Created in 2009, AQUI O Thermes, cluster thermal Aquitain, is a nonprofit association who connects professionals of hydrotherapy, health, tourism, education and research. Founded in 2009, it is mainly composed of SMB’s from The Landes (South West of France) which bring together competitive or complementary know-how in the field of medical spa.
Moreover, AQUI O Thermes is involved in Dax, the 1st spa town in France and in Aquitaine : universities (Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2), research institution (Institute of thermalism), and local authorities (Communauté d’Agglomération du Grand Dax).
This cluster is unique in France and in Europe. Its position is clear: to foster spa medicine in France, the water cure therapy, and to enhance both qualities of medical spa treatment and thermal bath in the Dax area.
Its orientation is consolidated by the “Plan National pour les Douloureux Chroniques” of the French Ministry for Health and by the recent scientific publications.
AQUI O Thermes works to modernize the water cure therapy (using mineral water) in Dax. The area of Grand Dax is the first medical spa destination in France. The medical spa community, deals with a majority of patients suffering from chronic pathologies such as arthritis (Degenerative osteoarthritis), or vascular pathologies. The aim of AQUI O Thermes is to share good practices and find new business opportunities. The members want to
create synergies to boost the competitiveness of their companies in Aquitaine’s thermal spa industry.
AQUI O Thermes tries to answer to the objective of “Lisbon/Gothenburg” promoting sustainable growth with a wealth of innovation and employment.