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27th September

18:00 – 19:00

Reception at Ourense Town Hall
(by invitation only) 

19:00 – 20:00

Celebrating UNWTO World Tourism Day
Location: San Francisco Claustro

Dress Code: Business / Formal

20:00 – 22:00

Welcome Dinner
Location: San Francisco Claustro 
Dress Code: Business / Formal

28th September – Locations: Teatro Principal & Provincial Palace

09:00 – 09:30 

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,
President EHTTA Scientific Committee

Presentations / Speakers:
Great Spa Towns of Europe – Paul Simons, Secretary General
Saratoga Spa State Park (USA) – Alane Ball Chinian, Regional Director

Sidi Harazem (Marokko) - Aziza Chaouni, Founding Principal Aziza Chaouni Projects
Thermal waters in the Silk Route (China) – Feng Jian, Director of ICOMOS International Conservation Center-Xi'an


Coffee break (Teatro Principal - Main Theatre)

12:30 – 13:00


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

Students’ Project on Thermal Towns in Spain and Germany - University of A Coruna

13:00 – 14:00

Opening speeches
Location: Teatro Principal - Main Theatre

Patron: Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain

Welcome from the organisers 
Alfonso Rueda – President, Xunta de Galicia

Manuel Baltar – President, European Historic Thermal Towns Association and President of
the Province of Ourense
Gonzalo Pérez Jácome - Mayor, Ourense
Ion Vilcu - UNWTO Affiliate Members Department

Speeches from partner organisations
Council of Europe – Stefano Dominioni, Executive Secretary, Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes

Great Spa Towns of Europe Association – Stefan Szirucsek, Chair of the Board and Mayor of Baden bei Wien

ESPA European Spa Association – Thierry Dubois, President

Walk to Provincial Palace

14:00 – 15:30 

Lunch (Provincial Palace)

15:30 – 17:30


Location: Provincial Palace

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

Presentations / Speakers:
Ourense: Thermal Capital of Galicia – Ourense Councilor for Thermalism

Thermal Destinations in South America

Beppu: Japan’s largest spa resort – To be confirmed

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

17:30 – 17:45


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

Free Time


Transfer to Outariz (10 minutes)
Meeting Points (tbc)


Thermal Evening Event at Termas de Outariz

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

Relaxed Dinner Event with Thermal & Nature Experience with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the thermal lifestyle! 

Transfers back to town

29th September – Location: Expourense


Transfers to Expourense
Meeting Points: (tbc)

09:30 – 11.30


Location: Expourense
Moderated by Simone Zagrodnik
EHTTA Executive Director

Presentations / Speakers:
Health and Wellness Tourism - László Puczkó (Hungary), Health Tourism Worldwide Life Founder

Thermal Experiences in the Ourense Province - Emma González (Spain), Managing Director of the Ourense Institute of Economic Development 

Caldaria Group – Javier Soto (Spain), Manager

Staying at an international health spa hotel
Yaser Moshref, CEO Ensana Hotels

InnovaSPA project / Long-COVID study
Marion Vansingle (France), Project coordinator

11:30 - 12:00

Crossing European Cultural Routes

Tourism of Galicia - 
Nava Castro Domínguez, Director



13:00 – 15:00 

Thermal lunch

15:00 – 16:00


Previous registration required
W1: European Travel Commission
Miguel Gallego, Head of Marketing

W2: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
Stefano Dominioni, Director European Institute of Cultural Routes 

W3: European funding opportunities for tourism - Ana Muñoz Llabres, Secretariat of State of Tourism

16:00 – 17:00

Thermal Tourism Applications 

Location: Expourense, ground floor

Heritage / Tourism / Experiences


Catalunya - Thermal tourism in Catalunya 

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

"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.