Romanian Organisation of Spas’ Owners (ROSO – OPTBR in Romanian) was founded in 1993 having as main task to sustain the development and the promotion of the balneary tourism.
As main objective, could be mentioned shortly :
- to represent the interests of its members in the relation with different third parties on domestic and international level
-to promote the natural balneary potential on domestic and international market
- to sustain the development of the relation with other associations and official bodies in order to create a healthy cooperation and a correct competition between all players in tourism, official bodies, local authorities, etc.
- to create and sustain public-privat partnerships, to promote projects for the development of the sector using European fonds
- to organize courses for qualification and specialization of human resources needed in the sector, including for management of units and to cooperate for elaborating research courses
ROSO/OPTBR became member of the European Spa Association (ESPA) in 2006; in 2008 was elected for the position as vicepresident in the Managing Board of ESPA; in 2012 was elected again till 2016 on the same position.
In order to develop the relation with other involved structures, ROSO/OPTBR signed Agreements and Partnwerships with : the National Institute for Balneology, with the Association of Mayers from the Spa Towns, with the National Association of Travel Agents, with the National Association for Rural, Cultural and Ecological Tourism, with the Romanian Association for Balneology, etc.
As main activities: organizing of seminars and conferences, of courses for qualification, printing of materials (maps, catalogs, newsletters, etc.) , participation at domestic and international tourism fairs and exhibitions; recently it finished an European project financed by the program POSDRU for qualification of 2200 persons, in 13 different occupation in tourism, especially for the balneary sector.
Now, ROSO/OPTBR is involved in developing of an another European project togheter with ESPA and other 7 countries, dedicated to promote the old spas, where the Romans soldiers were cured by the natural factors. The oldest spa in Romania, Baile Herculane, attested since the Roman soldiers, for 2000 years ago, is promoted by this project.
The main event organised by ROSO/OPTBR is the Romanian Market and Forum for Balneary Tourism ; it is organised once a year, at the end of September, each time in another spa-resort ; it became an important event on the Romanian market and this year will be organized the Xl th edition, in Sovata, between 30th of September till 2nd of October
The elected president till 2017 is Mr Nicu Radulescu.