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(SAN ANTONIO, TX) Oct. 6, 2020Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with San Antonio recognized as the #5 in the Best Big Cities in the U.S. category – and the only Texas city, big or small, selected for the awards.

More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted an incredible number of responses rating their travel experiences across the globe. 

“The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, U.S. Editor of Condé Nast Traveler. “The winners represent the best of the best for our audience and offer plenty of trip-planning inspiration for all the adventures we can’t wait to have next.”

“San Antonio’s warm and welcoming environment and commitment to the health and safety of our visitors and residents continues to shine through these tough times,” said Casandra Matej, President & CEO of Visit San Antonio. “We’re honored that Condé Nast Traveler’s readers continue to enjoy and recognize San Antonio as a top city in the country, even upgrading us to the top 5 in 2020.”

The  Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The full list of winners can be found here.

On the cusp of the Hill Country, rooted on the banks of a spring-fed river, Latino, Western and European cultures mingle to form a city unlike any other – San Antonio. Walk amidst eighteenth-century missions; explore the River Walk with its sidewalk cafes, theaters and shops; savor flavorful cuisines from around the world and join celebrations thrown at the drop of a sombrero. Whether it’s a family excursion at a theme park or a romantic getaway into the heart of a centuries-old yet modern city, find that history is made every day in San Antonio. Amid the uncertainty in the current atmosphere, travelers can be confident and assured that San Antonio keeps innovating to ensure health and safety is priority number one. This commitment to safety is shared across the destination and recently saw the addition of born-in-San Antonio disinfecting robots now in use at San Antonio International Airport and other city facilities, as well as more than 2,000 businesses and organizations pledging to be safer together.

The 2020 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.

For additional information on how San Antonio is an enjoyable and safe choice for travelers go to


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Visit San Antonio
David Gonzalez

Conde Nast Traveler

About Visit San Antonio

Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomed 41 million visitors in 2019. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $15.2 billion into the local economy and employing more than 140,000 in an average year. More information about Visit San Antonio can be found at

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