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Eight Croatian spas will this week be awarded with "Sustainable Spa" certificates following several months of assessment that confirm that they apply sustainable green standards in all business segments, the Association of Employers in Croatian Hospitality (UPUHH) reported on Monday.

Of the eleven spas in Croatia, eight will receive the first sustainability certificates that will be presented at a ceremony in Zagreb on Wednesday. The spas to be awarded are: Sv. Martin na Muri, Terme Tuhelj, Varazdinske Toplice, the Veli Losinj health resort, Terme Jezercica, Istarske Toplice, Bizovacke Toplice and Daruvarske Toplice.

"They have all met the demanding criteria for certification and I believe that this will be beneficial, not just because it will bring in more guests from markets where this has long been applied like in Scandinavia and other places but also because it will increase their competitiveness and income," UPUHH director Iva Bahunek said.

Recalling that UPUHH had conducted similar certification for hotels, Bahunek noted that this business with spas was the continuation of the "Green Business in Hospitality" project that UPUHH launched in 2012 with the aim of defining criteria and introducing so-called green business operation in hotels to raise the competitiveness of Croatian tourism.

To date, 42 hotels in Croatia have been awarded with Sustainable Hotel certificates and last year we launched the certification of spas, which was aimed at introducing green business in spas by the end of last year, Bahunek underscored.

She added that the hotel industry had in 1990 introduced the aspect of green business practise.

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