Health and wellness
EHTTA

EHTTA

"Spa City" is considered as any local authority/city, regardless of size or population, which has been recognized since its founding as a thermal city, with activities in the city that are historically associated with healing waters and their effects; which also have influenced on the development of the city, architecture, tourism and cultural and socio-economic initiatives.

On 24th and 25th March 2011 within the International Tourism Fair "CroTour" 2011, the first International Conference about Health Tourism (Health Tourism Industry – HTI) was held, with the theme "Sustainability and competitiveness of tourism - health / medical / wellness tourism", and the goal was to spread knowledge and insights on the topic of sustainable and competitive Croatian tourism. The conference, among other things, emphasized the need to open opportunities for faster economic development in the health industry, medical and wellness tourism which don´t have seasonal character and therefore are extremely important for the expansion of current tourist season in Croatia, especially in passive and poorly developed tourist areas.

One of the main conclusions was that the health, medical and wellness tourism provide additional value to our tourist offer and, in the 2009 these forms of travel deals have accounted for 1.2 percent of the tourist industry of our country, and the percentage in the European Union reaches 20 percent, which implies that we need to invest more in this type of tourism, but also in infrastructure, offer and advertising.

For a long time it is known that thermal destinations were used 200 years ago, so we can say that tourism started as thermal tourism. For this type of tourism it is important to realize how to improve health status of clients and to use the tradition while respecting the principles of sustainable development; but the care must always work towards the introduction of new services, because tourism is developing rapidly, and tourist demand  changes frequently.

Led by increasing initiative towards development of  selective tourism offer, the city of Daruvar together with Daruvar Spa launched the future development and cooperation in this direction by nominating the city of Daruvar for the member of the European Association of the historical thermal towns (EHTTA) . 

International non-profit organization called the European Association of thermal historical towns (EHTTA) was established to create a permanent European organization with the aim of forming a network of cities that can be proud with  a long tradition of thermal waters and rich heritage, in order to preserve their history, to preserve and protect their cultural heritage as thermal towns, and with all that what can be defined as a creative and innovative policy of promotion and improvement. Aim of the association is to strengthen cooperation among thermal spa´s and cities on the Trans-European level.

"Spa City" is considered as any local authority/city, regardless of size or population, which has been recognized since its founding as a thermal city, with activities in the city that are historically associated with healing waters and their effects; which also have influenced on the development of the city, architecture, tourism and cultural and socio-economic initiatives.

The main principles that need to be satisfied so the thermal town can become a member of the Association are:

Thermal city has to exploit / use thermal water (bottled water is not a criteria), or spa and / or wellness center must function / operate in accordance with the historical tradition.Thermal city must have architectural heritage related to the thermal spa´s and springs which dates from at least the 19th century, including one or more buildings (related to the culture of the thermal spa´s) that are classified as historical monuments.Thermal city must have a tradition of entertainment / cultural activities: theater, casino, concerts, etc. Thermal city should offer accommodation in high quality hotels and a significant number of rooms, which are primarily adapted thermal town.

The founders of the Association are its members, members are thermal towns that have the right and duty to participate in setting goals, managing and developing of the  Association.

In the beginning of 2011, representatives of the Croatian Chamber of Economy informed that Daruvar and Daruvar Spa - Special hospital for medical rehabilitation can be nominated as a member of the European Association of thermal historical towns, as promptly reacted to become serious contesters. Having completed the initial form of candidacy, they saw that the city of Daruvar and Daruvar Spa meet all the requirements for nomination and went in that direction and candidacy was formally filed in front of city of Daruvar.

City of Daruvar and Daruvar Spa joined in the membership of EHTTA - European Association of thermal historical towns on 18th November 2011.  The decision of admission of new members was accepted by the Assembly of the International Association during the session held in the French city Evian. As the only representatives from Croatia in the Assembly of EHTTA, which was held in the Palace Lumière; attended mayor of Daruvar Dalibor Rohlik and Daruvar spa´ director Marcel Medak. 

With the membership in the European Association of historical thermal towns,  city of Daruvar and  Daruvar Spa entered into an international network of cities, through which they will promote tourism offer of EHTTA members.

Except tourism promotion in the company of selected European cities which had to meet many criteria for entering in EHTTA, membership in this association brings an advantage   in nominating projects for EU structural fonds.

More information at www.ehtta.eu

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