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All EHTTA news releases and articles related to EHTTA activities are listed below, and updated regularly.

ScoopIt is a news service curated by the former Delegate General of EHTTA and former Director of the Institute of Cultural Routes, Mr Michel Thomas-Penette. He scans the news around the spa towns of Europe and collects them into a themed, constantly changing newsletter, full of interesting information on the culture and heritage of the EHTTA members. Please do check in on this service regularly, as it is an amazing resource!

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 HTI Conference in Croatia a great success for EHTTA PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:43

HTI ForumOn February 29th a delegation of the European European Historical Thermal Towns Association attended the 7th HTI Conference in Rovinj, Croatia. This meeting point for the health tourism industry, the largest event of this kind in Central and Southeast Europe, welcomed EHTTA representatives in order to showcase the best practices and projects of the network, introducing the European Thermal Route of the Council of Europe to a large professional public.


EHTTA had a busy agenda for this 3 days conference. On the 1st March, Luca Bruschi, in charge of EHTTA international relations, showed off network’s good practices at a dedicated forum, which also included the presentation of the Thermal Atlas, an ongoing project to catalogue European thermal resources from an interdisciplinary approach that has already been developed in some of EHTTA members towns. The project aims to preserve and raise public awareness about abandoned thermal heritage, in the scope of the European Year of Cultural Heritage to celebrate in 2018. Along with the EHTT Forum, the Association was represented as well in the panel "Thermal Spas and rehabilitation centres are going big!”, where President Giuseppe BELLANDI participated as a speaker, introducing EHTTA involvement and goals on thermalism and health tourism.

European Health Industry (EHTI) Summit

During the 7th HTI Conference, the Croatian Chamber of Economy organized the European Health Tourism Industry Summit – a closed 120 min session that brought together leaders from European and international institutions, associations and industry. EHTTA was represented by Marcel MEDAK, Medical Director of Daruvar Spa - EHTTA member- at this meeting, which aimed to discuss common challenges and opportunities in creating a joint platform to boost Europe as tourism destination. The outcome document agreed by Summit participants gathers relevant topics and conclusion on the subject, and will be submitted to MEPs and other relevant European institutions to underscore the importance of health tourism in this strategy.


The European Route of Historic Thermal Town at the 7th HTI conference in Croatia PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:11


The European Association of Historic Thermal Towns (EHTTA) will attend for the second time the HTI (Health Tourism Industry) conference that will take place in the beautiful city of Rovinj, Croatia, between February 28th and March 2nd. More than 30 European spa destinations will be represented by EHTTA at this prestigious event, one the largest meeting for the spa industry in Central and Southern Europe: an excellent opportunity to showcase their unique historic and cultural heritage, along with their healing mineral-water springs.


On March, 1st EHTTA will hold a dedicated session in the framework of the HTI conference, introducing this network, which runs the Council of Europe’s Cultural Route of Historic Thermal Spa Towns, as its latest projects for the promotion and safeguarding of European thermalism. The forum will be conducted by LUCA BRUSCHI, International relationships and Communitarian policies at EHTTA, and MARCEL MEDAK, Director ar Daruvar Thermal Spa and President of the Health Tourism Clouster of Croatia. EHTTA Scientific Committee Vice-president MARIO CRECENTE will present the Thermal Atlas of Europe, an exciting project to map and document all the spa towns and thermal resources across Europe. The Mayor of Krapinske Toplica (Croatia), ERNEST SVAŽIĆ will also take part in this session.


During the 3-days event, the EHTTA wil have an exhibition stand at the hotel Lone in Rovinj, so visitors can establish further contact with the association.


The EHTTA was created in 2009 in Brussels, and soon after, in 2010 was designated responsible for the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns of the Council of Europe. It features some of the most important spa cities across the continent, including Daruvar (Croatia) Spa (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary), Vichy and Evian (France), Montecatini and Acqui Terme (Italy), Baden-Baden (Germany), Bursa (Turkey) or and Loutra Pozar (Greece), a few among its 38 members in 13 European countries. The aims of this European network are to obtain recognition for the innovative and cultural qualities of European spa towns at the European Union level, in order to develop a new plan for the tourist sector by encouraging cross-border tourism. EHTTA also encourages the economic development of spa towns and the safeguarding of their cultural and built heritage through exchanges of experience and good practices at European level.  

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EHTTA at Les Thermalies, the leading event for water and well-being in France PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 January 2017 08:19

The European Historical Thermal Towns Association will hold a press event at Le Carrousel du Louvre on January 19th

The European Historical Thermal Towns Association, responsible for the eponymous Cultural Route certified by the Council of Europe, will take part in Les Thermalies, one of the leading professional event dedicated to wellness and thermalism in France. The international network will hold a press conference and presentation at the fair, scheduled for January 19th, at 14.30 h, at Le Carrousel du Louvre (Paris). The purpose of this meeting is to present EHTTA actions and prospects for 2017, with particular emphasis on the the preparations for European Cultural Heritage Year 2018.


EHTTA Honorary president, Mr. Christian Corne, and Financial Manager, Mrs.Marion Vansingle, will be the speakers introducing the labour of the association, which works for the valorization and recognition of the European thermal culture. They will be joined by the Responsible for Cultural Itineraries from the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, Mr. Phillip Denis-Fee, who will discuss the presence of the European Cultural Routes programme within the French context, highlighting the contribution of the EHTTA to the promotion of French thermal heritage, gathering key agents such as the Fédération Thermale et Climatique Française (FTCF) or the Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central. Mr. Michel Playe, responsible for the tourist office of Enghien-les-Bains, will also take part, proving insight into the experience of this French town, its benefits and possibilities for international positioning. More information about this international association which represents almost 40 historic thermal spa towns in 13 European countries will be available at the Enghien-les-Bains stand in Les Thermalies.

Travel agents, journalists, wellness stakeholders and authorities are welcomed to join EHTTA event on Thursday, January 19th, at 14.30 h at Les Thermalies (Carrousel du Louvre - Paris) - Salle Mezzanine Dali

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EHTTA General Assembly in Salsomaggiore Terme PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 03:56

SalsomaggioreThe impressive Nouveau building of Berzieri Spa, in Salsomaggiore Terme - one of the most famous spas of Italy, will be the venue chosen for the next General Assembly of the European Historic Thermal Towns Association on October 19th. Delegates from member spa towns will attend this two-days meeting, a great opportunity for networking and sharing experiences but also to follow up last news on the development of EHHTA work programme.


Representatives from other Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe; Via Francigena, ATRIUM and The European Route of Ceramics, have been invited to participate in one of the workshops in agenda, focused on communication strategies for Cultural Routes. There will be also time for a study visit through the spa facilities of Berzieri and Tabiano Terme, and also to marvel at the therapeutic landscapes of Emilia Romagna region, part of pilgrim's route of Vía Francigena.

EHTTA gains political support for thermal heritage in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 September 2016 08:48

strasbourgweb2MEPS from Italy, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Croatia or Portugal, among others, attended last 15th September a meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg where the European Historic Thermal Towns (EHTTA) had the opportunity to present its work as a Cultural Route certified by the Council of Europe. The international non-profit association introduced its latest project, the Thermal Atlas; a ambitious initiative on the study of European thermal culture developed by EHTTA Scientific Committee. EHTTA President, Giuseppe Bellandi, said: “The Atlas can become the the best available database about European thermal heritage and a prime source of information, easily available  for the general public”.

The event was hosted by the MEP Francisco Millán Mon , co-President of the European Parliament Intergroup “European Tourism Development, Cultural Heritage, Ways of St. James and other European Cultural Routes”, and MEP Silvia Costa, President of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education. The Council of Europe was also represented through the Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, Mr. Stefano Dominioni.


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The European Historic Thermal Towns Association meets the Fruit Fair in Caldas da Rainha PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 September 2016 10:25

Caldas presentationBetween  19 and 28 August  EHTTA member Caldas da Rainha (Portugal) held the Frutos Fair 2016, one of  its  most popular festivals during the year. The European Historic Thermal Towns  was invited to join this event that celebrates  the best of regional horticulture industry and local cuisine, offering cookings, demonstrations, workshops but also music and family entertainment. Committed to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and wellbeing, the fair featured a health&wellbeing space where EHTTA had  an information stand, showcasing the wide and rich spa culture this Association promotes across Europe.

First 2017 EHTTA meeting in Enghien-les-Bains: Ready to celebrate 30th anniversary of the Council of Europe Routes Programme PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 09:47

16114023 10206834678140176 8086965181236539667 nThe first Executive Council meeting of the European Association of Historic Thermal Towns took place between 18th - 19th January in Enghien-les-Bains (France). Participants had the opportunity to attend a fundraising workshop focused on EU Structural Funds, brainstorming potentials projects that may contribute to boost EHTTA’s labour on the safeguarding and protection of European thermal heritage. The session was followed up by a discussion on the work programme and agenda for 2017, addressing EHTTA next public events - HTI conference in Rovinj (Croatia) and Intercare Medical Tourism Trade Fair in Milan (Italy) - and the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Council of Europe Routes Programme, marked this year.


On the 19th EHTTA representatives also attended Les Thermalies, France’s most important professional fair on thermalism and wellness, where they held a press conference with the support of the French Ministries of Culture and Communication and Tourism. “We are pleased to hold this very first Executive Council of our association in Enghien-les-Bains, a place not only well-known for its mineral hot springs waters but also for its creativity, as it has been designated a UNESCO City of Media Arts. It is a perfect example of how health, wellness and culture go hand in hand in our member spa towns” said EHTTA President Giuseppe Bellandi.


Congratulations to the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Mr A. Tajani


The European Historic Thermal Towns Association welcomes the election of Mr. Antonio Tajani as the new President of the European Parliament, confident that this decision is a step ahead in the valorization of European cultural heritage as a tool for sustainable development. As Commissioner of Tourism (2009 - 2014), he was a key actor for the implementation of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, boosting the cooperation between the Council of Europe and the European Commission which has made possible for this programme to keep growing year by year.


“We know that President Tajani has taken into particular consideration our project and our network of thermal towns, as well the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Programme. We had the opportunity to share with him the celebrations of European Tourism Day in 2010 (Brussels) and 2011 (Budapest), where he explicitly mentioned our thermal route and EHTTA as a model of good practice for sustainable and tourist development of territories" Bellandi said.

EHTTA ready to make a splash in WTM London PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 08:51

WTM2015 170 98446The European Historic Thermal Towns Association will be present at WTM London, one of the largest global events of the tourism industry

EHTTA’s Scientific Committee President, Paul Simons, will be one of the panellists of the Wellness Travel Symposium on the 8th November

The stories, buildings, culture, festivals and healing mineral-water springs integral to European thermal heritage will be showcased for the first time at the World Travel Market fair to be held in London on 7-9 November. The European Historic Thermal Towns Association, responsible for the European Cultural Route of Thermal Towns of the Council of Europe, will have a pod at the WTM Wellness Lounge, a dedicated area for the spa industry, which is open to visitors on the 9th November. Tourist packages from EHTTA members, almost 40 spa destinations in 13 European countries, will be presented at this high-profile platform, which includes a Speed Networking Session linking up exhibitors with high calibre travel buyers and tour operators.


Termatalia México & SEET 2016 in Serbia - EHTTA takes European Thermal Heritage all over the world PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 13:38

termataliaThe European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) took part last week in two important  worldwide tourism exhibitions:  the International Exhibition of Thermal Tourism, Health and Wellness Termatalia,  in Coahuila, Mexico; and the 6th Business  Conference “'Tourism Market of Southeast Europe - SEET 2016'', in Belgrade, Serbia.  The Association was invited in order to bring its expertise in managing a cultural route certified by the Council of Europe that comprises almost 40 destinations in 13 different countries.  Two great opportunities in terms of visibility, allowed the Association not only to exchange and learn about experiences of health tourism in South America, Asia and Europe, but also to meet and share its passion and understanding of Europe’s unique thermal spa culture with a great number of experts and stakeholders.


Brochure showcases the best of EHTTA and the Cultural Route to MEPs in Strasbourg PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 September 2016 13:37

EHTTA, the European Historic Thermal Towns Association is delighted to be launching its new brochure at a presentation for MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg next week.

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This presentation will be an opportunity to launch EHTTA new brochure, showing the versatility, creativity and aspirations of this international non-profit association. Communications Manager for EHTTA, Catherine Lloyd said, “We needed a new brochure to reflect the fact that EHTTA has grown from 26 members to nearly 40 members in the last three years, and to include our newest members. We wanted to go for a look which would really show off our towns – their history, architecture, culture and of course the thermal water sources themselves, and we feel that this brochure, designed and printed by Buckland Media in the UK will be a fantastic advert for the Association and its members.” 

The presentation to MEPs will take place on Thursday 15th September at the European Parliament Building in Strasbourg, and is hosted by MEP Francisco Millán Mon, co-President of the Intergroup “European Tourism Development, Cultural Heritage, Ways of St James and other European Cultural Routes”, MEP Silvia Costa, President of the Committee on Culture & Education of the European Parliament, and by Mr Giuseppe Bellandi, President of EHTTA and Mayor of Montecatini.

EHTTA presentation on European Thermal Heritage at EU Parliament in Strasbourg PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 July 2016 06:31

47089 strasbourg parlement europeen de strasbourgThe key role that historic thermal towns should play in the construction of a European tourism destination committed with sustainable development, culture and well being will be discussed at the European Parliament in Strasbourg next 15th September. The European Association of Historic Thermal Towns is organizing a presentation hosted by MEP Millán Mon, co-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on European tourism development, cultural heritage and the Way of St James and other Cultural Routes, and MEP Silvia Costa, President of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education.


The presentation will increase the visibility of an international network which has been working for understanding and safeguarding of European thermal heritage for almost seven years, and will be open to Members of EU Parliament, tourism stakeholders, researchers and journalists, as well as delegations from the EHTTA member cities. Representatives from the Council of Europe and the European Institute of Cultural Routes will also take part, supporting a network which in 2010 was certified as Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.


At the event, EHTTA will showcase the very first pilot of the Thermal Atlas project, an ambitious initiative for the study and dissemination of the Thermal Heritage of Europe. Lead by this association and developed by its Scientific Committee, the Thermal Atlas aims to become the most complete resource on thermalism in Europe, building an essential database on the natural, cultural and intangible resources that have made of thermal towns key actors in the history and identity of Europe, places devoted to well-being, health, culture, art and landscape.

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