“ The potential of the Balkans to become a global educational leader for certified SPA&Wellness&Thalasso staff " Presented by: Prof. Bistra Dimitrova, PhD UN AMBASSADOR & FOUNDER OF THE GLOBAL WATER HEALTH FRAMEWORK PLATFORM www.globalwaterhealth.org 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 SPA BASIC PRODUCT IS the natural element water that exists on Earth for more than 30 billion years. She has been covered over 70% of the Globe. 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 Of all the world the water resources on earth are only 2.4% fresh water. Mineral and Spring Water is precious! 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 Water represents 2/3 of the weight in the human body and over 85% of your brain 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 Make you healthier require 30 ml of water per kg of weight per day 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 More BC the ancient Greek a philosopher Heraclites has indicated that: "... Water is the source of everything in the universe ...", and "... The cause of all disease is due to imbalances in the bodily fluids ...". 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 Later the great Leonardo da Vinci defines "... The water as the source of living ...". 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 SPA culture on the Bulgarian lands is born by the Thracians who built their shrines to the gods near mineral water springs 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 According to many famous scientists, it was buried by the Thracians KEY TO THE TREASURE HOUSE OF LIFE at Bulgarian lands. What's are the news from that Global Event for 2014? 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 According to the Global SPA & Wellness Association by 2013, there are about 4,000 students in programs related to the management of the SPA & Wellness industry. Are currently operating about 130 - 180 000 SPA & Wellness managers / directors / managers / consultants in the SPA & Wellness businesses around the world. 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 Clearly has been found that number and size of programs related to the management of the SPA & Wellness tourism at all levels of education do not meet the needs of SPA & Wellness industry "...for the appointment of well-trained management SPA&Wellness& Thalasso staff…". 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 The US Economist researchers have identified the lack, both in Europe and globally, for experts with the necessary theoretical knowledge, intellectual and practical skills for provision of qualitative SPA & Wellness services based on scientific innovation. 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 What the statistics are saying? 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 This information is considered to be as accurate as possible from the International SPA & Wellness Institute, via his research team, but the numbers have a permitted standard error. Summary of Spa-Management Continuing Education Providers Worldwide Total Number State University / of Providers College / School Workshops, Short Courses, or Certificates Private Companies Bachelor and Master ShortCourses, degree Workshops, Programs Or Certificates Asia-Pacific 11 3 1 7 Europe 9 3 1 5 Latin America 4 1 - 3 Middle East 1 1 - - North America 16 7 - 9 World 41 15 2 24 Note: This information is deemed as accurate as possible by the SRI research team, but the numbers are not exhaustive – there are certainly other continuing education providers in existence that were not identified and counted in our research. The providers tallied here and listed in Appendix B were limited to those from whom the research team was able to gather information online or via email, survey, or telephone. THE BALKAN SPA BRAND MUST BE BASED ON THE POWER OF MINERAL WATERS AND PELOIDS GIFT SUPPORTING THE HEALTH PREVENTION, POSITIVITY AND CREATIVITY OF PEOPLE THE FUTURE of the Balkan Spa BRAND need European certification of specific professions to ensure a sustainable professional environment for young people that can generate much higher REVENUE FROM the SPA&WELLNESS&THALASSO tourism in the region Most countries on the Balkan region are linked to European benchmarking system which requiring them to apply the harmonized educational policy THE ANALYSIS OF THE GLOBAL SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES IN SPA & WELLNESS & THALASSO PRACTICES define the following specific professions LEADING TO HAVE NOT YET BEEN APPROVED ON ALL THE BALKANS: Examples: Manager staff: SPA MANAGER; WELLNESS MANAGER; THALASSO MANAGER; MED SPA MANAGER; Operational positions: MED SPA / THALASSO THERAPISTS; SPA / WELLNES THERAPIST; COACH FOR AQUA SPORTS (AQUAYOGA, AQUAFITNESS, AQUASPINING) with EUROPASS Certificate……exct. The European educational Qualifications Framework requires international comparability of responsibility SPA&Wellness&Thalasso staff, according ISCO'88 and the knowledge, skills and competencies in terms of educational mobility and exchange, subsidized by the EC THE CONCLUSION 1: The most important regional forum for exchanging best practices and innovative projects in the field of SPA &Wellness&Thalasso sector is the BALKAN SPA&WELLNESS&THALASSO SUMMIT THE CONCLUSION 2: THIS BALKAN EVENT MUST IMPLEMENT ONE COMMUN STRATEGY in support of the “EAST EUROPEAN&BALKAN SPA&WELLNESS&THALASSO INSTITUTE” and his action plan 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 THE CONCLUSION 3: ALL TOGETHER IN THE BSS WE MUST TRANSFORM THE BALKANS IN A GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL LEADER FOR SPA&WELLNESS&THALASSO STAFF – TROUGTH AN E-EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM 4th Balkan Spa Summit ‘ 2014 WELLCOME TO THE GLOBAL WELLNESS DAY 2015 !!! AND ENJOY THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITES WITH THE GLOBAL WATER HEALTH FRAMEWORK PLATFORM AT : www.globalwaterhealth.org The research team of the Bulgarian SPA&Wellness&Thalasso INSTITUTE THANK’S FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION !