Prague – From January, people can use discount vouchers for a stay in the spa again. They must apply by the end of March. The vouchers are worth CZK 2,000 and will be paid for by the spa operators. The new project, initiated by the Association of Medical Spas of the Czech Republic and the Association of Spa Resorts, follows on from the grant title of the Ministry of Regional Development (MRD) COVID Spa, which has been operating for the past 18 months. The state agency CzechTourism will provide marketing support for the program for this year. Representatives of these organizations said this at a press conference today. You can watch her record below. There was great interest in using spa vouchers, and the spa praises the program.
The condition of use is the length of stay for at least six nights and the use of five procedures, which are intended for people over 18 years of age. 30,000 vouchers are available for the first three months of the year.
As in the previous period, those interested in a discount voucher can obtain it via the travel portaloperated by the CzechTourism agency. This time, the individual facilities will choose how many vouchers they want to accept against the COVID spa program. Thus, the situation that they would not be able to accept applicants due to the limit of public support will not be repeated, which was, according to the director of CzechTourism Jan Herget, one of the main comments of the spa operators in the past period.
According to the vice-president of the Association of Medical Spas of the Czech Republic, Martin Plachý, about sixty spa facilities participated in the new project, which is two thirds of the total number. According to Plachý, after the first quarter, an evaluation of the project will take place and a decision will be made on possible further continuation. According to him, the success would be to exhaust the maximum number of vouchers offered. The first quarter of the year is the weakest period for visitors to the spa.
The MMR COVID spa program started operating on July 1, 2020. Vouchers worth four thousand crowns were available for stays of at least six nights combined with at least five procedures. According to Herget, the resort has so far paid out 109,550 discount vouchers out of 438 million crowns. Reimbursement can be requested until the end of January. Shy believes that there will be funds left from the COVID spa that the ministry could provide to continue supporting spa stays.
According to Plachý, the domestic spa registered about two million fewer stays due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 than before the crisis. The results for last year are not yet available, but according to Plachý, they will largely copy the year 2020. We can expect an improvement in maximum percent units, he said.
According to Herget, before the pandemic, about a quarter of all overnight stays in the Czech Republic were spas.
There was great interest in using spa vouchers, and the spa praises the program
Spa facilities in the Czech Republic praise the COVID spa program, which was supposed to help them overcome the complications associated with the coronavirus epidemic in the previous two years. People could use vouchers for a discount of 4,000 crowns for stays of at least six nights and at least five procedures. The interest was great. Thanks to the program, it was also possible to bring new customers to the spas, which were without clients during the toughest measures. The operators of the facility told ČTK.
The Ministry for Regional Development paid out 109,550 discount vouchers for CZK 438 million for 18 months of the COVID spa program. According to the General Director of the Jáchymov Spa and the President of the Association of the Spa, Eduard Bláha, the program should continue. He believes that until the borders are opened, it can significantly maintain spa facilities, especially those in the Karlovy Vary region, which were focused on foreign clients.
“It was a great idea. But in the beginning she was in a lot of labor pains. He was better presented in the media than actually prepared. Then the real result was different from what was declared and promised. And it was signed by the European bureaucracy, when repayment took a long time and the extension from 2020 to 2021 took a long time, but if I look away from it, it had a significant benefit in that it aroused the interest of natives in the spa, “Bláha told ČTK.
Also this year, people can use discount vouchers again until March. The vouchers are worth CZK 2,000 and will be paid for by the spa operators. “We signed up for this because the winter months are off-season and we made discounts in them regardless of whether anyone would declare them,” the mayor of Třeboň, Jan Váňa (ODS), who is also one of the spa executives, told ČTK. company Slatinné lázně Třeboň.
About 3,500 clients used state vouchers in Třeboň last year. They were exhausted by mid-April, and people used them all year round. “We were also helped by a program for paramedics, eight-thousand-strong vouchers for nurses and doctors. It helped us in the autumn months, when so many people no longer go to the spa, it worked well,” added Váňa.
Lvní Teplice Sales Director Yveta Slišková believes that thanks to the program, awareness of Czech spas and the possibility of combining holidays with health services has expanded. “In our case, many clients discovered Teplice and the Ústí nad Labem region as a place where, in addition to improving fitness and strengthening health in Teplice spa, they will find many natural cultural and historical treasures. As a result, we welcomed more than 2,500 guests with a voucher, of the total number of clients, “she said. According to Slišková, the biggest complication for the spa last year was the constantly changing measures, which in certain periods did not allow self-payers to stay.
Lázně Teplice also confirmed its participation in this year’s program. “We hope that the support conceived in this way will resonate in the public and we will gain more customers who will be happy to return to us,” added Slišková.
Also in Lázně Luhačovice, the interest in the program among the guests was great, but the spa could only use it partially due to the conditions. The sum of all aid, ie the value of received vouchers, other subsidies and compensations, could not exceed the set limit. “Unfortunately, it was not set for individual spas, but for a property-related company, ie the then existing Lázně Luhačovice, as and Jáchymov groups. Vylimcova. Last year, 578 state vouchers were used in Lázně Luhačovice, and none were accepted last year.
Martin Voženílek, director of the Janské Lázně State Medical Spa, evaluates the program positively. In Janské Lázně last year about 2360 clients used vouchers, in 2020 about 660. “At that beginning we were a bit embarrassed, the program started and the spa closed, so such help did not help. Gradually, however, it improved, last year the program finally helped us a lot. “Voženílek told ČTK today. He does not expect that there will be as much interest in vouchers this year as last year.
In the Klimkovice Sanatorium near Ostrava, 84 people used vouchers in 2020 and 299 people last year. “The interest was greater than our capacity in both years, because we primarily try to satisfy the maximum number of applicants for spa treatment,” said sanatorium spokeswoman Ivana Gračková. Due to the great interest in the classic spa treatment in Klimkovice, they did not need state support. 51 health professionals also took part in sanatorium programs, who used the state allowance.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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