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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:30 AM | Schawna Thoma (Administrator)

    Crisis and Opportunities for the Chinese Hot Springs Industry in Year 2020 

    Jeff Wang, Vice President, China Hot Spring Tourism AssociationExecutive Vice Director, Experts Committee of China Hot SpringTourism Association Director, Asia-Pacific Institute for Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy Tourism.

    According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2020 is the year of the Rat and the year of Gengzi. It is said that there must be some kind of disaster in China in the year of Gengzi. At the beginning of the year, the unprecedented public health crisis happened with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the central city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province. It has generated severe economic and socio-psychological impact on China and even the whole world. Evidently, the hot spring tourism industry of China is estimated to be one of hardest-hit industries. 

    Major problems and trends: 

    1. Since late January 2020, more than 3,000 operating hot springs have been closed across China, and the whole industry fell into a state of "shock". By late February, some hot springs began to open gradually "private pool" or hot spring villas and spa rooms, like ‘yuya’ in Japan, which could be used personally, but the public area still remain closed until March. It is estimated that most of public pools should be open by the end of April. Unfortunately, after May Day Holiday, the high season for hot spring tourism will be over. As it is difficult to completely eradicate the epidemic according to experts, and it is likely to return again in the next winter, the whole industry is generally pessimistic about this year's business forecast. I personally predict that the total revenue of China's hot spring tourism industry will drop by 30%-50%, while some hot spring enterprises may shut down. In a word, the key issue for China's hot spring tourism industry in 2020 is "how to survive?". 

    2. During the outbreak, some hot springs were designated by the government as quarantine hotels for suspected cases, such as in Huangshi City, Hubei Province and in Weihai City, Shandong Province. Since mid- March, hot spring enterprises in some provinces and cities have jointly proposed to provide free accommodation for local medical staff who returned from the frontline of fighting against the epidemic in Hubei Province. For example, Chongqing Hot Spring Tourism Association has organized 7 enterprises to provide 1300 beds for the medical staff, along with a series of wellness service. Led by Rehai Hot Springs in Yunnan Province, hundreds of hot springs across the country have expressed their willingness to provide medical staff with free unlimited hot spring tickets for the whole year. 

    3. An article (written by a Chinese immunology PHD in the United States) and a video about an interview program attended by a famous doctor of Taiwan) about ‘hot springs bath and taking hot baths can boost immunity’ has been widely noted and discussed. The concept and videos of "hot springs and hot baths boost immunity" quickly spread across the country through social media such as Wechat. China's hot spring community just now are discussing how their enterprises should fight against the epidemic and move toward health tourism under the theme of immunity enhancement. After a decade of deliberation, now they finally came to a conclusion: we must focus on wellness and upgrade the industry towards wellness as soon as possible. 

    4. As traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has played a huge role against  the epidemic, it will be a very important element in the transformation of Chinese hot spring tourism towards health and wellness in the future. 

    5. In 2020, 2 standards, namely Classification and grading of hot spring health and wellness tourism project, Hygienic standard for tourist hot spring water quality, are expected to be implemented officially. They will largely promote Chinese hot spring tourism into the orientation of wellness. 

    6. In 2017, the Chinese version of Forest Medicine edited by Dr. Li Qing of Tokyo Medical University was published. He also attends a lot of lectures and exchanges in China every year, and triggers the wave of "forest therapy” and " forest health & wellness”. It is expected that the simplified Chinese version of Dr. Li Qing's forest bathing will be published in the first half of this year (the traditional Chinese version has been released in Taiwan in 2019). Forest bathing will become a healthy fashion activity. Initiated by Dr. Li Qing, hot spring bath + forest bath has become a novel hot spring wellness product in several hot springs in China. 

    7. Climatotherapy and hot spring will continue to develop in a combined way. 

    8. Promoted by commercial insurance companies, the combination of hot springs and pension industry will usher in new development in 2020. 

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:27 AM | Schawna Thoma (Administrator)

    Immune Boosting Activities at Peninsula Hot Springs 

    Charles Davidson, Group Chairman Peninsula Hot Springs 

    Jeff Wang Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy Tourism in China and Member of the Global Wellness Institute Hot Springs Initiative has established operating procedures for hot springs in acute virus situations and practices to boost our immune systems through various health and wellbeing practices at hot springs. 

    Global Wellness Institute Board Member Dr Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, reminds us, “Your body’s first line of defence against any infectious disease is your immune system; maintaining and enhancing your immune system begins with actions you take to optimize your nutrition, exercise, sleep, social connections and mental health.” 

    Elder Anne Warren who comes from the Ya-idt’midtung Country in the mountains of South East Australia encourages the practice of ‘conscious wellness’ based on the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual self. This is achieved through regular practices (healthy habits) such as getting out into the sunlight and moonlight, eating fresh healthy foods including a diet rich in vitamin C, bathing in mineral springs, the sea and rivers, using all of our senses in meditation, deep breathing and connecting with nature. 

    Professor Marc Cohen, MD recommends, “Healthy lifestyle practices as they are not only the most effective prevention for viral illness, they are currently also the best treatment.” He also says, “Fear and worry can overwork your sympathetic nervous system and flood your body with ‘fight and flight chemicals’ that inhibit your immune system. This can be counteracted by focusing on positive emotions and stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system through simple actions that include the “10 Hacks to Relax” which are: 

    1. Touch all your fingers 

    2. Wiggle your toes 

    3. Soften your stomach 

    4. Breathe through your nose 

    5. Sigh 

    6. Smile 

    7. Swallow 

    8. Sing 

    9. Flutter your eyelids 

    10. Focus within” 

    How to boost your immune system at Peninsula Hot Springs 

    At Peninsula Hot Springs we offer many facilities and activities that are helpful for boosting immune systems. Here are many of them: 

    1. Clean Air and Sunlight 

    Surrounded by nature in a forest of trees this venue that started as a bare horse paddock provides a blissful oxygen filled green setting in which to relax, take time and just be. Open air pools mean guests spend allot of time in the sunshine soaking up: vitamin D, the natural surrounds, and the friendships of the people with whom they visit. 

    2. Clean Water 

    Filtered drinking water taps are available throughout the facility and there are signs in many locations reminding our guests to remain well hydrated.

     3. Food 

    Fresh healthy food is served from four food outlets offering SLOW Food (Seasonal, Local, Organic and Whole) as much as possible. We use herbs, seeds and vegetables grown in our own organic Food Bowl gardens with specific immune boosting varieties including ginger, garlic, sage and thyme. 

    4. Global Bathing Offerings 

    Over 60 hot springs bathing pools, saunas, hammams, cold plunge pools, an ice cave and 4 deg C ice plunge pool are set along trails in the natural environment providing spaces for relaxation and connection. Hot and Cold contrast therapy promote blood circulation and enhance the immune response. 

    5. Aromatherapy 

    Aromatherapy is available in private mineral spring baths using essential oils that are renowned for their immune boosting responses such as eucalyptus, lemongrass, bergamont, teatree and many others. We are currently working on a new experience where these essential oils and others will be infused in thermal mineral spring showers. 

    6. Mindful Physical Activities 

    Mindful physical activities and wellbeing programs are offered enabling guests to participate in Yoga classes, Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) and Tai Chi. To encourage our staff to go outdoors we recommend ‘walking meetings’ and are installing desks around the property to enable staff to read and work outdoors on good weather days.

     7. Music 

    Music is made available to guests in various offerings on two stages and also in our ice cave, saunas and even through underwater speakers in the seven pools of the Amphitheatre bathing area. Regular ‘heart zone’ music is being played through underwater speakers designed to focus on stress reduction and promote emotional balance. 

    8. Nature 

    A correlation between connecting with nature and stress and immune strength has been clearly demonstrated. Peninsula Hot Springs with its forests and walking trails and bathing facilities that deliberately takes visitors on a walking bathing journey. Moving from location to location visitors are subtly and subliminally connected to the nature around them. 

    9. Sleep 

    The combination of hot spring bathing and sleep have been shown to provide a higher quality of sleep and a clear regeneration of the bodily functions. Providing locations where daytime sleep is possible is important. At Peninsula Hot Springs these locations include relaxation lounges, relaxation Domes, hammocks and deckchairs. Glamping tents and group domes will soon be available for private groups and couples. 

    “It is the conscious constant pursuit of wellness through the choices we make every day that contribute to our overall health and particularly the health of our immune systems. Building regular healthy habits into our daily routines is the best way to look after yourself and your wellbeing.” 

    10. Joy/Laughter/Connection/Friendship 

    hot springs provide a relaxed natural setting for people to take time to relax, refresh and enjoy each other’s company. In an ever busy world creating spaces for connection is vital. Peninsula Hot Springs is deliberately designed to provide small spaces for private groups of friends to feel like they have the area all to themselves. 

    Charles Davidson 

    contact info 

    charles.davidson@peninsulahotsprings.com Peninsula Hot Springs, Springs Lane, Fingal, Victoria, Australia, 3939 


  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:03 AM | Schawna Thoma (Administrator)

    Working Manual against the Virus for Chongqing Hot Spring Enterprises 

                                                     By APIHC 


    1. Record the health condition and travel routes of every employee. 

    2 .Employees who are located in seriously-affected areas shall comply with local rules. 

    3. Employees who come back from other areas shall adopt home quarantine measures for a required period before they go out. 

    4. Employees or their close contacts shall go to the designated hospitals if they have a fever, cough or other suspicious symptoms, and shall not return to work until cleared to do so after medical examination and observation. 

    5. Dynamic recording and reporting of employees’ health conditions while at work.

    6. Employees shall arrive 10 minutes earlier for body temperature detection and registration. Employees with a temperature higher than 37.2°C cannot attend work. 

    7. Employees shall wear masks during commuting. Where possible it is recommended to use private cars rather than public transportation for the commute to work. Do not touch anything if using public transport. 

    8. Try to avoid external meetings. 

    Facilities and reception

     9. Open outdoor bathing areas first, using less than 50% of the available pools. Do not open indoor business areas including food and beverage outlets. 

    10. Customers shall wear masks, have a body temperature scan and register before they enter, including their personal information, contact details, health code (Chongqing Health Code issued by Chongqing government). Customers without masks and from places out of Chongqing are not allowed to enter. 

    11. Keep 1.5m (5-6 feet) between each customer. Do not crowd in single pools. Maximum length of stay in the pool area is 2 hours. 

    12. Disinfect all areas and equipment every 2 hours. 

    13. Financial recording of clients consumption patterns.

    14. Paperless work, and reduce the hand-to-hand delivery of any paper materials. Wash hands and wear masks when interacting with people.

    15. Keep 1.5m (5-6 feet) between each employee. Do not gather in one place. Wear masks when receiving visitors. 

    16. Avoid direct contact with customers and visitors. 

    Meeting procedures

    17. Where possible use telephones, video call, wechat and QQ online communication, instead of face-to-face meetings. 

    18. Reduce the number of participants and length of meetings, if necessary. 

    19. For any meeting, first measure participants’ temperatures, wash hands, wear masks, and bring personal water cups.

    20. Keep personal distance and constant ventilation of the venue. 

    21. Disinfect the venue, furniture, and crokery after the meeting. 

    22. When driving cars to outside activities, do not over crowd in the car. 


    23. Encourage employees to bring their own lunches. Make available special take-away sites. 

    24. Set special washing sites for cutlery, and provide hand sanitizers, detergents, and kitchen recycling bins. 

    25. Healthy and safely prepared foods and beverages. 

    Daily prevention 

    26. Provide disposable medical masks for employees during work hours (2 for each person each day). Provide a mask-only trash bin, and disinfect the trash bin with 75% alcohol or chlorine-containing disinfectants. 

    27. Provide 75% alcohol disinfectant in the public areas. When using the access control system, the fingerprint machine should be disinfected and wiped before use. 

    28. Provide disposable gloves for employees (one for each person each day). Wash hands and wear gloves before being in contact the public facilities, linen and other materials. 

    29. Use 84 disinfectant to disinfect public areas, office areas, desks and chairs, computers, the printing equipment, phones and other facilities every day. 

    30. Keep the working environment clean and ventilated, and try to open the window not less than 3 times a day for not less than 20 to 30 minutes each time. Ventilation may lead to decreasing room temperature, so please put on proper clothes to keep warm. 

    31. Wash hands frequently and wipe hands with disposable paper or clean towels. 

    32. Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief, tissue or the elbow when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. 

    33. Avoid extended family gatherings and any other gatherings. 

    Go to Hospital if... 

    34. Go to a designated hospital in the event of any suspicious symptoms and report the suspicious case to the community office. Service hotline: 12320. 

    35. Avoid public transport when going to the designated hospital and provide advance notice to the hospital beforehand. 

    36. Go to hospital immediately if those who have lived or worked with confirmed cases or highly suspicious cases show some symptoms. 

    37. Wear masks all the way and avoid contacting other people. 

    38.  Detailed description of recent travel routes. 

    Management procedure 

    39. Set up an epidemic prevention and control team led by the GM of the company, and establish the emergency plan for epidemic prevention and control. Ensure the reasonable purchase of emergency materials, sterilization and protective items, and organize the staff to implement prevention and control measures. 

    40. Employees shall immediately report to the administration if they have a fever during the work. He/she shall register their condition and commence home quarantine or go to hospital. 

    41. Employees shall fill in their personal information in strict accordance with the requirements of national and local government departments, and actively cooperate with the supervision and inspection of epidemic prevention and control of government departments. 

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:33 AM | Schawna Thoma (Administrator)

    Dear Hot Springs Friends, 

    On Monday we shut down Peninsula Hot Springs and laid off (asked they go on temporary unpaid leave) about 300 of our wonderful staff. I imagine that you are all experiencing the same type of difficult times as we are.

    We have been thinking of utilising Peninsula Hot Springs as a service to the health of our community in this time of need. Possibly you can do the same now or during future outbreaks (if you don’t yet have your facilities built) at hot springs in your respective communities. 

    During the crisis there are three scenarios we have identified to support the medical industry and the broader community that could be possible including:

    • A respite centre for the medical profession. Keeping the profession healthy during this time is essential and hot springs are well placed to provide many immune boosting activities.
    • A quarantine facility in which people can spend their isolation period
    • A second stage hospital support facility for non-critical patients recovering from the virus

    The Global Hot Springs Initiative and its members around the world worked with the Asia-Pacific Institute of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy Tourism in China (a FEMTEC supported organisation) on research into immune boosting activities that can be provided at hot springs. This resulted in a compilation of academic and industry findings. Peninsula Hot Springs also produced a PDF document outlining how many of these immune boosting activities can be experienced at its facility on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia.

      After a shutdown of the entire Chinese tourism industry including all of the hot springs in January this month, a little over two months since the shutdown, hot springs have slowly begun re-opening. To facilitate this re-opening the Asia-Pacific Institute of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy Tourism developed a procedure for operating hot springs in situations of virus outbreaks. We worked with them to translate this operating procedure. This could be very helpful in framing an operating procedures for your respective communities.

    They have also produced a forward thinking industry future trends paper that outlines how they see the industry emerging from this COVID-19 pandemic.

    I include four documents with this e-mail that provide background to the potential of utilising hot springs to support our communities in these difficult times. (to view, click back to the "Wellness" home page)

     Have  a look at these and lets continue the global hot springs industry conversation about how we can help each other through this tough situation. It is by working together that we will build the beautiful connected world we all strive to and dream of living in. In love we are one.

    Please share this with your fellow hot springs industry colleagues and anyone else for whom it could be relevant and for whom you think it could help. 

     Much love to you all ,

    Charles Davidson

U.S. Hot Springs Business & Trade Association
445 E 5th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

(Est. 2019)

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