GET SPA BUSINESS
magazine
Yes! Send me the FREE digital editions of Spa Business and Spa Business insider magazines and the FREE weekly Spa Business and Spa Business insider ezines and breaking news alerts!
Not right now, thanksclose this window
PRODUCT NEWS
First-ever US hot springs conference a success
21 Nov 2018 . BY Jane Kitchen
The inaugural event welcomed 95 attendees from 14 states and three different continents /
The inaugural event welcomed 95 attendees from 14 states and three different continents
The inaugural Hot Springs Connection – a three-day conference held in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, US in early November – unleashed a torrent of interest and enthusiasm, resulting in next steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a website representing every hot springs entity in the US.

The inaugural event welcomed 95 attendees from 14 states and three different continents – North America, Europe and Australia. In total, 36 hot springs facilities were represented, with 12 vendors, suppliers and consultants also attending.

“It’s astounding to me that no one had organised a conference specifically for commercial geothermal attractions,” said Vicky Nash, CEO and owner of Resort Trends, a firm specialising in in hot springs marketing and tourism industry communications and organiser of the event. “All the feedback I received told me there was an interest in pooling knowledge and working together as a business community. Geothermal springs offer a unique and highly sought-after visitor experience; they also have a sector-specific set of challenges that need to be addressed. Getting the nation’s geothermal stakeholders in the same room and talking with one another proved to be an invaluable experience for everyone involved.”

Attendees started the conference with a rare, up-close look at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in an unusual state: drained and empty. Devoid of its over-one-million gallons of water, conference guests learned about the pool’s intensive cleaning and maintenance processes.

Afterward, at a mixer prior to dinner at the historic Hotel Colorado, guests were invited to participate in a water tasting. Water sommelier Janet Abbot of the Balneology Association of North America (BANA), guided tasters through a flight of waters sourced from the drinking springs in Manitou Springs, and one from a local spring. Throughout the afternoon, guests could also take tours of the Spa of the Rockies, a spa that incorporates geothermal water into many of its treatments and spa rituals.

Topics at the conference included hydrothermal spa and wellness standards, the challenges of building a new hot springs and remodelling older facilities, education about balneology and geothermal bathing practices, elevating guest experiences through new technologies, vital components of a vibrant destination resort, geothermal legal challenges, hot springs architectural and landscape design, water quality and sanitation practices, water rights and permitting issues, the Global Wellness Institute’s Hot Springs Initiative and the success of the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop.

On the final day, attendees received access to behind-the-scenes site tours of Glenwood Springs’ three hot springs attractions. Hoping that others can learn from their experiences, co-owners of Iron Mountain Hot Springs Steve Beckley and Mogli Cooper shared what worked and what didn’t as they built Colorado’s newest hot spring destination from the ground up in 2015.

At Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, facilities managers Brian Ammerman and Steve Matzl provided detailed information on a variety of topics, from ozonation to point-of-sale software.

At the Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves, co-owner David Anselmo explained the property’s history and its connection with Native American culture, while co-owner Patsy Steele and her staff provided tours of the underground geothermal steam baths and the spa facilities.

During a forum discussion, attendees overwhelmingly decided that they wanted to move forward with the formation of a trade association to share information and resources, as well as create an entity to represent this geothermal industry sector in the US and abroad.

Nash will work closely with an association management company to begin the process of establishing a board of directors and bylaws. Additionally, her firm will begin creating a website and map to list every commercial hot spring in North America.

Nash also plans to continue coordinating the conference in the future and, based on the success of the inaugural Hot Springs Connection, expects the number of attendees to grow.

The 2019 Hot Springs Connection will likely take place again in November, though dates and locations have yet to be determined.

“The amount of collaboration was inspiring, and I believe it got us all reenergised to continue to push for excellence in our field,” said Scott Whitaker, director of operations at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in California, who attended the conference. “Meeting people who have the same challenges and growing pains as we do makes us remember that it is worth it and provides a network of support that is invaluable. I am looking forward to a continued network of symbiotic relationships.”
Company profile

Sauna360

We are Sauna360, the world’s leading sauna, infrared and steam manufacturer, encompass- ing a number [more...]
Company profile

Seed To Skin

Founded by Jeanette Thottrup in 2018, in Tuscany, Seed to Skin is an award winning skincare line. [more...]
PRODUCT NEWS
Yon-Ka mourns the passing of co-owner Francoise Mühlethaler
Francoise Mühlethaler, co-owner of family-owned French skincare and spa brand Yon-Ka Paris, has died aged 79 years.
Jill Carlen assumes new role as vice president of business development for Living Earth Crafts
Spa and wellness equipment manufacturer Living Earth Crafts (LEC) has named Jill Carlen as vice president of business development.
CryoCON international cryotherapy convention returns for 2023
The third annual CryoCON Convention will take place in Dallas, Texas, from 5-6 March.
Tata Harper Skincare introduces Bio-Shield Face Oil to SuperKind range for sensitive skin
Organic skincare and spa brand Tata Harper has expanded its SuperKind range for sensitive and sensitised skin with a new facial oil.
Elemental Herbology announces plans to launch Soothe Reed Diffuser and signs new UK spa accounts
Elemental Herbology will be expanding its aromatherapy home collection in February with the introduction of The Soothe Reed Diffuser.
Vinésime creates new rosé body scrub to help raise awareness of breast cancer
French vinocosmetic skincare and spa brand Vinésime has developed a new body scrub powered by rosé and the famous grape variety Grenache Noir.
Swissline to make Irish debut at The Shelbourne in Dublin
Luxury Swiss skincare brand Swissline will launch in Ireland on 1 February at The Shelbourne, a historic five-star hotel located in the heart of Dublin.
Don't miss Emlyn Brown, Kent Richards and Sara Codner in conversation with W3Spa on 25 January
While the pandemic season has mostly concluded, its disruptive effects are still being felt around the world by businesses old and new.
Phytomer launches Body Declic Cellulite and Contouring Cream, powered by organic marine algae, pink pepper and green caffeine
French marine skincare and spa brand Phytomer has developed its first organic contouring product, Body Declic Cellulite and Contouring Cream, designed to smooth the skin and reduce cellulite and dimples.
marocMaroc’s pro-ageing Cactéa skincare line and facials launch in UK and Irish spa markets
Luxury skincare distributor Vilasa has introduced marocMaroc’s newest well-ageing skincare range and spa treatments to the UK and Ireland.
Hydrafacial branches out into body care with six all-new Hydrabody treatments
Advanced aesthetic tech company Hydrafacial is now offering treatments beyond the jawline having launched six new body protocols.
Voya unveils fragrant new candle blended with eucalyptus, lime and rosemary
Irish spa and skincare brand Voya Organic Beauty has added a new candle to its Oh So Scented lifestyle range.
+ More products  
LATEST JOBS
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILES
Spa Bureau

We are the team of multidisciplinary professionals in wellness architecture, engineering and design. [more...]
bbspa_Group

The technical advice offered by bbspa is delivered via four specialist departments which offer turn [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  

VIDEO GALLERY

REM UK Ltd - REM Spa: relax, breathe, be inspired
Welcome to REM, quality salon furniture, spa furniture & barber furniture made in Britain since 1918 Find out more...
+ More videos  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

05-06 Mar 2023

World Spa & Wellness Conference

Excel exhibition and conference centre , London, United Kingdom
05-06 Mar 2023

CryoCON 2023

Renaissance at Plano Legacy West Hotel, Dallas, United States
+ More diary  
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
SPA BUSINESS
SPA OPPORTUNITIES
SPA BUSINESS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2023
News   Products   Magazine
PRODUCT NEWS
First-ever US hot springs conference a success
21 Nov 2018 . BY Jane Kitchen
The inaugural event welcomed 95 attendees from 14 states and three different continents
The inaugural Hot Springs Connection – a three-day conference held in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, US in early November – unleashed a torrent of interest and enthusiasm, resulting in next steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a website representing every hot springs entity in the US.

The inaugural event welcomed 95 attendees from 14 states and three different continents – North America, Europe and Australia. In total, 36 hot springs facilities were represented, with 12 vendors, suppliers and consultants also attending.

“It’s astounding to me that no one had organised a conference specifically for commercial geothermal attractions,” said Vicky Nash, CEO and owner of Resort Trends, a firm specialising in in hot springs marketing and tourism industry communications and organiser of the event. “All the feedback I received told me there was an interest in pooling knowledge and working together as a business community. Geothermal springs offer a unique and highly sought-after visitor experience; they also have a sector-specific set of challenges that need to be addressed. Getting the nation’s geothermal stakeholders in the same room and talking with one another proved to be an invaluable experience for everyone involved.”

Attendees started the conference with a rare, up-close look at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in an unusual state: drained and empty. Devoid of its over-one-million gallons of water, conference guests learned about the pool’s intensive cleaning and maintenance processes.

Afterward, at a mixer prior to dinner at the historic Hotel Colorado, guests were invited to participate in a water tasting. Water sommelier Janet Abbot of the Balneology Association of North America (BANA), guided tasters through a flight of waters sourced from the drinking springs in Manitou Springs, and one from a local spring. Throughout the afternoon, guests could also take tours of the Spa of the Rockies, a spa that incorporates geothermal water into many of its treatments and spa rituals.

Topics at the conference included hydrothermal spa and wellness standards, the challenges of building a new hot springs and remodelling older facilities, education about balneology and geothermal bathing practices, elevating guest experiences through new technologies, vital components of a vibrant destination resort, geothermal legal challenges, hot springs architectural and landscape design, water quality and sanitation practices, water rights and permitting issues, the Global Wellness Institute’s Hot Springs Initiative and the success of the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop.

On the final day, attendees received access to behind-the-scenes site tours of Glenwood Springs’ three hot springs attractions. Hoping that others can learn from their experiences, co-owners of Iron Mountain Hot Springs Steve Beckley and Mogli Cooper shared what worked and what didn’t as they built Colorado’s newest hot spring destination from the ground up in 2015.

At Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, facilities managers Brian Ammerman and Steve Matzl provided detailed information on a variety of topics, from ozonation to point-of-sale software.

At the Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves, co-owner David Anselmo explained the property’s history and its connection with Native American culture, while co-owner Patsy Steele and her staff provided tours of the underground geothermal steam baths and the spa facilities.

During a forum discussion, attendees overwhelmingly decided that they wanted to move forward with the formation of a trade association to share information and resources, as well as create an entity to represent this geothermal industry sector in the US and abroad.

Nash will work closely with an association management company to begin the process of establishing a board of directors and bylaws. Additionally, her firm will begin creating a website and map to list every commercial hot spring in North America.

Nash also plans to continue coordinating the conference in the future and, based on the success of the inaugural Hot Springs Connection, expects the number of attendees to grow.

The 2019 Hot Springs Connection will likely take place again in November, though dates and locations have yet to be determined.

“The amount of collaboration was inspiring, and I believe it got us all reenergised to continue to push for excellence in our field,” said Scott Whitaker, director of operations at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in California, who attended the conference. “Meeting people who have the same challenges and growing pains as we do makes us remember that it is worth it and provides a network of support that is invaluable. I am looking forward to a continued network of symbiotic relationships.”
If you would like to get each issue of Spa Business and Spa Business insider magazines sent direct to you for FREE, plus the weekly Spa Business and Spa Business insider ezines, sign up now!
PRODUCT NEWS
Yon-Ka mourns the passing of co-owner Francoise Mühlethaler
Francoise Mühlethaler, co-owner of family-owned French skincare and spa brand Yon-Ka Paris, has died aged 79 years.
Jill Carlen assumes new role as vice president of business development for Living Earth Crafts
Spa and wellness equipment manufacturer Living Earth Crafts (LEC) has named Jill Carlen as vice president of business development.
CryoCON international cryotherapy convention returns for 2023
The third annual CryoCON Convention will take place in Dallas, Texas, from 5-6 March.
Tata Harper Skincare introduces Bio-Shield Face Oil to SuperKind range for sensitive skin
Organic skincare and spa brand Tata Harper has expanded its SuperKind range for sensitive and sensitised skin with a new facial oil.
Elemental Herbology announces plans to launch Soothe Reed Diffuser and signs new UK spa accounts
Elemental Herbology will be expanding its aromatherapy home collection in February with the introduction of The Soothe Reed Diffuser.
Vinésime creates new rosé body scrub to help raise awareness of breast cancer
French vinocosmetic skincare and spa brand Vinésime has developed a new body scrub powered by rosé and the famous grape variety Grenache Noir.
Swissline to make Irish debut at The Shelbourne in Dublin
Luxury Swiss skincare brand Swissline will launch in Ireland on 1 February at The Shelbourne, a historic five-star hotel located in the heart of Dublin.
Phytomer launches Body Declic Cellulite and Contouring Cream, powered by organic marine algae, pink pepper and green caffeine
French marine skincare and spa brand Phytomer has developed its first organic contouring product, Body Declic Cellulite and Contouring Cream, designed to smooth the skin and reduce cellulite and dimples.
marocMaroc’s pro-ageing Cactéa skincare line and facials launch in UK and Irish spa markets
Luxury skincare distributor Vilasa has introduced marocMaroc’s newest well-ageing skincare range and spa treatments to the UK and Ireland.
Hydrafacial branches out into body care with six all-new Hydrabody treatments
Advanced aesthetic tech company Hydrafacial is now offering treatments beyond the jawline having launched six new body protocols.
Voya unveils fragrant new candle blended with eucalyptus, lime and rosemary
Irish spa and skincare brand Voya Organic Beauty has added a new candle to its Oh So Scented lifestyle range.
Circadia expands reach with European distribution centre
Professional US skincare brand Circadia has branched into the European market with a partnership and distribution centre in Wiesbaden, Germany.
+ More products   
 
COMPANY PROFILES
Spa Bureau

We are the team of multidisciplinary professionals in wellness architecture, engineering and design. [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  

VIDEO GALLERY

REM UK Ltd - REM Spa: relax, breathe, be inspired
Welcome to REM, quality salon furniture, spa furniture & barber furniture made in Britain since 1918 Find out more...
+ More videos  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

05-06 Mar 2023

World Spa & Wellness Conference

Excel exhibition and conference centre , London, United Kingdom
05-06 Mar 2023

CryoCON 2023

Renaissance at Plano Legacy West Hotel, Dallas, United States
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2023

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS