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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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Europa Nostra UK Annual Meeting, Bath, 13th-15thSeptember, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 July 2017 08:00

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Europa Nostra UK, in association with the City of Bath World Heritage Site and the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), is holding its 2017 meeting in Bath from 13th until 15th September. The European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), certified by the Council of Europe, is for the first time an official partner of the event.


This year’s Duncan-Sandys Lecture will be given by the distinguished Oxford archaeologist, Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe.


The theme of this day-conference is unsurprisingly the European Historic Spa Towns for which the organisers have assembled an array of distinguished and internationally celebrated speakers, including EHTTA Scientific Comittee's president, Mr. Paul Simons.


Bath, a member of EHTTA, is known for its ensemble of Georgian buildings, including the fine Assembly Rooms, and for its Roman Baths, the venue of the main Conference Dinner. A walk around town and an outing through the English countryside to see the delightful small City of Wells, with its famed Cathedral, will allow to participants to gain a context for our activities. The organisers have also made arrangements for participants to have the opportunity to enjoy the facilities of the Thermae Bath Spa.


EHTTA welcomes the Brazilian town of Poços de Caldas as its first overseas member PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:46

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The decision was approved during the EHTTA General Assembly in Caldas da Rainha (Portugal) last May

Acknowledging the influence of European spa culture beyond its continental boundaries, the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns of the Council of Europe has make a step forward on its international relations by welcoming the entrance of the Brazilian town of Poços de Caldas as new member.


Poços de Caldas, a town designed under the guidelines of European spa architecture styles, has the honour to hold one of the very first thermal establishment of South America.  Graced with plenty of hot springs still gushing hot waters nowadays, one of its main attraction is the spa "Thermas Antônio Carlos", built in 1931, and whose imposing neoclassical architecture evokes the old days where the Portuguese Royal family and the Brazilian aristocracy came here to sample the sulphurous waters.

Stefano Dominioni, Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes, "Channels of Dialogue" PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 March 2017 19:18

The European Route of HIstoric Thermal Towns is one of over 30 Routes certified by the COuncil of Europe, all based ion themes whic are central to the cultural heritage of Europe.  The Cultural Route Programme  was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987 with the Route of Santiago de Compostela, and now, in 2017, it is celebrating its 30th anniversary.


On the ocassion of this important date, the EHHTA would like to share the inspiring interview with Stefano Dominioni, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, published on the website Best Cultural Destinations. A vivid narration of the Cultural Routes Programme of the Council of Europe, a journey tohrough space and time to understand Europe's shared and living cultural heritage:


Over the past 30 years, the notion of cultural heritage has evolved. Once thought of simply as a particular architectural or monumental object which needed to be preserved for future generations, the term now means an appreciation of a broader cultural and territorial heritage context imbued with its immateriality. This evolution has fostered a deeper understanding of the value of a culture and a place, and the meaning its inhabitants attach to its heritage, in both its tangible and intangible manifestations, spanning from churches to local traditions, and from architecture to landscapes. 

Continue reading the full interview in BCD website:

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.  

Don't miss the opportunity to meet our association at the HTI conference - Register here:
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

La version française à télécharger ici

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 at the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 17:21



The European Association of Historic Thermal Towns participated in  the meeting of the Alliance on 27 April in BOZAR, Brussels. The event brought together members of this international platform in order to explore new paths of cooperation between organizations towards the celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.


The program included an exchange of views with the European Commission’s Head of the EYCH 2018 task force, Catherine Magnant, as well as a session for the preparation of the Voices of Culture meeting.


On the same day, the European Parliament adopted the Decision establishing 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage by a large majority, securing an specific budget for cultural projects that will become part of the celebrations. Now the Council shall adopt the text, a decission which is expected to be taken in May.


The EHTTA became a member of The European Heritage Alliance 3.3 in March 2017 following its belief about thermal culture being a core part of European heritage. The Alliance is an informal European sectoral platform composed of more than 40 European or international networks and organisations active in the wider field of cultural heritage.Launched in 2011 on ocassion of the European Heritage Congress organised by Europa Nostra in Amsterdam, bringing together Europe’s civil society organisations, historic cities and villages, museums, heritage professionals and volunteers, etc.


The coordination of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 is part of Europa Nostra’s network project Mainstreaming Heritage funded by Creative Europe.


+ info about the EYCH2018


+ info about The European Heritage Alliance


 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.


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.


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