The Only Hot Springs Conference in the U.S.

Details for the 2023 Hot Springs Connection Conference are underway. In the meantime feel free to review details from the 2022 conference below.

2022 Discussion Topics

  • History of Hot Springs National Park
  • Protecting Our Hot Springs Resources
  • Locating and Drilling New Wells
  • Engineering Optimization Strategies for Geothermal Energy
  • Balneology Practices
  • New Construction, Expansions, Renovations and Restoration Projects
  • Medical History of Geothermal and Hydrothermal Treatments
  • Conscious Water and Dreaming Souls
  • Health Benefits of Bathing in Thermal Mineral Water
  • Optimizing Surgical Outcomes in Orthopedics: Combining Pre-surgical Rehab with Post-Surgery Thermal
  • Mineral Springs and Hospitality / Spa Operations and Management
  • Healing Waters Photo Journey
  • New Insurance Policy Options
  • Attracting and Retaining Employees
  • Using Thermal Spring Water in Beer Making
  • Water Treatment: Chlorine vs. Salt vs. Ozone vs. Oxygen
  • Model Aquatic Health Code
  • Developing a Private-Label Retail Line of Mineral Products
  • Hot Springs Association Website Resources
  • Market Research and Industry Trends
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • International Hot Springs Collaborations


Historic highlights in Hot Springs, Arkansas will include:

  • Hot Springs National Park est. 1832
  • Fordyce Bathhouse Museum
  • Ozark Bathhouse Cultural Center
  • Lamar Bathhouse – Bathhouse Row Emporium
  • Grand Promenade
  • Superior Bathhouse Brewery (they use geothermal water in the beer!)
  • The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa tour
  • Mountain Valley Spring Water tasting and museum visit
  • Quapaw Baths and Spa
  • Buckstaff Bathhouse


The Hot Springs Connection will follow CDC recommendations for large groups. The CDC has developed a new evaluation tool called COVID-19 Community Levels to determine risk and recommendations based on the number of hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and new COVID-19 cases in the area.

Adjustments will be made accordingly upon evaluation of the COVID-19 Community Levels on May 1.

Read about the current protocols for The Hotel Hot Springs here.

Travel Safety Tips

There are still free at-home COVID-19 tests available from the USPS. If you have already ordered your free tests you can order another round. Stock up and include them in a health kit along with prescription medication, acetaminophen, vitamins, antihistamines, band-aids and a thermometer when traveling to the conference in May.
Create a digital vaccine card to make airport travel easy and touchless with Clear.
Additional travel safety tips from the CDC:
  • Check travel restrictions.
  • Get your flu shot.
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer (more below).
  • Do not travel if you or your travel companions are sick
  • Wear a mask.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your group
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cancelation policy: 
Registration fees are non-refundable after April 1, 2022 unless the cancelation is directly related to COVID-19.
In the event that the conference needs to be postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, it will be rescheduled for a later date. Registration payments can be reapplied or refunded.
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Hot Springs Connection

“The amount of collaboration was inspiring, and I believe it got us all reenergized to continue to push for excellence in our field. 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. The only thing I would change next year is increasing the amount of time we have together. I am looking forward to a continued network of symbiotic relationships.”

~Scott Whitaker, Director of Operations, Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, CA

“The first hot springs conference truly exceeded my expectations.”

~Allen Clawson, P.E. Principal & Managing Partner, Cloward H2O, Provo, UT

“International understanding through hot springs.”

~Charles Davidson, Chairman – Global Wellness Institute Hot Springs Initiative

“With great pleasure I received your email expressing the possibility to collaborate with our Federation FEMTEC for the development of Balneology, Spa therapy and industry. For us this connection with your activity in the USA is important and also strategic. We can exchange our experiences and learn from each other. For that we are ready to support your professional and serious initiatives.”

~Prof. Umberto Solimene, President – Worldwide Federation of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy (FEMTEC); Milan, Italy

“The BANA board members fully support the Hot Springs Connection conference.”

~Janet Abbott, BANA President

Quinn's Hot Springs Resort

“Our new pool system was born in concept when I attended the Hot Springs Convention in November 2019 in Palm Springs. It was there that I met both Vicky and Steve Beckley, CEO of Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood CO, and established the connection that led to me visiting last winter and observing their state-of-the-art system, upon which ours is modeled. Without that mentorship and technical information, we would not have the incredible system we have today.”

~Ben Slusser, Vice President/Director of Operations at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort