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Visit San Antonio Announces Tourism Department New Hire and Internal Promotion

Richard Oliver |

Visit San Antonio, the official sales and marketing organization promoting the City as a leisure and meetings destination, recently announced personnel updates in its Tourism Division.

Francisco Gallegos, CTA, moves into the position of International Tourism Development Manager.

In his new position, he will be responsible for the ongoing development of the Europe, Asia and South Pacific markets. Gallegos will be the point person for all existing and new clients from these international markets, and will actively participate and develop sales missions and consumer engagements and promotions internationally.

Gallegos previously worked as the Domestic Tourism Development Manager at Visit San Antonio. In that role, he developed the framework for consumer engagement promotions and also launched the Unforgettable Experiences program. He graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in Marketing/Management.

Dwight Driskill, CTA, joins Visit San Antonio as Domestic U.S. Tourism Development Manager. He will be responsible for the ongoing development of Visit San Antonio’s consumer engagement promotions, vacation packaging and unforgettable experiences. Driskill will also take the lead in developing relationships with new and existing clients in the motor coach tour market and will actively participate in associations such as National Tour Association, American Bus Association and Student Youth Travel Association.

Driskill joins Visit San Antonio with extensive experience in the attraction and hotel industries.  Most recently, as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for REM Hospitality, he was responsible for the sales effort at multiple hotels in various states. Prior to that, he spent more than 16 years with SeaWorld San Antonio as Director of Sales & Marketing. Driskill holds a BBA in Marketing/Management from Northwood University.

“Our goal is for San Antonio to always be a premier choice for the travel trade both domestically and internationally and Francisco and Dwight will only continue the positive momentum for Visit San Antonio. We are proud to both promote proven talent and bring additional depth of experience to our team,” said Casandra Matej, Executive Director, Visit San Antonio. 

In September 2016, City of San Antonio Mayor and Council voted to establish Visit San Antonio as a public/private non-profit, 501(c)(6). The organization officially transitions January 1, 2017. Visit San Antonio is the key driver for the hospitality sector of the City’s economy, which contributes $13.6 billion in annual economic impact, supports more than 130,000 jobs and draws more than 20 million overnight leisure visitors annually. For more information about visiting or meeting in San Antonio, go to www.VisitSanAntonio.com.

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Diverse, internationally connected and globally competitive, San Antonio has a vibrant culture and economy and is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing cities in the United States. America’s seventh-largest city offers opportunities in industries ranging from bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy and transportation manufacturing to healthcare. In 2016, San Antonio was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. We are Military City, USATM, home to crucial military commands supported by a patriotic citizenry. We welcome 34.4 million visitors annually who inject $13.6 billion annually into our economy, and UNESCO designated the city’s Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site in 2015. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, San Antonio is a city with a storied past and an even brighter future. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.

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