Owners and operators of thermal mineral pools, spas, and resorts from the US and Canada will meet at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas on May 9 to 12, for the fourth annual Hot Springs Connection conference. The first of its kind, this event strives to unify and elevate the hot springs leisure industry globally. Growing trends in facility upgrades and overall property revitalization will be a primary focus for this gathering.
“Having this event at Hot Springs National Park is a natural fit because of its historic use of geothermal water in health and wellness treatments,” said Vicky Nash, Executive Director for the newly formed Hot Springs Association. Federally protected in 1832 with the official designation of Hot Springs Reservation, these famous therapeutic waters were popular for those seeking relief for a variety of ailments throughout the 19th century. “Embracing this history honors these traditions and enhances future design and development.”
The first of its kind, the event strives to unify and elevate the hot springs leisure industry globally.
Conference participants will tour several landmarks including the Fordyce Bathhouse Museum, Ozark Bathhouse Cultural Center, Lamar Bathhouse Row Emporium, Grand Promenade display springs, and The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa. Special tastings will feature Superior Bathhouse Brewery’s beers containing the local thermal spring water, as well as, a variety of award-winning premium waters produced by Mountain Valley Spring Water, a company established over 150 years ago. Attendees may also opt to experience traditional hydrotherapy treatments at the Arlington Thermal Bathhouse & Spa, Buckstaff Bathhouse and Quapaw Baths & Spa.With 25 speakers, a full spectrum of topics will be covered, ranging from Protecting our Hot Springs Resources to Health Benefits of Bathing in Thermal Mineral Water to International Hot Springs Collaborations, and more.
Sessions and presentations will be held at the Hotel Hot Springs. Exhibitors, vendors, suppliers, and consultants will be available throughout the entire event to discuss and demonstrate various products and services. Registration is $789 per person for Hot Springs Association members and $1189 for non-members. Find out more here.