XII CEI Regional Forum for Health, Wellness and Spa industry 2022-03-03

10.00 - 10.30
Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade
10.30 - 11.00
Opening ceremony:

Natasa Ranitović, President of Wellness Cluster Serbia, Representative of MTTT, Representative of CEI /Serbia/

Žikica Nestorović, Secretary of State for Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications

Natasa Ranitović, Short Introduction on Global Wellness Economy and trends 2022-2025

Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade
11.00 - 12.10

First session

Mental Health Wellness & Wellness

• Mental well-being takes center stage as mental unwellness has been growing public health crises for some time. Wellness operators adapted their offerings to support guests with specific mental wellbeing needs. Prevention as a lifestyle is wellness in pandemic and post covid times.

• The President of the European Spas Association, Mr. Thierry Dubois, and his team will share with us the long tradition and experience at Therme Saujon in France, specialized for mental health treatments, and updates in the post-corona era. According to currently available data from the World Health Organization, over 350 million people have been affected by Covid 19. Currently, numerous studies around the world are examing the possible impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people's mental health, indicating an increase in the frequency of anxiety, depressive and stress-related disorders.

Dr Irena Djordjević, Psychiatry specialist, Clinic for Psychiatric Diseases "Dr Laza Lazarević",Belgrade


Janka Zalešakova, President of the Slovak Spas Association and Vice President of the European Spas Association (ESPA)

Burnout Syndrome

Thierry Dubous, President of the European Spas Association /ESPA/

Therme of Saujon in France, Bench mark spa in the management of anxiety disorders (Best practices example)

Mike Wallace, Speaker, Lecturer, Hot Spring & Medical Spa Expert

Wellness & Mental Wellness


Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade
12.10 - 13.40

Second Session

Recovery of Wellness Industry - Best practice example

How to Restart Wellness in pandemic? How to rebuild the wellness industry?

Covid19 has influenced the way clients understand, experience and expect wellness. The behavior of the wellness guest changed and needed different approaches because after the re-opening, some requested and expected the old reality (experience like before), some adapted and had different needs, expectations and requests.

Cîrîc Cosmin-Nicolae, Kinesiotherapist, Aromatherapist, Wellness Manager Therme Bucharest/

Wellness after “the storm”

Ioana Marian,President of the Romanian SPA Association,Romania

Trends in wellness industry in Romania

Pedja Filipović,Educator, (Wellness Academy Pedja Filipovic),Creator wellness massage concepts

Massage as a salvation of the organism?

Breathing excercise with Pedja Filipović

Dr. Jia Xiao Fang, President | China Health & Medical Tourism Association , President | Belt And Road Health Industry Federation

China-Europe Health Tourism Innovation & Sustainability in Post-COVID World
Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade
13.40 - 14.20

Third Session

Best practices examples in wellness industry in Serbia and update Post Corona era

Marina Cvetković,Manager Wellness Prolom Spa

New offerings for wellness guests in Prolom,Lukovska Spa and Kursumlijska Spa

Jelena PerićPR Manager Thermal Spa Fruske Terme

Domestic guests in focus ( Premier Aqua and Fruske Terme)

Ana Vučićević,Sales manager Vox trade d.o.o.

Wellsystem hydromassage beds and Capsules wellness treatments benefits in pandemic times


Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade
14.20 - 14.30

Svetlana Strailović,Association of Rehabilitation Centers of Serbia

Two years of challenges,financial difficulties and State support to Serbian rehabilitation centers
Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade
14.30 - 16.00

Fourth Session

New competences of the European Medical Spas - Corona Recovery Concepts , medical results and preventive concepts

The European Spas Associtation Section will inform you about the EU goal "Healthier Together" - the EU initiative program on noncommunicable diseases and how the new competencies of medical spas around post-corona services are expanding. Here we share up-to-date overview about medical spas services and result by post corona patient from the countries of the Central European Initiative.

<Csilla Mezosi, moderator, Secretary-General of the European Spas Association (ESPA)

What can we learn from each other and how was Slovakia the first country to get a fully funded post-corona cure in spas approved, what were the arguments and what are the results after almost a year? New preventive programs in Slovak thermal spas and authorized by the Slovakia Government New preventive programs in Slovak thermal spas and authorized by the Slovakia Government.

<Janka Zalesakova, Vice President of the European Spas Association (ESPA)

The pandemic confirmed the importance of medical spas in healthcare system

Our host country Serbia presented several post-corona treatments last year. What has been optimize?

<Dr Nena Stevanović, Specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation in SH Merkur Vrnjci Spa

Post-covid rehabilitation in SH Merkur Vrnjačka Banja

Slovenian spas have a partnership with the National Rehabilitation Institute for cooperation on the long COVID-19 programs. We'll hear details from two medical spas that have signed a special deal with the Ministry of Health for a 3-4 week rehabilitation program.

<Iztok Altbauer , Director of the Slovenian Spa Association

Long Covid-19 programs in the Slovenian Spas

From Italy we will see a showcase of the Terme Margherita di Savoia, based on a scientific project approved by the University of Bari in collaboration with the local government health unit, we will see a new outpatient rehabilitation protocol from long-term consequences of the infection through Covid-19.

<Marina Lalli , President of Federturismo and Vice President of Federterme, Vicepresident of the Bari association in Apulia,Italy.

Post Covid rehabilitation program at Terme di Margherita di Savoia – Southern Italy, Puglia

A study from the Czech Republic will be presented on the treatment of post-Covid patients in the Health Spa Hotels Ensana in Marianske Lazne. Important information about a significant positive effect on post-Covid complications, especially related to lung function and breathing.

<Patricie Irlvekova, Senior executive, cluster Director of Marketing and Sales in Ensana Health Spa Hotel, Czech Republic

Study of post-covid patient treatment in Health Spa hotels Ensana in Marianske Lazne

Romania will present the new challenge: to train the citizens and to change their behavior and about future care towards the unique natural resources existing in the Country and promoting Prevention

<Iuliana Tasie , Vice-President of the European Spas Association

The present and the future of the Romanian health and wellness experience in post pandemic era

Bulgaria put on his flag - Prevention to get as a national Priority. We will hear information about Healthy lifestyle and Post Corona programms in the climate health resort and in spas

<Siyka Katsarova , Vice- President of the European Spas Association

Proven post covid offers (prevention and rehabilitation) and effects in medical spas in Bulgaria.

Q & A

Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade
16.00 - 16.30
Forum Summary and Closing remarks
Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade

Benefactor and institutional support

CEI Prolom voda Министарство трговине, туризма и телекомуникација