Les Journées d’Automne du Thermalisme – 25 / 26 November 2010 – VICHY (France)


On 25 and 26 November 2010, the actors of French and European thermalism will meet at the Palais des Congrès – Opéra of Vichy (Allier – France) on the occasion of “les Journées d’Automne du Thermalisme”.

This event intends to bring a response to the question concerning the adaptation of current thermalism facing the development of the 21st century European society and new consumption principles which are going to overcome in the next years.

During this venue, on 25th November, there will be the  presentation  of the E.H.T.T.A. Associations and the official cerimony of the Label awarding of the Council of Europe to the European Route of Historical and Thermal Towns.


The European Thermal Meeting is postponed to 2011.

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European Tourism Day – Brussels, 27th September 2010


European Tourism Day
Brussels, 27th September 2010
Charlemagne Building – Room GASP

Draft Program

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:20 Official Opening

  • Address speech by Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou

09:20 10:40 Session I
European Cultural Itineraries: a Trans-European Cultural Tourism Model?
Chair: Ms. Françoise Hetto-Gaasch, Minister for Tourism, Luxembourg

  • Mr. SandroBondi, Minister for Culture – “The Italian experience of the ‘Consulta Nazionale degli itinerari storici, culturali e religiosi'” tbc
  • Mr. Brian Simpson, Member of the European Parliament – “Cultural Tourism: the EP perspective”
  • Ms.Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Director Council of Europe – “How to further develop the European Cultural Routes: The Council of Europe’s perspective”
  • Mr. Michel Thomas Penette, Director Cultural Routes Institute – “Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: towards a model of quality tourism in Europe”
  • Mr. Philippe Calamel, Project Director – “The Odyssea Project”

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:20 European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) Award Ceremony

12:20 – 14:00 Lunch break (at the Eden stands – Berlaymont)
Possible visit to the “Via Francigena and Cultural Routes” exhibition

14:00 – 15:30 Session II
Case studies: European citizenship and Intercultural Dialogue
Chair: Mr. Miguel Sebastián, Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade, Spain tbc

  • Ms. Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr. Stefano Zappalà, Regional Minister Regione Lazio
  • Mr. Massimo Tedeschi, President of the European Association of “Via Francigena” – “Via Francigena meets Abram Itinerary”
  • Mr. Antoine Selosse, Director Saint Martin Route – “Saint Martin of Tours” and the
  • European citizenship
  • Ms. Inmaculada Lopez, Director of the Foundation “El legado Andalusi” – “Route al
  • Andalus” and with the Arab culture tbc
  • Roberto Varela, Regional Minister of Galicia for Tourism and Culture – “The Saint
  • James’ Route” tbc

Open Debate

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:40 Session III
Case studies: Tourism, Sustainability and Networking
Chair: Mr. José Vieira da Silva, Minister for Economy, Innovation and Development,
Portugal tbc

  • Mr. Antonio Cancian, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr. Michael Cramer, MEP – “The Iron Curtain Trail”
  • Ms. Marinella Katsilieri, Scientific Director – “The Route of the Olive Tree” tbc
  • Mr. Antonio Barone, Director Phoenician Route – “The Phoenician Route”
  • Mr. Christian Corne, President of “The European Historical Thermal Town Association” (EHTTA) and Deputy Major of Vichy – “The European Thermal Route”
  • Berit Lånke, Manager Nidaros Pilgrim – “The Saint Olav Route” tbc

Open Debate

17:40 – 18: 00 Conclusions
Conclusions by Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Ms.
Isabelle Weykmans, Belgian Presidency, Minister for Culture and Tourism