San Antonio Hospitality Industry Marks National Travel & Tourism Week, May 3-11, 2014

Krystal Jones |

The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau and local hospitality partners celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, May 3-11, 2014, with events, discount offers and a local campaign aimed at encouraging citizens to spend their earned days off enjoying and exploring San Antonio.

National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) champions the power of travel and is celebrated in numerous cities across the country. It is also a chance to learn more about how the travel and tourism industry contributes to San Antonio’s economy, business development, employment and overall quality of life.

San Antonio hosts some 30 million visitors a year, which in turn creates an annual influx of $12 billion into the local economy. It is called the Travel Effect and it is responsible for creating jobs, stimulating business development, funding city projects and enriching the culture and vibrancy of San Antonio. In fact, one out of eight people in our city are employed by the hospitality sector.

As part of a local campaign set to run the month of May, the SACVB is messaging for individuals to recharge, refresh and renew by using their paid time off. Using earned leave is good for individuals and the economy. According to the U.S. Travel Association’s report, The Day Off Dividend, encouraging U.S. workers to take more of their earned leave would lead to higher productivity, stronger workplace morale and greater employee retention, while promoting significant health benefits for employees.

During NTTW, local hospitality partners organize several events to show their appreciation for the people that make San Antonio a world-class destination - hospitality workers and public servants. Their hard work plays an integral role in ensuring visitors have a positive experience in our city. Please join us in celebrating travel and tourism and the positive effect it has on San Antonio and the rest of the nation.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 26 – Saturday, May 3

Tour the Missions
Come join the community at this free special event as San Antonio Celebrates World Heritage Week and kicks off NTTW. The San Antonio Missions are being considered for a World Heritage designation by the United Nations. Gaining World Heritage status would propel the Missions of San Antonio to the same level of world acknowledgement as the Pyramids of Egypt, Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the United States' Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Redwood National Parks. Everyone is welcome to participate. Plan now to bring your family to tour the Missions.

Mission San Jose: 10 am, 11 am , 12 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
Mission Concepcion: 10:30 am, 2:30 pm
Mission San Juan: April 29 only - 10 am
Mission Espada: April 30 only - 10 am
Rancho de las Cabras: May 3 only - 10 am - Meet at Floresville City Park

Wednesday, April 30

City Council Proclamation
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Municipal Plaza, City Council Chambers

Join us for the official declaration of May 3-11, 2014 as National Travel and Tourism Week in San Antonio. Be sure to wear your company shirt or uniform to distinguish yourself as a member of the hospitality industry. Reception to immediately follow to thank San Antonio’s hospitality employees – details to come!

Contact: Shanna Smith, 210-207-6737

Thursday, May 1

Student Hospitality & Culinary Showcase Sponsored by the San Antonio Tourism Council
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunset Station Depot #4

As a part of the National Travel and Tourism Week celebration, the San Antonio Tourism Council hosts a Student Hospitality Event that showcases the local area high school culinary and hospitality arts programs. This year’s event includes an Appetizer Competition featuring the talents of our area high school culinary arts students. Competitors will provide one display plate for viewing and bite-size samples for guests.

Contact: Linda Winchester, 210-886-9991

Sunday, May 4

Texas Historical Commission Historic Sites Free Day
Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All 20 THC state historic sites will be offering free admission. For a list of sites, visit

Monday, May 5

Salute to Law Enforcement
Sponsored by Rivercenter Mall
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Program at 9:30 a.m.
Rivercenter Mall Lagoon

Rivercenter Mall hosts their “Salute to Law Enforcement” breakfast as a token of appreciation for the San Antonio Police Department and the work they do to keep San Antonio’s visitors and locals safe. Local SAPD officers are invited to pick up breakfast and coffee as a thank you.

Contact: Priscilla Gonzaba, 210-225-0689

Tuesday, May 6

Salute to San Antonio Firefighters and Paramedics
Sponsored by Louis Tussaud's Wax Works, Ripley's Moving Theater 4D & Ripley's Believe It or Not!
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Program at 11:30 a.m.
301 Alamo Plaza

Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works & Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Host the 13th annual “Salute San Antonio Firefighters and Paramedics” as part of National Travel and Tourism Week celebrations. Local SAFD firefighters and paramedics are invited to pick up lunch for their crews as a thank you for keeping visitors and locals safe.

Contact: Janie Droemer, 210-224-9299

Tuesday, May 6

Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Networking Event
Sponsored by the Institute of Texan Cultures
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This event is exclusively for Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs). CTAs are invited to tour and learn about what’s new at the Institute of Texan Cultures, as well as enjoy refreshments. This year, during National Travel and Tourism Week at the CTA Networking Event, San Antonio’s CTA of the Year will be awarded and recognized!

Contact: Kimberly Hunziker, 210-207-8029

Wednesday, May 7

Taxi Driver Appreciation Day
Sponsored by Ruth’s Chris Steak House
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House hosts its annual salute to taxi drivers with a hot lunch and cold drinks. New this year! The Taxi Driver Appreciation Day will be held in the San Antonio International Airport’s Taxi Holding Lot, 1115 Northern Boulevard.

Contact: Kathy Glascock, 210-227-8847

Friday, May 9

Amazing Preservation Race
Sponsored by City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This event has it all! Architectural scavenger hunt, physical challenges, a fun after party, and prizes! Teams of four can register at Use the keyword "Amazing Preservation Race." Cost is $100 per team. Teams must check in at La Villita by 5:00pm. Race starts at 5:30pm at Maverick Plaza in La Villita. Racers will have two hours to complete the course through historic downtown San Antonio! Each team is given a passport with clues to 6 locations. They must use their brains (and a smartphone if they need to) to find each stop. At each location teams must complete an activity to get their next clue. Along the way teams must also complete a certain number of "urban challenges." At 7:30 they must return to La Villita. There will be an after party until 8:30 at Bolivar Hall with food, drinks, and prize giveaways!

Contact: Nicholas Fuqua, 210-207-0066

Friday, May 9

Salute to Centro Amigos
Sponsored by The Palm Restaurant
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
233 E. Houston Street

The Palm Restaurant hosts Centro Amigos for lunch in appreciation for their work making downtown a tourist-friendly destination. Invitation only.

Contact: Robert Sanchez, 210-226-1698.

Friday, May 9

Rio San Antonio Cruise Driver Appreciation Day
Sponsored by Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Old Marina, underneath the International Building, 203 S. St. Mary’s Street

New this year! Ruth’s Chris Steak House thanks the Rio San Antonio Cruise Drivers for their work in making the San Antonio Riverwalk an iconic, tourist-friendly destination. Snacks and cold drinks available to all Rio Cruise drivers. Invitation only.

Contact: Kathy Glascock, 210-227-8847

The Partner section of the SACVB website has a complete list of events and discount offers for National Tourism Week.

About NTTW

National Tourism Week is a collective effort across the U.S. to celebrate the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. In San Antonio, travel and tourism has an estimated economic impact of $12 billion annually. It employs roughly 1out of 8 San Antonians and brings 30 million people a year to San Antonio. For a complete schedule of events, visit the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website:

About the SACVB

The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, a department of the City of San Antonio, is funded through the hotel/motel occupancy tax. The bureau is a marketing, sales and service organization dedicated to the promotion of San Antonio as a meetings and visitor destination for the purpose of positively affecting the city's economy.