Global experience – experts meet in Nancy
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Experts from around the globe will be contributing to five panels with their knowledge, experience and best practices.

The International Congress on Thermal Tourism (“The Thermal Congress”) 2023 is taking place as one-day-event in the framework of “Les Rencontres Internationales du Thermalisme et du Bien-Être”. 

On 8th November French organisations and associations hold their national meetings, for French members only.

*Site inspections, thermal experiences, guided tours and special programmes * are offered by Grand Nancy *free of charge* for the international delegates on 8th and 10th November. 


Global Challenges

Transnational Cooperation SPEAKERS

9th November – International Thermal Congress

08:30 - 09:00

Arrival and Registration of delegates

09:00 - 09:30 

Welcome & Opening of the Congress Day

Mathieu Klein – President, Métropole Grand Nancy
Franck Leroy – President, Grand Est Region
Jean-François Beraud – President, Fédération Thermale et Climatique Francaise
Thierry Dubois - President, CNETh and European Spas Association (ESPA)
Eric Brut – Vice President, European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA)
Ion Vilcu – Director, UNWTO Affiliate Members Department
Jean-Yves Gouttebel – State Secretary for Thermalism, Member of Parliament, Assemblée Génerale

09:30 - 10:00

Nancy – New European Destination for Health, Sport and Wellness

10:00 - 11:00 

Roundtable No. 1:

The thermal heritage of the great cross-border region, a laboratory for  the European policies in favour of the spa industry?

Isabelle Grégoire - Tourism Director, Spa (Belgium)

François Werner – Member of the Board, Féderation Thermale du Grand Est (France)

Pierre Plumer - General Director, Mondorf Domain Thermal, Mondorf-les-Bains (Luxemburg) 
Victor Vogt - Vice President Eurodistrict PAMINA
Nerea Pérez - European Project Co-Ordinator, EuroCity Chaves-Verín (Portugal/Spain)

11:05 - 12:15

Roundtable No. 2:

The French international thermal observatory: lessons in economics for the thermal sector?

Claude-Eugène Bouvier – ESPA Policy Officer
Cédric Baecher - Nomadéis (France)

Stefan Szirucsek – President, Austrian Spa Association (Austria) Irena Peršic Živadinov – Director, Kvarner Region Tourist Board (Croatia)

12:15 – 13:45

Lunch Break

13:45 - 15:15 

Roundtable No. 3:

Thermal Tourism – Potential of development on a global level?

Simone Zagrodnik - Executive Director, European Historic Thermal Towns Association
Miguel Gallego – Head of Marketing, European Travel Commission, Brussels (Belgium)
Kentaro Suzuki – General Manager of Business Planning Devision, JTB Tourism Research and Consulting Co., Tokyo (Japan)

Ava Roxanne Stritt – Journalist and Content Creator (USA)

15:05 - 16:15 

Roundtable No. 4:
Is natural mineral water a universal asset for health, well-being and preventative therapies?

Dr. Xavier Marí – Medical Director, Balneario de Montanejos (Spain)
Marie-Catherine Tallot - President of the French society of thermal physiotherapy and advanced practice, member of World Federation of Hydrology and Climatology
Alessandro Pasquale – President, Natural Mineral Waters of Europe, Brussels (Belgium)
Dr. Marcus Coplin – Medical Director, The Springs Resort (Pagosa, Colorado/ USA)

16:15 - 16:45

Coffee Break 

16:45 - 17:45 

Roundtable No. 5:

What are the new environmental challenges of the thermal industry: energy management, sustainable development and quality of life?

Csilla Mezösi - Secretary General, European Spa Association (ESPA)
Karl-Cela Hrólfur - Basalt Architects, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Gisele Kanny - Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical Hydrology and Climatology (France)
Iztok Altbauer - President, Slovenian Spa Association


Closing Remarks


End of Programme