Last week (21-24 Jan) the European Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), which manages the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns took part in the Thermalies Fair at the Carrousel du Louvre.
Now in its 33rd year, the Thermalies exhibition is probably the most important annual health and wellness event in France, showcasing many of France’s most important thermal spa towns, as well as a number of international partners. EHTTA, as an association which represents more than 30 historic thermal spa towns in 13 European countries was delighted to have a stand which could publicise the activities of the Association and its members and its activities as a cultural route to over 32,000 visitors.
EHTTA also took the opportunity to hold its Executive Council meeting at the Exhibition, to discuss developments within the Association, including the approval of new applicants to EHTTA, and to prepare for its next General Assembly in Karlovy Vary in April.
President of EHTTA, and the Mayor Montecatini Terme, Mr Giuseppe Bellandi said: “Our Association has grown from small beginnings in 2009 when just six towns sat around the table, to one of increasing importance with over 30 members in 13 countries. We represent towns that all have an important heritage, often dating back to Roman times and beyond, and which are important for the growing tourism sectors of health and wellness. As we grow, the Association is keen to be visible on a wider European stage, not only at exhibitions such as the Thermalies in Paris, but also with other cultural routes, and crucially at a political level in Brussels. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and active membership which is working to ensure that the future health and prosperity of these important historic thermal spa towns is assured as much as the health and wellbeing of their visitors!”