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San Antonio Recognized as a Destination Worth Visiting

San Antonio is widely known as a favorite vacation destination, with more than 34 million people visiting the city each year. The city’s rich culture and history, burgeoning culinary and cocktail scene, world-class hotels, resorts and meeting spaces, exciting attractions, unique events, affordability – and more – have received praise from established organizations and media outlets. These accolades include:

Expedia includes San Antonio in its “17 Places You Must Visit in 2017” list.

San Antonio is home to two of USA Today’s Best Texas Attractions poll, including The River Walk at No. 1 as well as The Alamo and Spanish Colonial Missions at No. 6.

TravelSquire.com included San Antonio in its Cities Plus Culture category in Top 28 Destinations to visit in 2017.

Room 5, travel blog for hotel booking site Trivago, named San Antonio to its list of the Top 5 Family-Friendly Destinations in the United States.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked San Antonio No. 23 on its list of Best Places to Live in the USA.

For a second consecutive year, Chef Steve McHugh of Cured is named a 2017 finalist for Best Chef-Southwest by the James Beard Foundation.

Rico Torres and Diego Galcia, chefs and owners of San Antonio’s progressive Mexican restaurant Mixtli, are named among the 2017 list of 12 Best New Chefs in the country by Food & Wine.

The Esquire Tavern is recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a 2017 semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program.

Eater names Laura Loomis, Pitmaster at Two Bros BBQ Market, to its Eater Young Guns 2017 list recognizing up and coming stars in the culinary industry.

Food & Wine names Hotel Emma among the world’s 40 best food-centric hotels. 2017

San Antonio named the Most Romanic City in the United States by Amazon in 2017.

Travel + Leisure names San Antonio among the country’s top 10 destinations in the magazine’s 2017 Best Awards.

No. 1 in Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s Favorite Cities for Christmas Lights (December 2016).

San Antonio is No.1 on Travel + Leisure’s America’s Friendliest Cities 2016 list.

SmartAssets places San Antonio No. 1 on its Best Cities for Conferences List for 2016.

San Antonio ranks No. 8 on Lonely Planet’s list of Unexpectedly Exciting Places to See in the United States in 2016.

On Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities in the U.S., San Antonio is No. 12. 2016

Lonely Planet names San Antonio to its Best in the US List for 2016.

In its October 2016 online edition, Forbes names San Antonio “The Best City in Texas.” 

Travel + Leisure names The Hotel Emma to its It List: The Best New Hotels on the Planet for 2016.

San Antonio is No. 2 on Budget Travel’s Where to Go in 2016 list.

San Antonio joins exclusive list of Travel + Leisure’s best travel destinations on the planet for 2016.

Family Vacation Critic designated San Antonio as one of its Top Ten Best Family Travel Bets for 2016.

Orbitz names San Antonio one of 2016’s hottest destinations.

Forbes magazine names San Antonio one of The 2016 Best Big Cities for Jobs.

Facilities & Destinations Magazine gives Visit San Antonio one of its 2016 Top Destination Awards, given to CVBs that promote meeting destinations.

The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center was lauded by Facilities & Destinations Magazine with a 2016 Prime Site Award, given to the top convention and exposition centers.

San Antonio was noted by Forbes as No. 8 on its list of “America’s Cities of the Future” in 2016.

According to The Gallup-Healthways Report, San Antonio is among the happiest large communities in the United States.

Steve McHugh, owner and chef at Cured restaurant, was a 2016 finalist for Best Chef-Southwest by the James Beard Foundation.

Hotel Emma is named the Top Hotel in Texas in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2016.

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is the No. 10 Top Resort in Texas in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2016.

Travel + Leisure lists San Antonio on its “Cheapest Places to Visit” list, suggesting June as the best month to head to San Antonio.

The National Student included San Antonio in its list of Top 20 Destinations for 2016.

SmartAsset denotes San Antonio as nation’s top convention city by reviewing data from Hotels.com’s Hotel Price Index and other sources on the costs and convenience of attending a conference in major U.S. cities. The analysis incorporated nine metrics, including number of major hotels, average cost of a hotel room and distance from the airport.

Matador Network includes San Antonio on The 10 Most Underrated Cities for Millennials.

San Antonio is among top 15 meeting destinations according to Cvent, 2015.

Huffington Post names San Antonio as one of 5 American Cities You Should Visit in 2015.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced as one of Family Vacation Critic’s Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2015.

Morgan’s Wonderland has been named one of America’s top theme parks in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

SeaWorld San Antonio was selected as the state’s “Best Attraction” for 2015 by the Texas Travel Industry Association.

Tampa Tribune calls San Antonio, “One of the world’s most festive cities,” 2015.

Priceline.com adds San Antonio to its 2015 list of the Top 25 Destinations to Celebrate July 4th.

King William Historic District is named one of the “Most Beautiful Historic Neighborhoods in America” by Thrillist. 2016

Visit San Antonio is once again a Pinnacle Award recipient from the readers of Successful Meetings Magazine. This award is based on the quality of service provided to discerning meeting and incentive travel planners. 2015

Visit San Antonio receives Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine’s reader, recognizing commitment to excellence. 2015

TripAdvisor names San Antonio among Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. 2015

San Antonio was noted by Forbes as one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. 2015

The Milken Institute acclaims San Antonio as one of nation’s best-performing cities, 2015.

San Antonio has been recognized as one of the "52 Places to Go in 2015" by the New York Times.

San Antonio ranked No. 3 on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 list of the Friendliest Cities in the United States.

The readers of Texas Highways named San Antonio the best travel destination in Texas, 2014.

For a complimentary San Antonio Official Visitor’s Guide, contact the Visit San Antonio at 800-ALAMO-07 or www.visitsanantonio.com.

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Visit San Antonio is a marketing, sales and service organization dedicated to the promotion of San Antonio as a meetings and visitor destination for the purpose of positively affecting the city's economy.