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The Great Victorian Bathing Trail, A Game-changing Vision for Nature-based, Wellbeing Tourism

Australia has a rich and ancient bathing culture with its major cities and towns defined by their waterways. Attuned to the rapid rise of wellness tourism, currently valued at $US639 billion globally, Victoria is at the heart of a new cultural bathing movement. Supported through the Victorian Tourism Industry Council’s ‘Lynette Bergin Fellowship’, emerging business Continue Reading

Meet Charles Davidson, Founder, Chairman and Creative Director of Peninsula Hot Springs and Chairman for the Global Wellness Institute’s Hot Springs Initiative

Charles’ passion for hot springs started in 1992 the moment he entered the waters at Kusatsu Onsen in Japan. Since that time Charles has traveled to 51 countries on hot springs research missions in a search to discover how cultures of the world share the gift of thermal waters for health, well-being and community enlightenment. Continue Reading

Meet David K. Aaker, Hot Springs Connection Keynote Speaker

Many business owners can attest, when it comes to customer service, it’s a must for any successful public-facing endeavor. A welcoming and supportive environment can transform an experience, whether it’s at a hot springs, restaurant, or appliance store. David Aaker, who has been named “Among America’s Best Speakers” by American Airlines’ Sky Radio and has Continue Reading

Meet Matthew Williamson, COO of Design for Leisure

As the Chief Operating Officer of Design for Leisure, Matthew Williamson has a wide range of experience in the hydrothermal wellness industry. Williamson oversees the company’s operations and activities in North America, which includes design contracts and project installations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. One aspect of Williamson’s position is to Continue Reading

Meet Janet Abbott, BANA Board President

The power of water is far-reaching; in the geothermal arena especially, mineral waters are known for their wellness, health, hygienic and therapeutic benefits. Janet Abbott is the board president of the Balneology Association of North America (BANA)—an organization that supports the research, information and education of medicinal springs. Balneology boils down to the study of Continue Reading

Meet Steve Beckley, Co-Owner of Iron Mountain Hot Springs

In nearly any given conversation with Steve Beckley, you’ll find out several things about him: he has a passion for caving, he’s a problem-solving engineer and he is an innovator. Beckley lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and owns Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. After Beckley earned his degree in petroleum engineering Continue Reading

Meet Trent Blizzard, Partner at BlizzardPress

Internet marketing is Trent Blizzard’s forte. With over 20 years of professional experience, Blizzard is the owner of BlizzardPress, located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In 1997, Blizzard founded a web-marketing agency that became wildly successful with large clients all over the nation. In 2013, he sold his previous agency and started BlizzardPress, aiming to work Continue Reading

Meet Jeff Birkby, Geothermal Energy Consultant and Hot Springs Author

No one knows Montana hot springs quite like Jeff Birkby. With an educational background in biology, plant ecology and energy, environment and sustainable development, Birkby has been able to cultivate a career within the geothermal sector. His professional passion for thermal waters began over 25 years ago, when he began as a geothermal energy specialist Continue Reading