The headlines prove it. It’s true what people are saying. And, we have the headlines to prove it. Browse a selection of our recent accolades, headlines and feature stories below to read all about it. Then, book your next stay and visit San Antonio.
Family-friendly Halloween and other fall events to check out across the US
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Got your costumes ready? Halloween is more than a month away, but theme parks, zoos, resorts, haunted houses — and hotels — are already welcoming your little (and big) ghosts and ghouls with fall events.
As travelers sought outlets for their wanderlust over the past year, they turned to their own proverbial backyards, stretching the definition of “drive market” perhaps further than it’s gone before. Southern cities continue to steal the hearts of T+L readers, thanks to the wonderful mix of warm hospitality, approachable size, excellent food, and striking architecture.
Multimillion-Dollar Renovation Project Complete at San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
Meetings & Conventions
A multimillion-dollar project that affected all corners of the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter has been completed at the 1,000-room hotel, one of the largest in the city. The property’s meeting and event space was increased by 11,000 square feet during the renovation, to a total of 70,136 square feet.
In Texas, Charming San Antonio Preserves Hispanic Influences
Viagem e Turismo
Texas was once French, Spanish, Mexican territory and remained, from 1836 to 1845, as an independent republic before being annexed to the United States. Thanks to the extraction of oil, natural gas and the excellent performance of technology companies, the state is today one of the richest in the country.
San Antonio is something of an underdog when compared to a Texas-sized metropolis like Austin, but hey, we like it that way. While Austin continues to grow and change at a rapid pace, San Antonio has managed to expand at its own speed, maintaining a close semblance to its rich heritage and local culture along the way. Here’s eight major reasons why all y’all road warriors should make cruising over to San Antonio a priority on your next Lone Star State adventure.
Ceviche is a mainstay on menus at South and Central American restaurants and the poolside bars along the Caribbean coast of Mexico. But, you don’t need to be on vacation to enjoy this citrus-cured seafood dish. It can be added into your summer snacking repertoire, along with homemade salsas and guacamole. A trip to your local seafood market for fresh fish, some serious knife skills, a little creativity, and tasty tortilla chips will help you master the art of ceviche recipes at home.
Rebooting Tourism: Visit San Antonio Woos Convention Organizers in Hopes of Jump-starting Industry
San Antonio Express-News
It was a familiarization tour — a FAM in industry parlance. Visit San Antonio and most other major-city tourism marketing groups in the U.S. invite officials from industry associations on such all-expenses-paid FAM tours as they compete to land as many conventions as possible.
The groups also host travel journalists, bloggers and social media influencers, hoping they’ll write glowing reviews of their destinations.
The trips are a long-running practice. But this year — as cities across the country struggle to rebuild convention industries laid low by COVID-19 — the urgency to make a good impression on convention planners is palpable.
Southwest Airlines Adding Flights to Multiple U.S.Markets
San Antonio Business Journal
San Antonio International Airport is gaining — and regaining — flights 15 months into the Covid-19 pandemic.
The latest additions are courtesy of Southwest Airlines, which plans to bring more service to and from the Alamo City this fall. The Dallas-based carrier said it will launch domestic flights linking SAT and Colorado Springs Airport beginning Nov. 23.
Memorial Day Weekend Resembles a Return to Near-Normal
San Antonio Report
If someone suddenly woke up from a coma in downtown San Antonio this weekend after one year and three months of slumber, they could do nearly everything they had planned for Memorial Day weekend pre-pandemic.
10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites To See in Your Lifetime, According to T+L’s Travel Advisors
Travel + Leisure
From the pyramids of Egypt to the Great Barrier Reef, there are 1,121 places around the world that have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gold standard for places of global historical and aesthetic significance. To be included on the list, the site must be of “outstanding universal value” and meet at least one of ten criteria, such as: representing a “masterpiece of human creative genius” or containing “superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty.”
Between the iconic Alamo, its charming River Walk, and other attractions, San Antonio’s long been a great family vacation destination. Fortunately, the Texas city also overflows with kid-friendly lodgings, offering attractive family amenities like waterpark-like pools, borrowable baby gear, and kid sitting. If Alamo City travel plans are in your future, be sure to check out one of these hotels or resorts, packed with amenities that both kids and adults will love.
Some vacationers prefer the restaurants, nightlife, and atmosphere of cities, and New York’s attractions as well as Philadelphia’s history and cuisine are ideal for them. Wineries, redwoods, and California coastline await visitors in Sonoma County. Santa Fe and San Antonio feature their own summer styles, with history, great food, and relaxing ambiance.
If your family has plans to remember the Alamo soon, rest assured San Antonio is a super family-friendly city well beyond the iconic Franciscan Mission. You’ll want to plan a stroll along the famous River Walk, hit a theme park, make friends with some local animals, and check out all the other top attractions San Antonio has to offer. Check out this list of the best things to do with families in San Antonio and get ready to enjoy some extra-special fun times together.
Marc Anderson Named New President and CEO of Visit San Antonio
The Visit San Antonio Board of Directors has named Marc Anderson as its new President and CEO, effective June 1. Anderson brings 29 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry to his new position in San Antonio, including work in global sales, marketing, public relations and e-commerce.
Commentary: S.A. Shines Amid Storm, Emerges as Safe Destination
San Antonio Express-News
The first anniversary of the arrival of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic was recently recognized, marked by somber reflection; the past year has been a miserable marathon for most, personally and professionally.
Yet as we continue the gradual climb toward recovery, one thing remains as certain as it did 13 months ago: We’re still San Antonio — and that’s a powerful reality.