Hot springs resort owners and operators will meet at Hot Springs National Park the week of May 9

A collaboration of the thriving North American thermal spa industry.


March 22, 2022, Hot Springs, AR — U.S. and Canadian owners and operators of thermal mineral pools, spas and resorts from coast-to-coast will meet at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas on May 9-12, 2022 for the fourth Hot Springs Connection conference. The first of its kind, this event strives to unify and elevate the hot springs leisure industry globally. A primary focus for this gathering will be upon the growing trends in facility upgrades and overall property revitalization.


“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.”


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 including:

  • Protecting Our Hot Springs Resources
  • Locating and Drilling New Wells
  • Engineering Optimization Strategies for Geothermal Energy
  • Balneology Methodology and Culture
  • New Construction, Expansions, Renovations and Restoration Projects
  • Current Spa Trends and Adaptations
  • Medical History of Geothermal and Hydrothermal Treatments
  • Honoring Hot Springs History
  • Health Benefits of Bathing in Thermal Mineral Water
  • Optimizing Surgical Outcomes in Orthopedics: Combining Pre-surgical Rehab with Post-Surgery Thermal Therapy
  • Healing Waters Photo Journey
  • New Insurance Policy Options
  • Attracting and Retaining Employees
  • Water Treatment: Chlorine vs. Salt vs. Ozone vs. Oxygen
  • Model Aquatic Health Code
  • Hot Springs Association Website Resources
  • Market Research and Industry Trends
  • Marketing and Public Relations Campaigns
  • International Hot Springs Collaborations


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. For additional information, go to





With expertise in geothermal tourism marketing, Vicky Nash launched the inaugural Hot Springs Connection conference in Glenwood Springs, Colorado in 2018 followed by the second event in Palm Springs/Desert Hot Springs, California in 2019. In 2021, the event was held at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort in Paradise, Montana.



Media Contact:
Vicky Nash, Executive Director
Hot Springs Association

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