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Patrick DE GROOTE & Ingrid MOLDEREZ

Spa, une exploitation géo-touristique de la plus ancienne station thermale d'Europe

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Index de mots-clés : géographie historique, géographie touristique, thermalisme, tourisme

Abstract

Studying Spa, the oldest spa resort of Europe, shows the following geo-touristic factors:

1. The existence of the spa sources gave the induction to develop from a small village into spa resort.

2. The historical geographical development has been largely influenced by the clientele, i.e. a luxury spa resort. The legislation in Belgium concerning the spa resorts had and still has a great impact on the evolution of the cures.

3. Since 1921 Spa Monopole, a daughter of the Group Spadel, has been exploiting the spa resources.

4. The accommodation in Spa is diversified, i.e. hotels, appartments, social tourism, spa centres, children's holiday centres and camp sites. Especially the hotel infrastructure has been characterised by qualitative and quantitative changes.

5. The tourist attractions are in close relationship with the thermalism, e.g. the casino, the trails and sport facilities.

Index by keyword : geography of tourism, historical geography, spa resorts, tourism

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Patrick DE GROOTE & Ingrid MOLDEREZ, «Spa, une exploitation géo-touristique de la plus ancienne station thermale d'Europe», BSGLg [En ligne], 32 (1996/1) - Recherches en Géographie Humaine, URL : https://popups.ulg.ac.be/0770-7576/index.php?id=3112.

About: Patrick DE GROOTE

Limburgs Universitair Centrum

Universitaire Campus

3590 DIEPENBEEK, BELGIQUE

About: Ingrid MOLDEREZ

Limburgs Universitair Centrum

Universitaire Campus

3590 DIEPENBEEK, BELGIQUE

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