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GULF SHORES, Ala. (Oct. 5, 2021)—It is with honor that the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, present Visit San Antonio with a 2021 Readers’ Choice Award.

ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that Visit San Antonio has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Ashleigh Osborne. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that Visit San Antonio indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”

Visit San Antonio is among 415 convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive this year’s Readers’ Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best. With over 8,000 voters participating in the selection process and the highest social media interaction to date, this has been the most successful and engaging year yet!

Since creation in 2001, this is the third time that Visit San Antonio has received the award, making it an even greater honor to present it with a 2021 Readers’ Choice Award. Visit San Antonio will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2021 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. This exciting issue will also showcase some of the most talented meeting professionals in the nation as ConventionSouth also presents planners with its annual “Meeting Professionals To Watch” designation. “Featuring peer advice and trade secrets from our Meeting Professionals to Watch in 2022, our Awards Issue is one of the most popular must-read resources within the meetings industry,” Osborne said.

Celebrating almost 40 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book meetings held within the South, according to Osborne.

A complete list of award winners can be found online at: https://conventionsouth.com/2021-readers-choice-award-winners-announced/

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San Antonio (July 26, 2021) – Rich in history, bursting with culture and booming with modern attractions, San Antonio is a truly unique destination working with meeting groups to speed the recovery of the meetings and conventions industry in the city. To that end, Visit San Antonio is launching the 2021 Sí San Antonio Meetings Incentive Promotion as the city remains open for business and committed to planners’ and visitors’ safety and satisfaction.

“As the country bounces back from the pandemic we want to ensure meetings groups know they are welcome and wanted in San Antonio,” said Mario Bass, Chief Sales Officer for Visit San Antonio. “The Si San Antonio Meetings Incentive Promotion is the latest way our team at Visit San Antonio is making it easier and more appealing for meetings and conventions to return to our city as we spur the economic recovery in the community.”

Qualified groups are able to take advantage of these incentives to help offset some of their costs for meeting in San Antonio:

  • Between 250-500 total contracted room nights
    • $3 per actualized room night
  • Between 501-750 total contracted room nights
    • $4 per actualized room night
  • 751 or greater contracted room nights
    • $5 per actualized room night
  • For any group contracting the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for the dates outlined in this promotion will receive a 50% discount on Convention Center rental rates
  • All qualifying groups are eligible for Visit San Antonio’s Fly-In On Us Promotion as well, offering a customized visit to experience San Antonio’s offerings

To qualify for the incentives, meetings and events must total 250 or more room nights during a need-time through 2024 and be booked through a Visit San Antonio sales representative with contracts executed by Dec. 31, 2021. Need-time dates are listed on the promotion webpage and subject to change. The Si San Antonio meeting incentive promotion is available now through Dec. 31, 2021.

When meeting planners work with Visit San Antonio, they also receive:

  • Access to Destination Experience Managers who provide personalized attention and unparalleled service. They become an extension of the planning team to streamline the planning process while creating a truly unique and authentic San Antonio meeting.
  • Connect SA: Connection to local leaders who can provide education, local expertise, speakers, panel participation, and networking. The 7th largest city in America, San Antonio is home to 15 area colleges and universities, and robust Information Technology/Cybersecurity, Bioscience, Aerospace, New Energy, Financial Services and Advanced Manufacturing sectors.
  • Access to the Planning Assistant, containing tools and resources to market events.
  • Attendees receive deals and discounts throughout the city with Visit San Antonio’s Show Us Your Badge program.
  • See all the reasons to plan a meeting in San Antonio here.

For more information on the 2021 Si San Antonio Meetings Incentive Promotion – including program terms and conditions, Visit San Antonio Sales Representative contacts or to submit an RFP – visit Meetings.VisitSanAntonio.com.

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Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6 that serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. In 2019, San Antonio welcomed approximately 41 million visitors. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $15.2 billion into the local economy annually and employing 140,000 in 2019. More information about Visit San Antonio and what San Antonio offers leisure and business travelers can be found at VisitSanAntonio.com.

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Our Destination Experience team launched a Basketball Bracket Challenge to excite and engage clients with a little friendly competition. This effort coincided with San Antonio hosting the historic NCAA 2021 Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament featuring a “bubble” format with all 64 teams. To spotlight all the wonderful efforts that went into play to host a successful event, three “Behind the Scenes” videos were produced to showcase the meticulous planning that took place leading up to the tournament. In the first segment, key team members with NCAA and our San Antonio partners were interviewed on the best practices developed for the health and safety of the NCAA teams, staff and visitors. We invite you to view it below.

For the second installment of the NCAA 2021 Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Challenge “Behind the Scenes” video series, the Destination Experience team met with and interviewed key industry partners from NCAA, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the Alamodome and San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel to discuss all of the logistics involved in managing and moving 64-teams of athletes from across the country into a singular “bubble” format. We invite you to view it below.

In the final installment of the NCAA 2021 Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Challenge “Behind the Scenes” video series, the Destination Experience team spotlight’s how NCAA and the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee enhanced and engaged the student athletes as well as the visitor experience virtually and how key industry partners were able to bring San Antonio into the “bubble” format. We invite you to view it below.

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On March 1, Visit San Antonio celebrated this year’s Texas Independence Day with an interactive beer tasting presented by Alamo Beer CompanyEncore and PRA. The virtual event featured behind the scenes tour of Alamo Beer Company’s stunning 18,000 square foot brewery, beer hall and beer garden with guided tasting of award winning craft beers with Brewmaster Gregg Spickler. In case you missed it, we invite you to view it below.

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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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