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It's our favorite time of the year in San Antonio, Fiesta Time! 

We hope that each of our members received their AAHA Fiesta Medals at the March luncheon at SeaWorld. If you didn't, we will be mailing those medals to your work addresses this week. Make sure that you wear your AAHA Fiesta medals proudly at all the Fiesta events you attend. 
Additional Fiesta medals may be purchased for $5. All proceeds go to the Alamo Area Hospitality Association and support community events and funding of scholarships for local tourism students. Contact Erin Vauter to purchase additional medals. 
April Luncheon Photos
Thanks so much to SeaWorld for hosting a fabulous luncheon at the park. We had a great time and appreciate all the hard work that went into making this event a success. We can't wait until next year!
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National Travel & Tourism Week

 National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us, May 4-12, 2013. We hope that everyone will be out representing and celebrating this great industry in which we all work. For a list of all the upcoming events, discounts and deals for tourism partners, visit:


Congratulations, CTA Grads!

A HUGE congratulations goes out to the AAHA members and friends of AAHA who passed their Certified Tourism Ambassador exams following the AAHA luncheon in March. 
If you did not receive your CTA lapel pin or certificate of completion, please contact Jo Cox
If you would like to become a CTA or sign up  your company, please visit the Certified Tourism Ambassador website for more information.
Way to go- You guys ROCK!!!!

Brian Carter Kim Charles Jenny Chavez
Jo Cox Janie Droemer Rudolph Escamilla
Melanie Forde DuWayne Greene Rubie Hernandez
Gary Jones Anne Ledet, CMP Tommy Lopez
Shannon Lowry Patti Martin Andrea Martinez
Jean Marie Peak Priscilla Pesina Christen Ramirez
Laurie Rush Kristin Simpson Barbara Stegall
Tina Stolhandske Dayne Sullivan Joseph Trevino
Stephanie Vanderburg    
National Tourism Week Proclamation


Help kick off National Travel & Tourism Week with the official City Council Proclamation and hospitality reception! 


Be sure to WEAR RED to show your support for the hospitality industry and its impact on San Antonio.   


City Council Proclamation - May 1, 2013 

City Council Chambers, Municipal Plaza 

103 Main Plaza

5:15 PM


Hospitality Industry Reception - May 1, 2013 

Mi Tierra's Mariachi Bar 

218 Produce Row 

6 - 7:30 PM


Beverages and heavy appetizers will be served


San Antonio CVB website Launch



Join the San Antonio CVB team on May 7 as they launch the all new visitsanantonio.com as part of National Travel & Tourism Week. This new site utilizes cutting-edge technology to customize the experience for each individual user. It's a first for destination marketing organizations and will continue to keep San Antonio top of mind as a travel destination.


We'd like to share how this website will help you and your customers during a special preview session. Feel free to bring your own tablet or laptop for a more personalized experience.


When:        May 7, 2013


Where:       Geekdom at the Weston Centre

                  112 East Pecan, 11th Floor


Time:          9 AM or 10:30 AM


Complimentary parking is available at Crowne Plaza. Let them know you are attending CVB event.

Salute to Firefighters & Paramadics


Ripley's Believe It or Not will host the 12th Annual Salute to San Antonio Firefighters & Paramedics event on Tuesday, May 7th from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  


 ALL SAFD Firefighters and Paramedics can register to win a "San Antonio STAYCATION" vacation package provided by the hospitality community in San Antonio. If you would like to include tickets from your attraction, hotel or restaurant in the Staycation package, please contact Janie Droemer at Ripley's Entertainment, 210-229-9299 or Karen Bippert from The Buckhorn Museum at 210-551-9000.



WHEN:   Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM           


WHAT:   Press Conference and Appreciation Plaque presented to Fire Chief Hood at 11:00 AM. All SAFD Firefighters and Paramedics will receive a FREE Box Lunch (Catered by Fresh Horizons) AND an amazing Goodie Bag!!- During the hours of 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM



              301 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205



**AAHA Board Members and membership base will be coordinating stuffing the goodie bags. If you have anything that you would like to put in the bag such as discount coupons, t-shirts, brochures or other giveaways, please contact Karen Bippert immediately by email or phone (210) 551-9000.




America's Armed Forces River Parade


San Antonio is known as Military City, USA, so the Paseo del Rio Association will be honoring the Men and Women in the Armed Services, as well as those who have served in conflicts throughout recent history. 


On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 25 professionally decorated floats will travel down the River Walk, themed according to their participants- all branches of service, veterans of recent conflicts, military support groups, etc. The floats will feature live entertainment from military groups, as well as local artists who wish to dedicate their talents to honor the troops.


The parade is FREE to view from the patios and balconies of River Walk Restuarants, or from the banks of the San Antonio River Walk. However, you can avoid the crowds and guarantee yourself an unobstructed view of the parade, by purchasing a ticket for a RESERVED seat. Reserved seats are quality plastic folding chairs in the Arneson River Theatre ($20).


Tickets are NOW Available for Purchase. Call 210-227-4262 or click here for tickets. 

Culinaria: Wine & Culinary Arts Festival


Culinaria is a world class experience. One that truly reflects the confluence of culture only found in San Antonio. We proudly display chefs from this great city and bring in distinguished chefs from around the globe. 

Culinaria is in its fourteenth year, and getting better with age
Come enjoy the 14th annual Culinaria Wine and Culinary Arts Festival from May 16-19, 2013.

To find out more about the various Culinaria events, click here. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling our ticket number 210-822-9555. 

Ruth's Chris Steak House Moves



The Ruth's Chris Steak House downtown has plans to move from its Sunset Station location at 1170 E. Commerce St. to the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Commerce St., where Achiote River Cafe is currently open.
Achiote's last service is scheduled for May 31, according to a hotel representative. The restaurant is scheduled to open at the Grand Hyatt in late September. The restaurant at Sunset Station will remain open through the summer. A second San Antonio location of Ruth's Chris Steak House will remain open at Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger.
Master Italian at Maggiano's



Maggiano's has the perfect class for you!!

Join us for a cooking demo and handcrafted cocktails demonstration! Executive Chef Paolo will be here to teach you the all your favorites and some new items that have never been seen before! We will also ask our bartender to join us and show you how to make some of our new handcrafted cocktails. Don't worry there will be samples!!  


The pricing will be $65.00 per person or $120.00 per couple. Please email or call Stephanie Vanderburg and Autumn in the Banquet Office to reserve your spot! (210) 451-6010


Classes will be on April 26, 2013, at 6:00 pm! 

May 2013 AAHA/SAHLA Luncheon
Please join us on May 22, 2013 for the joint luncheon with AAHA and SAHLA at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The invitation will be sent out in the next few weeks. Please let Ashley Williams know if are not receiving the invitations. 
AAHA's First Ever 5K

We are excited to annouce AAHA's FIRST EVER  5K Run to be held at Sea World San Antonio on Saturday, September 14, 2013.  Come and experience the park in a new and exciting way as you walk, jog or run 5K (3.1 miles) through beautiful, SeaWorld  San Antonio.


After the race you can enjoy all the entertainment and exciting rides SeaWorld has to offer with a discounted 1-day pass available to all participants and those coming to cheer them on.


Check in will be at 7:00 AM with the 5K beginning at 8:00 AM.

For only $25, your race registration includes the FIRST EVER AAHA 5K T-shirt, a swag bag with exciting items from local hospitality partners and light refreshments following the race.


Our friends at SeaWorld San Antonio are offering a great deal to anyone participating, as well as their friends and family coming to cheer them on! For $35.00 each, you get a 1-day pass to SeaWorld and either a hamburger or hot dog lunch.


We are looking forward to a fun and exciting morning walking, jogging or running through the park in the FIRST EVER AAHA 5K!!


For questions please contact David Uminski, AAHA 2013 Vice Chair, at

210-260-2082 or by email


Below is a list of the upcoming luncheons for 2013. Please add them to your calendar. 










May 22, 2013              At Six Flags in conjunction with SAHLA

June 20, 2013              Grand Hyatt

July 18, 2013               Boudro's at Firewheel

August 15, 2013           Paesano's (at Rio Rio banquet room)

September 19, 2013      Hard Rock Café

October 17, 2013          Barriba Cantina

November 21, 2013       Witte Museum

December 19, 2013       Fleming's Steakhouse

  • April Luncheon Recap
  • National Travel & Tourism Week
  • CTA Grads
  • NTTW Proclamation
  • SACVB Website Launch
  • Salute to Firefighters & Paramedics Event
  • Armed Forces River Parade
  • Culinaria
  • Ruth's Chris Moves
  • Maggiano's Events
  • May Luncheon at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • AAHA's First Ever 5K

Let's Get to Know...

Name: Shelly Koch


Title: Catering Director


Company: Paesano's Restaurant Group


Phone: 210-771-8658


Email: skoch@joesfood.com


How long have you been in your position: Almost three years


What is your favorite San Antonio restaurant?  That's a tough one! There are so many to choose from...but of course, Paesano's!


Favorite tourist attraction: Six Flags Fiesta Texas


Favorite adult beverage? Mojitos


Favorite SA bar?  The Brooklynite


What do you like to do in your free time? Play tennis and ride bikes with my daughter


What is the most helpful about your association with AAHA? The networking and the support I receive from my fellow members is fantastic!


What can AAHA improve upon? Oh--you guys are doing great!


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