Enhancing the renowned Gyula Castle Spa
Important works on Hungary’s Gyula Castle Spa means it can now stay open all year round, while serving its clients optimally.
" The year of operations saw 166 701 new guests to AquaPalota alone. This translates into a 26.5 % increase in annual visitors to Gyula Castle Spa. The expansion has also opened up a new niche market for the company. "
The main objective of the ERDF-funded project was to better separate the existing spa functions such as the thermal bath, medical services and sports pools so that each would function separately. An extension was also constructed, while the spa’s overall quality of service was improved.
The spa’s building was almost completely refurbished and an indoor family spa with new pools, slides, rest areas, playgrounds and saunas was added to the existing complex. The investment also saw the drilling of new wells and the construction of new parking spaces to serve the ever expanding visitor numbers.
Indoor Water Park: AquaPalota
A new 6 338 m2 indoor complex known as AquaPalota (Aquapalace) was also built and houses five new pools, three slides, a water bar, a sauna world, two playgrounds and a parent-baby corner.
Officially launched in December 2013, the new indoor complex is open throughout the year to those who don’t use the spa primarily for its thermal water benefits.
The spa’s elements such as its medicinal spa, medical services, sports pools, and wellness centre were redesigned in such a way that they now function independently of each other. This eliminates any disturbances between different groups of clients.
The project created 21 new jobs and offers 21 new services to its guests. The entire complex has also been made fully accessible for the disabled.
Gyula Castle Spa has a long history in the South Great Plain region. Up to 600 000 guests use its internationally recognised services each year.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Gyula Castle Spa Development 2009” is HUF 2 397 439 161 (approximately EUR 7 675 689), of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing HUF 1 018 911 150 (approximately EUR 3 262 808) from the Operational Programme “South Great Plain” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.
FundEuropean Regional Development Fund
Operational programmeOperational Programme 'South Great Plain'
Project duration06/2012 - 12/2013
Total InvestmentEUR 7 675 689
EU InvestmentEUR 3 262 808
HU -5700 , Gyula
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