Find out the details of the Congress programme, the speakers and their presentations!  




27th September

20:00 – 22:00

Celebrating UNWTO World Tourism Day
Location: San Francisco Claustro

Welcome Reception - Cocktail Dinner 
Dress Code: Business / Formal

28th September – Locations: Teatro Principal & Provincial Palace

8:45 - 09:15 

Arrival of delegates and registration 

09:15 – 09:45 

Opening conference
Location: Teatro Principal - Main Theatre

Special Guest: Andriy Kulchynsky,
Mayor of the thermal town Truskawez

10:00 – 12:00


Location: Teatro Princpal - Main Theatre

Moderated by Mario Crecente,
EHTTA Scientific Committee President

Presentations / Speakers:

The European Spa Phenomena – UNESCO and the Great Spa Towns – Paul Simons, Secretary General of the Great Spa Towns of Europe

The Revitalization of Saratoga Spa State Park (USA) – Alane Ball Chinian, Director, Saratoga Capital District Region, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (USA)

Reviving the Sidi Harazem thermal bath complex, Fez (Marocco) - Dana Salama, Architect at Aziza Chaouni Projects 

Analysis of the role of cultural heritage for thermal tourism: a case study of Huaqing palace in Xi’an (China) – Feng Jian, Vice President  ICOMOS International Conservation Center Xi’an


Coffee break (Teatro Principal - Main Theatre)

12:30 – 13:00


Location: Teatro Principal – Main Theatre

Băile Herculane: Neptune Baths, one of the most endangered European heritage sites – Oana Chirila (Romania), Project Manager 

Students’ Project on Thermal Towns in Spain and Germany - Paula Martínez, University of A Coruna and Maria Dik (Fachhochschule Pforzheim) 

13:00 – 14:00

Opening speeches
Location: Teatro Principal - Main Theatre

Manuel Baltar – President, European Historic Thermal Towns Association and President of the Province of Ourense

Miguel Mirones - President, ICTE and Spanish Spa Association

Thierry Dubois - President ESPA European Spa Association 

Stefano Dominioni - Executive Secretary, Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes Council of Europe

Stefan Szirucsek - Chair of the Board, Great Spa Towns of Europe Association 

Prof. Francisco Maraver - International Society of Medical Hydrology (ISMH)

Gonzalo Pérez Jácome - Mayor, Ourense

Mar de Miguel - President of the Board of the Affiliate Members of UNWTO

Alfonso Rueda – President, Xunta de Galicia

14:00 - 15:15

Walk to Provincial Palace

Lunch (Provincial Palace)

15:15 - 15:30

"Balneario Auria" Projcet -
Manuel Baltar, President of Ourense Province

15:30 – 17:30


Location: Provincial Palace

Moderated by Emma González, Managing Director of INORDE (Ourense Institute of Economic Development)

Presentations / Speakers:
"Thermal Experiences in the Ourense Province" - Emma González (Spain), Managing Director of the Ourense Institute of Economic Development

Ourense: Thermal Capital of Galicia – Armando Ojea Bouzo, Vice Mayor of Ourense 

Thermal Destinations in Argentina - Óscar Suárez, Market Director, Inprotur (Instituto Nacional de Promoción Turística de Argentina)

Budapest: 150 years of unified existence – Ildikó Szuts (Hungary), CEO Budapest Spas cPlc


Bus Transfer to Outariz (10 minutes)
Meeting Point
Alameda Bus Stop next to "Obispado" (3 min. walk from Provincial Palace)

18:15 - 19:30

"Bathrobe Addicts" (Les Accros du Peignoir) at Termas de Outariz

Welcome and Introduction to Termas de Outariz by Pablo Villuendas, Director 

Thermal Experience - immerse yourself in the thermal way of life! 
(Optional: Bring your swim suit)


Transfer back to town
back to hotels - get dressed for dinner


Transfer to Vilamarín Palace 

Pick-Up Points: 

EXE Auriense: Outside the hotel 

Barceló Hotel: Plaza Sán Lázaro 
For the OCA Imi: Bus Stop "Alameda" next to "Obispado" (5 min. walk from the hotel) 


Dinner at Vilamarín Palace

from 22:30 

Transfers back to town 

29th September – Location: Expourense (TERMATALIA Fair)


Transfers to Expourense
Meeting Points: 

EXE Auriense: Outside the hotel 

For the Barceló Hotel: Plaza Sán Lázaro 
For the OCA Imi: Intercambiador Alameda (5 min. walk from the hotel) in Rúa Bajos Alameda

09:30 – 11.30


Location: Expourense
Moderated by Simone Zagrodnik, EHTTA Executive Director

Presentations / Speakers:
"Converting Experiences to Transformations: do you also hum tunes in a thermal pool?" - László Puczkó (Hungary), Health Tourism Worldwide Life Founder

"InnovaSPA project: opportunities for better spa public policies, exchanges of good practices on innovative thermal offers and results of the cooperation" - Marion Vansingle (France), Project Coordinator at Thermauvergne 

"Thermal Tourism in the Caldaria Group" – Javier Soto (Spain), General Director Caldaria Group

"Staying at an international health spa hotel" - Boris Bánovsky, Medical Director, Ensana Hotels

11:30 - 12:00

Crossing European Cultural Routes

Tourism of Galicia - Nava Castro Domínguez, Director Galicia Tourism 


Opening of the 20th International Fair of Thermal Tourism, Health and Wellness - TERMATALIA 

13:00 – 15:00 

Thermal lunch at Expourense 

15:00 – 16:00


Please note: Previous registration required

"Promoting Destination Europe - Co-branding Promotional Campaigns Programme 2022-2023"
Presenter: Miguel Gallego, Head of Marketing and Communication, European Travel Commission

"The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: Promoting European values, heritage and sustainable tourism" 
Presenter: Stefano Dominioni, Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes and Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes 

"European Next Generation Funds: Opportunities for tourism"
Presenter: Ana Muñoz Llabres, Secretariat of State of Tourism

16:00 – 17:00

Thermal Tourism Applications 

Location: Expourense, ground floor


“The European Spa” HERA project –
Christian Noack, University of Amsterdam

Presenting the Catalan Thermal Towns Association - Marta Luque, Coordinator (Caldes de Montbui)

Croatia: creating synergies in European health tourism - Ivana Kolar, Director of European Health Tourism Summit 

PROVERE Termas Centro, a successful Public-Private Partnership in Destination Management - Adriano Barreto Ramos, Thermal Association of Portugal (ATP) Coordinator

"Transforming data into knowledge at DGEG
to enhance thermal tourism" - Rita Pascoal and Carla Lourenço, Directorate-General of Energy and Geology, Portugal



Transfers back to town or spend time on fairground.

Termatalia closes at 19:00

Your advantage! Opening of 
TERMATALIA fair on 29 September at the same venue.

Details about TERMATALIA can be found below.


Thermal Pilgrimage on the Way of St. James 

Delegates will have the opportunity to discover and experience the thermal province of Ourense and Galicia in this Holy Jacobean Year,  Xacobeo, 2021-2022.
There is a 5-nights package offered before the Congress and a 2-nights package after the event to walk on the “Camino de Santiago” (St. James Way) and enjoy the thermal waters during the hike.