Hot Springs Initiative

The Hot Springs Initiative is a global network of hot springs owners, operators, academics and industry participants dedicated to exploring the diverse potential of geothermal waters to contribute to the health and wellbeing of visitors as well as the economies and societies in which they are located.

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Initiative Leadership

Charles Davidson

Charles Davidson

Initiative Chair

Prof. Charles Davidson, Co-Founder, Chairman and Creative Director, Peninsula Hot Springs

Charles Davidson is the co-founder & Chairman of Peninsula Hot Springs; Vice-President FEMTEC Asia-Pacific; Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities at Victoria University; Founding Director Bathe the World Foundation; founding member and past vice-president of the…Read More

Mark Hennebry

Mark Hennebry

Vice Chair

Mark Hennebry, Chairman, Ensana

Mark Hennebry is director hotels at CP Holdings, chairman of Ensana Health Spa Hotels and vice chairman of Danubius Hotels. In these roles, he is responsible for 45 properties across 5 countries, employing 4,300 people with total revenues exceeding €250 million. Within this portfolio, Ensana is Europe’s leading health spa operator…Read More



We seek to connect communities who have geothermal water and provide opportunities to meet, share thoughts and collectively grow the industry while generating consumer and political awareness of this unique natural and sustainable resource found in every country on earth.

  • Coordinate and contribute to the Hot Springs Forum at the annual Global Wellness Summit
  • Provide a forum for sharing best practices from around the world: cross-culturally, historically and archaeologically
  • Provide opportunities for hot springs facilities to share best practices, triumphs, challenges and sustainable business models

Featured Reports and Resources


Using natural thermal and mineral waters as a healing approach–which is studied medically as balneotherapy–has a history of over 4,000 years, and is used all over the world as part of traditional therapies. It includes not only hot and mineral springs bathing, but mud packs/treatments and drinking and inhalation therapies.

Global Thermal Think Tanks (G3T)

Each year before and after the Global Wellness Summit, hot springs owners, operators, senior managers and researchers from across the globe discuss a range of industry issues and opportunities to collaborate and grow together.

Hot Springs Initiative Organizations

The Hot Springs Initiative strives to connect the community of global hot springs. If there is a hot spring organization you feel should be included on this list, or if this list needs to be corrected in any way, please send us an email.

Hot Springs & Geothermal Mineral Waters: A User’s Guide for the Global Wellness Travler

This user’s guide, published by the Global Wellness Institute and written by Ed Moffett and Amy McDonald, was created to help wellness travelers grasp the value of, and more specifically learn facts about, participating in hot springs bathing.

Initiative Members

An international wellness ThinkTank dedicated to exploring the diverse values of geothermal waters for health, recreation, tourism and community.


The Hot Springs Initiative intention is to connect the global community of hot springs and geothermal resources.

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