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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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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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