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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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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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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.

EHTTA members among the candidates for Great Spas of Europe! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:45

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Congratulations to the members of EHTTA which have been proposed for the serial transnational World Heritage nomination for the “Great Spas of Europe”! Since the idea was first proposed in 2010, the members of the International Steering Group, and the International Working Group for the Great Spas of Europe project have been working hard to determine the criteria for the nomination, and to decide which spas should go forward to the next step of the UNESCO World Heritage nomination process.


The “Great Spas of Europe” are those which were at their most internationally famous, and which were culturally, medically and technically of European importance from the 18th century to the early 20th century, and which still continue as important spa towns today.


Studies which have been made by the International Steering Group of the Great Spas of Europe during the last five years have shown how important Europe’s spa towns have been in the development of health systems, communications systems, and of course the tourist industry. They have also highlighted the development and design of the “therapeutic landscape” in spa towns as part of the traditional cure – a tradition which continues to this day in many spa towns.


The EHTTA members which will go forward to the proposed serial nomination include Baden-Baden, Bath, Karlovy Vary, Montecatini Terme, Spa and Vichy. They are joined by Bad Ems, Bad Kissingen, Baden bei Wien, Františkovy Lázně, and Mariánské Lázně. We look forward to hearing more news about the nomination process as it progresses, although the results of the application will not be known until 2018 at the earliest.


Editors’ note: UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is responsible for the World Heritage List which now contains over 1000 sites globally, each of which has demonstrated, under the criteria contained in the World Heritage Convention, that they demonstrate qualities and attributes of Outstanding Universal Value.

EHTTA's Celebration@Sources on World Water Day PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 March 2016 14:34

News Release                                                                                                                                   18/03/16     Immediate Release

EHTTA Network’s Celebration@Sources

World Water Day on March 22nd each year is the day the world focuses on water, led by the United Nations, and in the EHTTA network, this is a very special day too!  World Water Day is the day on which members focus on the sources of water which make each of their towns so special, and which are the reasons the towns continue to exist and to draw visitors from all over the world to take the waters for leisure and health.  This year’s theme of “Water is Work” is particularly important to all those who work in the spa town sector, in and around water sources which are used for bathing and drinking for medicinal purposes and general wellbeing.

The European Route of Historical Thermal Towns at the Louvre! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 08:44

The European Route of Historical Thermal Towns at the Louvre in the framework of the 33rd edition of the Thermalies Fair the EHTTA network showcases the Route to the greater public.

The European Route of Historical Thermal Towns will be present at Thermalies Fair at the Carrousel du Louvre from 21 to 24 January, 2016
The 33rd edition of the Thermalies ( represents a new opportunity to showcase the European Route of Historical Thermal Towns to the greater public. With nearly 300 exhibitors and 32,000 visitors, the Thermalies stand out as THE point of reference for health and wellness in France and involve many international stakeholders. It shows new trends in the sector of hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy, spa and balneotherapy.

Cultural routes, a source for new forms of tourism development
During the Thermalies, EHTTA Association (European Historic Thermal Towns Association) will have its Executive Council meeting on the 21st January, 2016. On this occasion EHTTA will present to the members its new promotion strategy. A strategy based on storytelling, for a better understanding of the European thermal cultural heritage that narrates the thermal Europe as a tourist destination through innovative communication tools

EHTTA Association (European Historic Thermal Towns Association)
The European Association of Historical Thermal Towns (EHTTA) is a network created in 2009 in Brussels, which includes thirty spa towns (among them Vichy - France, Baden Baden - Germany, Bath - United Kingdom, Ourense - Spain, Montecatini Terme - Italy but also Budapest - Hungary, Daruvar - Croatia, Chaves - Portugal and Loutra Pozar - Greece) in 13 European countries, characterized by an emblematic architectural heritage and whose of thermal waters are recognized for their healing properties throughout Europe.

The aims of this European network are to obtain the recognition of innovative and cultural specificities of European spa towns at the European Union, in order to develop the tourist sector in the frame of a new plan, by encouraging cross-border tourism of a "Destination Europe". EHTTA encourages the development, the economic redeployment of spa towns and the safeguard of their cultural and historic heritage through exchanges of experience and good practices at European level.

All EHTTA towns are integral to the cultural route of the historic thermal towns, one of the 33cultural routes recognized by the Council of Europe, as well as the cultural route of St James Ways, the first to receive this label of European citizenship, exactly 28 years ago.

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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.

EHTTA strengthen cooperation with ESPA in the promotion of thermal tourism PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2016 08:10

EHTAA_ESPA_meetingAt the EHTTA Executive Council held in Paris on September 30th, representatives from this network had the opportunity to meet delegates from the new board of the European Spas Association (ESPA), in order to explore new opportunities for a future partnership. As a result, a formal invitation has been extended to ESPA to attend the forthcoming EHTTA event at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, a starting point to set up a stronger cooperation between two European associations of different nature but with a common mission: the promotion and safeguarding of European thermal resources.


Following the event in Strasbourg, scheduled for September 15th. A second encounter will take place within the “Rencontresnationales duthermalisme”, in Vittel on 24-25th November. In order to coordinate this inter-institutional dialogue,EHTTA PresidentMr. Giuseppe Bellandi has appointed Jean-François Beraud, EHTTA’s 3rd vice-president and president of the FederationThermale Climatique Française as EHTTA’s representative in talks with ESPA.

EHTTA General Assembly in Karlovy Vary PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 April 2016 15:48

Karlovy Vary with Hotel Imperial

The next General Assembly of the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) will be held on April 14th in Karlovy Vary at the Hotel Imperial, one of Europe’s most impressive spa hotels, built in 1912. An international delegation of 50 delegates from nearly 30 member spa towns will attend this event, held over 2 days, and comprising the General Assembly, workshops on tourism and communication and a study tour of the Czech Golden Triangle of thermal spa towns.

EHTTA, which represents nearly 40 spa towns and regions across Europe holds its General Assemblies twice a year in order to network between the members and to further develop its work programme. These meetings are also an opportunity to learn more about member towns, and EHTTA is particularly pleased to be able to go on a study tour on this occasion, to learn more about the spa towns of Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně and Loket – and area known as the “Spa Triangle”.

President of EHTTA and Mayor of Montecatini Terme, Mr Giuseppe Bellandi said: “This is EHTTA’s first visit to the Czech Republic and to the Karlovy Vary Region, and I am very pleased that the Association is able to hold a General Assembly here in one of Europe’s most famous spa towns. We are looking forward to finding out more about the region and its heritage during our study visit, particularly about the many sources of water which made the region so popular for spa visitors. We are grateful to the Mayors of Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně , and all the staff of the Municipality who have worked so hard to make EHTTA’s visit here a success.”

This is an exciting time for the Association, as EHTTA will welcome several new members during the General Assembly, and will discuss several more applications for membership.

EHTTA at the HTI Conference in Vienna PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:33

News Release 17/02/16 Immediate Release

EHTTA at the HTI Conference in Vienna 3-5 March

EHTTA, the European Historic Thermal Towns Association is delighted to announce that it will be taking part in the HTI (Health Tourism Industry) Conference in Vienna. Recognised as one of the largest events in Central and Southern Europe, the HTI Conference, brings together over 300 top executives from the global health tourism sector.

Two EHTTA representatives will be speaking on Day One of the conference, on “Globally Recognised European Destinations of Health”. The EHTTA, which also runs the Council of Europe’s Cultural Route of Historic Thermal Spa Towns, and is a prominent member of the Cultural Routes Programme, is well placed to speak about European Destinations of health. Its 35 members span Europe from Galaalti in Azerbaijan to Caldas de la Rainha in Portugal, and from the Roman city of Bath to ancient spas in Greece. EHTTA is committed to promoting not only the health benefits of its myriad sources of water, but the history and cultural heritage surrounding these historically important towns, all of which still possess significant historic architecture related to their function as spa towns dedicated to the health and wellbeing of their visitors.


Europe’s Historic Spa Towns can be credited with developing some of the earliest forms of tourism, so it is very appropriate that the Association has a presence at the HTI Conference. EHTTA will be very ably represented by LUCA BRUSCHI, International relationships and Communitarian policies at European Historic Thermal Towns Association and MARCEL MEDAK, mag.cin, Director at Daruvar Thermal Spa and President of the Health Tourism Cluster, Croatia.


President of EHTTA, and the Mayor Montecatini Terme in Italy, 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 HTI Conference in Vienna, 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!”


Membership Benefits PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 November 2015 12:11

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