3 - 6 October 2023
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
The first and only boutique Spa & Wellness Workshop
SPA-CE is a 2-day boutique workshop, part of the ESPA Congress, where agencies and tour operators meet the best European natural and medical Spas and Health resorts.
The 14th edition of SPA-CE will continue with its original concept, bringing you a first-hand experience of the host destination. The main purpose of the workshop is for the most important providers of Health, Spa and Wellness services from European countries to meet with tour operators, tourist agencies, and other potential buyers of their services.
ESPA congress & SPA-CE B2B Workshop
4 - 6 October 2023
SPA HOTEL THERMAL
A festival palace that will stand out even on the international level was the requirement for the design of the Thermal Hotel. In an architectural competition, the design by Mr. and Mrs. Machonin, combining elements of Brutalism and international style, was chosen. The entire complex, comprising of a film festival centre, an international hotel and a thermal spa, was built between 1968 and 1977.
The Thermal Hotel provides dozens of services under one roof. The unique Brutalist building houses a wellness centre, a spa, restaurants, bars, a swimming pool and conference rooms. The hotel offers accommodation in a total of 273 rooms and suites. Every year it welcomes the movie stars attending the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and hosts the festival screenings. Even if you stay here only once, you will remember it forever.
4 October 2023
CISARSKE LAZNE – IMPERIAL SPA
The Kaiserbad was a 19th century bath house, built in the looks of renaissance grandeur. It is situated next to small river Teplá on the southern end of Karlovy Vary in Mírové náměstí. The Imperial Spa was considered a prestigious spa institution with the most state-of-the-art balneological facilities in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
The building of the Imperial Spa, renamed to Lázně I (Spa I) in 1918, had served balneological purposes until the 1980s. The Zander Hall was later converted into a casino. The complex was ultimately closed in 1994. In 2006 it became popular again as a film set for the famous James Bond's Casino Royale movie, when building was turned into a casino again.
In recent years, the building of the Imperial Spa has been renovated by the Karlovy Vary region as it has been declared a National Cultural Monument
ESPA Innovation Award Ceremony
5 October 2023
GRAND HOTEL PUPP
The Grandhotel Pupp is a luxurious setting that has been a meeting place and entertainment venue and synonymous with first-class hospitality for more than three centuries. Famous people like Johann S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Napoleon Bonaparte, Franz Josef I., Maria Theresa, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka and many others were hosted by the Grand Hotel Pupp.
Nowadays hotel is known for the Karlovy Vary Film Festival as hundreds of festival guests from the ranks of the greatest films have walked through its corridors. Its historical charm and unique architecture have made it very popular with film productions. Participants of the European Spas & Balneology Congress as well as the SPA-CE B2B Workshop will get a unique opportunity to gather and celebrate this year's ESPA Innovation Awards in the Grand Hotel Pupp.
Thank you for the invitation to this event, which brought us, in addition to several new contacts, also valuable knowledge about the partners with whom we already cooperate.
Lukas KremaHosted buyer, Lazne Travel, Czech Republic
The most positive was the targeting of buyers directly on the spa and medical offer, contact with buyers from new destinations, the real interest of the participants in the offer, meetings, programmes and networking. We enjoyed the workshop very much and look forward to future editions!
Radka ŠevcováExhibitor, Falkensteiner Spa Resort Marienbad, Czech Republic
Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this great conference. Like previous years you always ensured that everything is well organised and a programme, which is well diversified. You generated over the years a state-of-the art conference for CEE and for professionals in the medical spa bussiness it is a must to be here.
Franz J. Biesel & Heike Jachmann,Hosted buyers, Kuren & Wellness, Germany
SPA-CE workshop is an excellent opportunity for us providers to introduce ourselves to interested buyers from all over Europe. The most important thing here is the personal contact we establish with the buyer, as it is much easier to present the offer to them in-person. The time allocated to the one2one meeting is used effectively. Kudos to the organizers for organizing the event.
Beti DrevenšekExhibitor, Terme Zreče - Unitur, Slovenia
Programme for 2023
From rolling-workshop to business meetings, best practice cases and first-hand experiences, SPA-CE 2023 will offer it all.