Why San Antonio


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In San Antonio, we mean business. We also know how to have fun. Our city is rich in history, bursting with culture, and booming with modern attractions. We’re renown as a truly unique destination and we’re eager to host you and your group. Discover some of the top reasons why San Antonio is the premier meeting destination for groups of all sizes.

Meet. Learn. Play.

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State-Of-The-Art Convention Center

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The Henry B. González Convention Center (HBGCC) is right on the banks of the world-famous River Walk and has the footprint, technology, and the flexibility to host nearly any event imaginable. The HBGCC has 514,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 86,500 square feet of column-free multipurpose space, 70-plus meeting rooms, and two ballrooms (one of which is the largest in Texas). 

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Outstanding Accommodations

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Consider a stay at one of 45,000 guest rooms, with nearly 14,000 located downtown and 6,500 within walking distance of the convention center. From luxurious downtown hotels, to boutique inns, to spacious Hill Country resorts, San Antonio’s lodging options are varied in style, location, and affordability, making our city the ideal meeting destination for groups of all sizes. Learn more about our planning process and accommodations.

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Meeting Space

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Capturing the minds of your attendees first requires capturing their attention, and San Antonio provides an inspiring setting for your event. Our city is also home to a wide variety of hotel meeting spaces, historic venues and state-of-the-art facilities designed to accommodate all meeting types. Here learning is accessible, affordable, and easy.

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Attendee Experience

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As a top leisure destination in the nation, San Antonio boasts a vibrant mix of culture and cuisine, legendary architecture, moving history, and 300 days of sunshine a year. For small and large groups alike, San Antonio offers a variety of unique venues, nightlife, and family-friendly attractions to give your guests plenty of social elements for a truly unique (and totally fun!) meeting or convention experience.

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Ease of Transportation and Walkability

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We make it easy to get here and easy to get around. Conveniently located in south-central Texas, San Antonio is an easy trip for groups coming in from either coast. The San Antonio International Airport has recently increased non-stop service by 50% and is just eight miles from downtown. Once you’re here, our walkable city makes it easy to get around. Jump on an open-air river taxi with GO RIO Cruises, or walk, or bike around our compact downtown district and adjacent neighborhoods with ease.

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Unparalleled Services, Resources & Hospitality

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One of the friendliest cities in the nation, San Antonio pairs southern hospitality with Texas charm to create a welcoming atmosphere for your attendees. As soon as you decide to hold an event in San Antonio, our award-winning Destination Experience Managers help you create a truly unique and authentic San Antonio meeting. Working with our team allows you to save time, save money, get connected with local resources, customize your visit, and impress your guests.

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Key Industry Sectors

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One of the fastest-growing economies in the nation, San Antonio has emerged as one of the best environments for business in today’s most promising industry sectors. with San Antonio’s local industry leaders, your meetings can easily feature experts in fields like information technology/cybersecurity, bioscience, new energy, aerospace, military, financial services, and advanced manufacturing.

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Always Something New

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With private development and significant public projects transforming San Antonio, finding interesting venues, attractions and entertainment for groups is easy. San Antonio is an evolving city so there is always something new to see and do and that keeps the destination fresh for repeat groups and visitors.