Industry leaders are calling for the declaration of World Bathing Day. At the second annual Global Thermal Think Tank, held recently at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, CA, industry leaders advocated for a petition declaring June 22 World Bathing Day.
“Hot springs are the origin of life and water is a healing solution with global impact,” says Ingo Schweder, CEO of GOCO Hospitality and Glen Ivy Hot Springs. “Access to water, especially mineral water, has a major impact on the health and prospects of the world.”
The annual conference began with two days of programs and special events hosted at Glen Ivy. Attendees also visited Two Bunch Palms (Desert Hot Springs, CA), Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (Caliente, NM) and Sunrise Springs Spa Resort (Santa Fe, NM).
The summit offered attendees an opportunity to experience a number of hot springs in the U.S., as well as specialized programs and discussions. Delegates reviewed hot springs trends, growth, and operations in regions across the globe. The delegates’ research and findings on the powerful effects of thermal mineral water for the body was the core theme surrounded the day, before leaders of the event advocated for a petition to declare June 22 World Bathing Day.
Clive McNish, general manager of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, shared updates on the property including an analysis on spa booking and operating systems. “We are working together as hot springs operators to identify challenges that we need addressed by our property management sysems to create a more seamless experience for our guests before, during and after their visits,” says McNish.
Other speakers included Richard Lewis Miller, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Wilbur Hot Springs Health Maintenance Organization, who delivered updates on the mental and physical health benefits of hot springs; Jack Tsonis, Ph.D., founder of Australian Sweat Bathing Association, who gave a presentation on extreme heat and cold bathing practices; and Marion Schneider, CEO of Toskanaworld, who presented a social and economic study on the benefits of hot springs facilities in communities. Marc Cohen, professor of health sciences at RMIT University, presented an accreditation and training program that included a review of existing industry standards.