality, thanked all the representatives of the regional tourism industry who work daily to strengthen the destination’s image as a year-round and hospitable destination for tourists from Bulgaria and abroad. He added that a part of why the region is recovering successfully is Plovdiv Airport, which is constantly opening new lines.

“In September of this year, we will celebrate the 90th anniversary of Pamporovo. It is wonderful that it also coincides with the jubilee congress of the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and Spa Tourism, which Chepelare will host this year,” the mayor added.

Europe is rich in natural remedies, and balneotherapy in many European countries has a long tradition. It is no surprise that balneotherapy has become an integral part of the health system through the management of chronic diseases, recovery from acute medical conditions, and prevention of common diseases.

The European Spa Association presented concrete ideas for an adapted strategy aimed at European health resorts, including climate resorts. ESPA is confident that these efforts will benefit many patients affected by COVID-19.

Find out more about ESPA at: https://europeanspas.eu/.

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