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The Great Event of European Thermalism : A place for unique exchanges and meetings

Because French Thermal towns own a common identity, they are gathered within national institutions which work together for protecting their interests and preparing their future.

With 500 000 curists each year and 100 000 direct, indirect or spinoff jobs, the thermal sector is indeed far short for beeing negligible in French economy. So, the CNETh (National Board of Thermal Operators), the FTCF (French Thermal and Climatic Federation) and the ANMCT (Association of Mayors from French Thermal Towns) work together for protecting and supporting of their activity. Recently, these institutions are joined to create the AFRETH (French Association for Thermal Research). The goal of this institution is to conduct scientific protocols for proving the medical service brought by the thermal activity and for which, they have invested 4,5 millions of euros on 3 years.

The Thermal towns are also united by the presence, on their territory, of their own heritage, such as thermal baths, bandstands, casinos or parks.

Through this first European Thermal Symposium, expanded to the European Community, representative institutions of French thermal activity have wished to allow all partners to exchange their point of view on a subject which needs today a strong cohesion.

But, thermalism isn't the only privilege of French thermal towns ; that's why, we have wanted this Symposium is an European appointment.

We wish these 3 days which will gather a lot of thermal institutions and where thermal heritage and scientific research problematics will be approached, will allow you to build up many contacts with your French and European counterparts and help you in the realization of your own plans.

I hope to meet you in Aix-les-Bains, on November 15, 16 and 17, 2006

Rolland Castells
Chairman of Association of Mayors from French Thermal Towns
Mayor of Bagnères-de-Bigorre

+Fédération Thermale et Climatique Française   +Association des Maires des Communes Thermales   +Syndicat National des Médecins Thermaux

+Conseil National des Exploitants Thermaux   +Société Française d'Hydrologie et de Climatologie Médicale   +A.F.R.E.T.H.