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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 strengthen cooperation with ESPA in the promotion of thermal tourism PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2016 00:00

EHTAA_ESPA_meetingAt the EHTTA Executive Council held in Paris on June 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 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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EHTTA General Assembly and Cafe of Europe Bursa PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:27

The City of Bursa (Turkey) hosted the General Assembly of the European Historic Towns Associations, recognized as Council of Europe Cultural Route since 2009. The ancient capital of the Ottoman Empire is located on a stretch of the Silk Road and has a 1500 year historical thermal background. In this international context, two days of meetings, events and study visits took place from 19 to 21 October.

Invitation to the press conference PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:08

Invitation to the press conference presenting the European Association of Historic Thermal Towns at the European Parliament (04/15/2015 - 09: 00 AM)


Communiqué de Presse

Press Release

Invitation à la conférence de presse

Invitation to the press conference

Declaration (EN)

Declaration (FR)


The European Association of Historic Thermal Towns General Political Declaration presented by EHTTA President Giuseppe Bellandi at the European Parliament  on the occasion of the press conference organized at the European Parliament that took place on Wednesday, April 15th at 9:00 at the prescence of Mrs Silvia Costa, European MP, President of the Committee on Culture and Education.


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

Discover what are the benefits of becoming an EHTTA member.

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The case study of the Route of Historic Thermal Towns PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:19

The Final Dissertation in Innovation in cultural products by Mrs Jennifer Gaeta a student from the ALMA MATER STUDIORUM   University of Bologna - School of Economics Management and Statistic Campus Rimini – Second Cycle Degree programme in Tourism Economics and Management

The dissertation: Building Europe as a unique destination: The challenge of trans-national destination management in the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe analysed  three certified cultural routes of the Council of Europe among which the Route of Historic Thermal Towns (EHTTA) has been chosen a study case and model.

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Salsomaggiore Terme hosts the European Thermal Towns Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 12:09

Press release
Salsomaggiore Terme hosts the European Thermal Towns Exhibition

Salsomaggiore hosts the Exhibition of the European Thermal Towns Association, a network that joins Salsomaggiore Terme together with other 30 thermal European cities, such as Vichy, Bath, Baden Baden, Spa, Budapest and the Italians Montecatini Terme, Acqui Terme and Fiuggi.
From the 2nd until the 24th of December, appealing photos of Historical European Thermal Towns will be shown at the “Romagnosi” Public Library. Opening Times from Monday to Friday – from 8.00am to 18.30pm and Saturday from 8.30am to 17.30pm.
This Exhibition is the best opportunity to spread the knowledge and awareness to the public about the “spa towns - villes d’eaux”, through the display of photos about the European thermal heritage. The Exhibition, set up in the framework of the European network of historic thermal towns that organized the “Café of Europe”, is also hosted in Salsomaggiore Terme in order to underline the key role of our thermal city within this European network. The display of panels allow the tourist to sink into the prestigious universe of these smart cities, linking together the prosperous monumental nature of the thermal architecture and the wonderful ornamental details, besides the modern water functions, as a benefit of the Thermal heritage – said the Council member Elena Francani.
This Exhibition can be seen as an occasion to discover the main European Thermal Cities, with whom Salsomaggiore collaborates, in order to develop co mutual goals in the thermal, wellness, touristic, cultural field and local area strategic development. The collaboration will express itself, through the participation/attendance of European calls, linking for example together Thermal route and the Via Francigena, both part of the prestigious programme of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.


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