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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!

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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