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The 35th Edition of the International Tourist Fair “Holiday & SPA Expo”, February 2018: Digitalisation of the sector, new perspectives and local culture as a most valuable part of the spa culture



Bringing together the entire hospitality industry, HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO was a unique opportunity for making new contacts, expanding the client and partnership network, and carrying out business meetings with professionals from all over the world and from all walks  of tourism.

During the first day, the exhibition was accessible only for professionals, which provided a comfortable working environment for meeting current and future partners. Every year, HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO welcomes more than 350 exhibiting companies and over 20 000 professionals from the tourism industry – participants, visitors and guests.

NOLA7 was part of the EXPO, where Mrs. Angelkova, Bulgarian minister of Tourism, headlined that digitalization is a major priority in tourism, and Bulgaria is making a long-term concept for its development.

As a part of the Ministry’s initiatives during Bulgaria’s presidency of the EU Council, the roundtable was attended by Renata Pindjo, Deputy Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Republic of Serbia. Maria Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, who participated via a video address.

In fact, NOLA7 is an active promotor in the digitalisation of the wellness and SPA industry in Bulgaria, and has really helped the sector to grow in that direction. Water leisure will continue to expand globally and NOLA7 intends to be everywhere its services and know how will be demanded. Being NOLA7 always one step ahead with swimming pool, water park and SPA technologies, digitalisation and mobility will go hand in hand in order to secure a smarter water entertainment and relaxation.

As a whole, Bulgarian tourism needs a long-term sustainable digitalisation concept, and «we are developing it», stated Minister Angelkova.

With an increase of 9% of the visitors, most of the visitors were specialists who chose HOLIDAY & SPA EXPO as a platform to promote their destinations, products and services, such as: national tourism organizations and tourism boards, branch organizations, tour operators, travel agencies, hotels and resorts, municipalities, regional and local tourism councils, spa and wellness centres, fitness equipment dealers and manufacturers, transport companies, vocational schools, specialised agencies for eco and rural tourism, golf & wine tourism providers, children and youth tourism, entertainment, attractions, schools and studios, art and sports clubs, software, publishing and media. All of them share one thing in common –  an undertstanding about the need of digitalisation.

Have you considered a water park yet? Here are 4 reasons why you should!



The water parks are there to find the balance between thrill and comfort for the majority of preferences. Some of us love the excitement of being helplessly twisted, turned, splashed into water with great speed! No one seems to be immune to the happiness caused by the endorphin boost, and the bottom of the slide is usually a place where the most beautiful smiles (even from the grumpiest faces) can be seen! Still some are not the thrill seekers and there is nothing wrong with that. The water park is a place where everyone can find and follow their own rhythm – apart from riding the slides, you can relax, read your favorite book while getting your Vitamin D and tan from the sun or have a go at the bar or restaurants . And there are plenty of smooth, relaxing rides – why not take your favorite cocktail and take a ride on the “lazy river”?

A great feature of water parks is the added safety and comfort for parents. That’s the reason why so many families chose to make a mandatory stop at the parks! All the rides undergo vigorous testing before they are put online, and staff is there to ensure instructions are followed, so it’s guaranteed that even the most breath-catching slides are safe from harm. Additionally, since it’s an enclosed area – children can play freely without the risk of going too far in their games. Well, supervision is of course a parent’s responsibility, but the excitement from the slides keeps the little ones happy for hours on end. Meanwhile parents can take some quality time for themselves.

Water parks are rarely alike – they come in all shapes and sizes. Indoor or outdoor, branded thematic or educational, with or without in-house accommodation, you name it! And as for the importance of the thrill of the ride vouch the tens of thousands zealous followers that travel the world to experience a newly opened park, or a new design of a slide. Some people turn into water park “junkies”! Just go to http://www.themeparkreview.com/ to see what I mean… These might be the pickiest guests of a park – they will easily spot the differences of the rides and complain or commend the facilities – but let’s face it – they are the ones that drive the innovation forward, and are the most passionate about the slides.

Water parks are great for local tourism, communities and economy. It’s one of those things you do good, by feeling good. A water park can attract tourism to remote areas, or promote historical heritage sites. The boost to income and employment can be a regional game changer. More and more water parks are being considered as an option for public spending of municipalities, due to the ability to build healthy communities by getting people together in a pleasant and welcoming way.

Converting an old dusty room into a starry snow room


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You have got this old dusty room or basement that you are thinking of how to make it really look different and surprising for your friends and guests, in a totally unique manner and … function. A starry snowy room can be a one off solution for you.

Before anything, remember that any cold treatments are to be applied in conjunction with a hot one such as a hot shower, swimming pool or a sauna or, if you are really big on the experience, all of these can be done altogether.

You will have a beautiful cold room designed and decorated with a moon fire effects, artificial rocks and ice and snow covering parts of the room or, if preferred, even greater parts of the room combined with a spectacular snow falling attraction from the starry night sky – a ceiling that is going to emanate the peacefulness of the universe.

How will you use your snow room? First of all, the main wellness function will be to improve your blood circulation and wake up your immune system, for you will also become more alert but at the same time your good mood will return and all the stress of the busy day will immediately go away. Moreover, your skin and hair will become shinier and healthier. It is a super great experience recommended to everyone who wishes to stimulate and improve the body and mind.

You shall have no issues using a snow room if you are not sick with fever and you haven’t used alcohol before that. If you feel brave enough to jump into the cold premise, this adventure is for you and you can make of it your own wellness habit.

Nonetheless, forget about the cold and snow rooms if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, heart and respiratory conditions.

Pushing the boundaries further. A cold / snow room that is used for wellness can also be used for fun and sharing with others. For example, an ice table and an ice bench can be added up to the décor. By only doing this, you will already have a cold guest room with a combined functionality.

Using it as a place to invite friends, this time wearing warm cloths, they will be able to sit and stay for not more than an hour enjoying a drink and the play of the falling snow, the lights and colours from the ceiling and all around the room. Low temperatures will stimulate brain activity, while a cup of a stylish tea will warm up the conversation. A totally relaxing experience is guaranteed from a busy day. Sound proof isolation in some cases can bring an extra comfort.

Finally, when already warmed up taking a very hot shower or staying in a cozy sauna, you can put off the cloths and hop into the room with your swimming suit to challenge yourself and boost your defense system through the cold wellness effect.

Four NOLA7 SPA projects made it again to the hall of fame

Images, 3D’s and plans for four SPA projects were submitted upon the request of the prestigious Images Publishing Group for the next edition of Spa Interior Design. The Chinese office of the publishing house, originally based in Melbourne, Australia, with offices in London and New York has writers, editors and distribution agents actively working with it worldwide, contacted NOLA7 to participate in the spa almanac. The Images Publishing Group  (est. 1983) is one of the world’s most prestigious international publishers of architecture and design titles, and provides a global platform that has influenced and showcased the world’s leading and emerging architects and designers for four decades. More than 300 high-profile architects have already appointed Images Publishing to publish important articles about their works.