• First U.S. Hot Springs Conference Held in Colorado

     
    POSTED June 1, 2019
     
  • First U.S. Hot Springs Conference Held in Colorado

     
    POSTED June 1, 2019
     

The inaugural hot springs connection, a conference designed to build relationships, share ideas and promote thermal mineral water attractions in the U.S., was held in Glenwood Springs last November. The meeting resulted in steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a website representing hot springs resorts. The 2019 conference will be Nov. 4-8 in Palm Springs and Desert Springs, California.

It made sense to host the first three-day conference in Glenwood Springs, which has three hot springs amenities of its own. 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 along with vendors, suppliers and consultants.

“Getting the nation’s geothermal stakeholders in the same room and talking with one another proved to be an invaluable experience for everyone involved,” says organizer Vicky Nash, CEO and owner of Resort Trends, Inc. hotspringsconnection.com

HIGHLIGHTS:

» On opening day, attendees received a rare, up-close look at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in an unusual state: drained and empty of more than 1 million gallons of water. Conference guests learned about the pool’s intensive cleaning and maintenance processes.

» At a mixer prior to dinner at historic Hotel Colorado, guests were invited to participate in a water tasting before returning to the hotel. Water sommelier Janet Abbott, of the Balneology Association of North America, guided tasters through a flight of waters sourced from the drinking springs in Manitou Springs and one local spring.

» Tours of the Spa of the Rockies, an awardwinning spa that incorporates geothermal water into many of its treatments and spa rituals. 

» Speakers on topics such as hydrothermal spa and wellness standards, the challenges of building a new hot spring and remodeling older facilities, balneology and geothermal bathing practices, elevating guest experiences through new technologies, hot springs architectural and landscape design, water quality and sanitation practices, water rights and permitting issues, and the success of the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop

With the events industry at a near standstill, Jess Doren realized this may have been the moment she’d been waiting for. Having produced large-scale events for big brands like Apple and Buzzfeed, she’d had little time in the past to develop events of her own, but this past summer, she and a team of fellow event pros set out to gather a community craving connection.

 

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs and sweatpants have become a work-friendly outfit, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.