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With more than 39 million visitors each year, San Antonio is a destination worth visiting. We have it all. Browse our blog entries to get to know us better and scroll through our accolades below to see what others are saying about our destination. 

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On November 19, Visit San Antonio, along with PSAV and our special guests from Caliente Hot Glass, hosted a Lunch & Learn and a live demonstration of the art of glass blowing. In case you missed it, we invite you to view it below.

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San Antonio (September 1, 2020) – San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is the first airport in the world to purchase and employ the Xenex LightStrike robot – the only ultraviolet (UV) room disinfection technology proven to deactivate SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19.  

“The health and safety of our employees and passengers has always been our number-one priority,” said Jesus Saenz, Jr., Director of Airports for the City of San Antonio.  “The acquisition of the Xenex LightStrike robot is just the latest innovative enhancement to our daily operations and efforts to ensure that traveling through San Antonio International Airport is the easiest and safest experience passengers can encounter.” 

The LightStrike robot incorporates cutting-edge technology through bursts of intense UV light to destroy hard-to-kill viruses and bacteria found in common places and hard-to-clean spaces.  SAT is the first airport to deploy LightStrike robot technology from Xenex – a renowned world-leader in infection prevention and disinfection technology.  LightStrike technology is used in healthcare facilities to destroy microscopic pathogens often found on high-touch surfaces that can cause healthcare associated infections.  In testing performed at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute – one of the world’s leading independent research institutes working exclusively on infectious disease – the LightStrike robot destroyed SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in two minutes.  SAT is now bringing this same level of disinfection to the commercial airport industry.  

“COVID-19 nearly caused the aviation industry to stop in its tracks,” said Dr. Mark Stibich, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Xenex.  “Planning for the disinfection of public spaces – especially commercial airports – is a major priority to reduce the risk of disease transmission.  Putting an effective infection prevention infrastructure in place is essential, and we are proud to partner with San Antonio International Airport in leading the aviation industry in this effort.”

Using environmentally-friendly pulsed xenon, the portable LightStrike can disinfect an area in less than 10-15 minutes without warm-up or cool-down time.  This will allow the quick and easy deployment of the LightStrike robot to disinfect high-traffic areas without a disruption to passengers.  Operated by the airport’s terminal services staff, it can be used anywhere in the airport – to include jet bridges, gate areas, ticketing counters, baggage claim, concessions, elevators and restrooms – where there are high-touch surfaces or high volumes of traffic.

In 2012, the city of San Antonio recruited Xenex’s headquarters and manufacturing operations from Austin to San Antonio.  Since that time, and with the city’s support, Xenex has continued to grow and has established itself as a world-leader in mobile, UV disinfection technology.  “I am excited to see the use of innovative technology at the airport to address the ever-evolving challenges in the fight against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.  “Our aviation team’s forward-looking moves, such as using this UV disinfection technology and partnering with San Antonio-based Xenex, will position our city well for economic growth now and in the years to come.”  

“Our goal is to provide the safest environment for our passengers.  We already have a comprehensive sanitization and disinfection process in place,” said Saenz.  “We are excited to add the LightStrike to our current health enhancements to complement our sanitation stations, social distancing measures and other safety protocols.  We are proud to be a leader in the aviation industry when it comes to health and safety, and to be the first airport to employ the LightStrike.”

The airport plans to hold a city-wide naming contest to name the LightStrike Robot.  The naming contest will be a part of the airport’s social media efforts designed to restore consumer confidence in commercial air travel and reduce fears of contracting COVID-19 while at the airport.   

For more information on the airport’s health and safety protocols, visit www.Flysantonio.com.  

To schedule a demonstration, contact Rich Stinson at rich.stinson@sanantonio.gov

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San Antonio: America’s 21st Century City

San Antonio is a global city with a dynamic economy and workforce, a deep cultural heritage and diverse communities that are resilient and welcoming. It is one of the strongest fiscally managed cities in the country with a vibrant business climate and a ‘AAA’ general obligation bond rating from all three major rating agencies. San Antonio is a city that nurtures entrepreneurship, encourages investment and funds infrastructure. America’s seventh-largest city offers growth opportunities in bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy, transportation, manufacturing and healthcare. In 2015, UNESCO designated San Antonio’s 18th century Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site – the first in Texas. Proudly called Military City, USA®, San Antonio is home to one of the largest populations of active duty military, veterans and crucial military commands. In 2018, the city celebrates its 300th anniversary, honoring its rich past and a bright future focused on innovation and livability. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.

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On August 13, The Witte Museum and Visit San Antonio, along with PSAV, hosted a fun and educational lunch and learn titled “Dressing for the Job.” Demonstrations by the talented Vaquero Josh include the practical and protective uses for chaps, boots, hats, bandanas and more. It is fun for the whole family! In case you missed it, we invite you to view it below.

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On July 23, Visit San Antonio joined the team at Pedrotti’s Ranch, along with PSAV, for a bourbon fueled cooking demo. This savory lunch and learn featured everything you need to know about grilling the perfect burger as well as how to make your own butter-bourbon glazed grilled peaches and a signature cocktail called Hill Country Dreaming.  In case you missed it, we invite you to view it below and try creating your own at home. Tag us in your creations at Twitter, @MeetinSA.

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On June 3, Marriott and Visit San Antonio, along with PSAV, hosted a virtual cooking class to share some of the fantastic flavors of San Antonio. Accomplished Marriott Chefs Brett Rea and Benjamin Annotti showed our friends how to make Marriott’s Pan Roasted Tomato Tartine and Rose’ + Grapefruit Spritz. In case you missed it, we invite you to view it below and try creating your own at home. Tag us in your creations at Twitter, @MeetinSA.

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Visit our Destination Experience Pinterest Boards for planning inspiration for your next San Antonio event. From catering ideas, to venue suggestions and decorating fun, our boards are sure to inspire your creative thinking. And don’t forget our expert Destination Experience Team is here to help as well. Please reach out to us for anything you may need to help make your San Antonio event a success!

Visit https://www.pinterest.com/visitsanantonio/destination-experience

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We snagged a few moments with Kristy Hernandez, one of the Visit San Antonio Destination Sales Managers. She gave us the inside scoop on where to get a great margarita in town and why San Antonio is the perfect spot for your next fiesta!

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Kristy with her fur-baby, Lucy!

How long have you lived in San Antonio?:

KH: I have lived in San Antonio for almost my ENTIRE life! I did live in Austin during my college days (Go Horns!!) and a few other cities when I was younger.

As someone who’s a born and bred San Antonio-an, why have you stayed?:

KH: I absolutely LOVE San Antonio!  I have always wanted to live somewhere beautiful, friendly and rich in culture. San Antonio checks all of those boxes and my family lives here, so it is the perfect fit!  

What meetings, conventions and event markets do you handle?

KH: I handle site visits for all markets, and have the pleasure of working closely with our Sales Managers in San Antonio, D.C., Chicago, Florida and Dallas.  

What do you love about working for Visit San Antonio?

KH: The people. Visit San Antonio is a lovely little work family. I enjoy coming to work every day and I have fun while working. It is the perfect combination.

Why should people host their next event in San Antonio?

KH: San Antonio is such a wonderful place and we will welcome you with open arms every time you visit. There is so much to do here for everyone. We also have the friendliest people here, which is a huge plus! 

When you’re not busy showing off the city, what do you like to do in your free time?

KH: When I have some free time, I love relaxing at home with my family, friends and my fur-baby, Lucy! I also love to go walking along the Museum Reach section of the River Walk, it’s so calming.

Describe San Antonio is three words:

KH: Beautiful. Friendly. FIESTA!   

Now for a few speed round questions:

Red Salsa or Green Salsa?

KH: Red.

What is your favorite “hidden gem” in San Antonio?

KH: This is so difficult, because everything is my favorite! I love Mi Tierra’s bakery and their decorations are gorgeous. When people visit they MUST the get a cocktail at Sternewirth inside of Hotel Emma and a margarita on the patio at La Gloria (the Mangonada is my favorite)! I love the San Antonio Zoo (Did you know you can feed the giraffes?!) and SeaWorld (Aquatica water park is so fun!). I also never skip out on a chance to sing with my friends at Howl at the Moon – they know how to throw a party. I truly could talk for hours, but I’ll stop here.

Think you’d like to plan your next San Antonio event with Kristy, or sing the night away at piano bar with her? Reach out via email – KristyHernandez@visitsanantonio.com.   

Be on the lookout to meet more of our Visit San Antonio Sales Staff, and in the meantime, kick-off your event planning by visiting our website: https://meetings.visitsanantonio.com/.

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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 10, 2019) – The public-private nonprofit Visit San Antonio, the sales and marketing arm for the City of San Antonio, has been selected by its employees as a Top Workplace for 2019, it was announced today.

The organization was recognized at an awards luncheon held at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa, and will be showcased along with other winners in a Top Workplaces special section to be published in the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday, Oct. 13. The newspaper sponsors and announces the annual awards.

“The fact that this award is given out based on the responses of employees makes it particularly special,” said VIA Metropolitan President & CEO, Jeffrey C. Arndt, chairman of the Visit San Antonio Board of Directors. “It is the organization’s staff that is the foundation of everything it does, and this recognition reflects the familial atmosphere that exists at Visit San Antonio.”

This is the 11th year for the Express-News to team up with Workplace Dynamics, an independent search firm, to recognized the best places to work in the San Antonio area. Winning employers are chosen through employee surveys on a variety of workplace topics. Survey results are then verified by an independent organization.

“Visit San Antonio takes great pride in its ability to attract and retain top talent,” said Casandra Matej, President & CEO for Visit San Antonio. “We always say that we sell fun in San Antonio, which is one of the country’s truly authentic and wonderful destinations, and that we have fun doing it. We take great pride in the work we do, but we also truly enjoy each other and this organization.”

Visit San Antonio, which includes 87 employees, works daily to position San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. The city welcomes 39 million visitors a year as part of a tourism and hospitality industry that generates $15.2 billion in economic impact.

For more information on the organization and San Antonio as a destination, visit www.VisitSanAntonio.com.

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Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” is a tradition-filled, lively celebration of deceased loved ones. The spirit of this tradition lives throughout San Antonio through vibrant events for all. 

Explore fall in San Antonio with incredible music, art and culture. Experience events like SeaWorld San Antonio’s Howl-O-Scream & Spooktacular, Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Fright Fest, new exhibits at cultural institutions like The Witte Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art and more. 

Enjoy a fall adventure full of surprises. Escape for a couple’s getaway in San Antonio, showcasing our rich culture and thriving culinary scene. 

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