On 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.
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.