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April 2015
Letter from the Chairman


It's April and you know what that means in San Antonio... 

Fiesta is the city's biggest festival, with an economic impact of $284 million for the city. This year Fiesta San Antonio runs from April 16- 26 with events all over the city.


Speaking of Fiesta, the official AAHA Fiesta medal will be available in the next couple of weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement on the  AAHA Facebook page. We will also be selling a special package of medals including this year's medal. Stay tuned for more details. 


Also coming up this month is the Family Fiesta 101 at Viola's Ventanas on April 12th. This inaugural event will have food, fun, music, silent auction and more and it's for the whole family. Your friendly AAHA Board Members will be there too with a surprise for the kids! Tickets are still available. Click here to purchase tickets.  



Karen Bippert, CTA
2015 Chairman
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

What is new on the Plaza? 
Amazing Mirror Maze & Guinness World Records Museum


The Amazing Mirror Maze has had a complete renovation and is all new with 2 more additions coming before the summer. Also new for 2015 is an Infinity Room (a room with mirrored ceiling and floors as well as the walls) and a projection maze. The projection maze will be a separate experience inside the mirror maze where video and colored lights are projected on the structure itself holding the mirrors together. It creates a very cool and unique visual. These 2 additions will double the experience at the attraction.


The newest gallery in the Guinness World Records Museum is the Attempt Arena where guests can compete against each other and the world records themselves in a variety of activities. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: amazingmazes.com


National Tourism Week Date Set!  
May 2-10, 2015

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is right around the corner! May 2-10, 2015 is our week to celebrate everything that the travel and tourism industry contributes to San Antonio. 


Mark your calendar and make plans to join the San Antonio tourism community for the official declaration of National Travel and Tourism Week at the City Council Proclamation, Wednesday, May 6 from 5-6 PM in the City Council Chambers. A reception will immediately follow, so please stick around. Send your RSVP to Shanna Smith at the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

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Thanks to Veterans

The AAHA Community Outreach Committee is collecting and signing "Thank You" cards for our Veterans at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) for Memorial Day

Here's a list of what is needed:

  • Thank You cards
  • Stamps 
If you would like to donate or make a cash contribution, please contact Rudy Saenz or drop off your donation at the April AAHA luncheon at SeaWorld. You may also drop off at the Ace Mart Ingram location at 6450 NW Loop 410.  #aahagivesback
Forty Years of Bar-B-Q 
The County Line BBQ 

Congratulations to the County Line for celebrating Forty Years of BBQ! 


The County Line River Walk is in the South Bank Complex next door to the Hard Rock Cafe. It's a great place to enjoy a plate of legendary Texas BBQ and an ice cold beer or margarita. 


The County Line River Walk features an awesome river side patio and open-air bar. Inside, the funky Texas roadhouse atmosphere will make you feel like you've wandered out into the Texas Hill Country. The County Line River Walk also offers a awesome private party space overlooking the river as well as private party barges.


For more information, or to book your next party, contact Kimberly Straughan


County Line BBQ on the Riverwalk

111 W. Crockett St. #104

San Antonio, TX 78205


SACVB University
Get Schooled at the CVB

Sign-up today for the all-new SACVB University. This fun, fast-paced session provides partners with an opportunity to become familiar with the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau partnership tools, resources, departments and much more.

SACVB University is a great way to become part of the bureau family and is FREE!

Thursday, April 9th
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
SACVB Offices
203 S. St. Mary's Street #300
San Antonio, TX 78205
*La Orilla Del Rio Room*

Let's Run for Fun
3rd Annual AAHA 5K Run/Walk

On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Alamo Area Hospitality Association will host the 3rd Annual AAHA 5K Run/Walk! Bring the whole family and come out to the Blue Star Arts Complex as we walk and run on the Riverwalk Mission Reach Trail.


Join AAHA in our efforts to support the hospitality industry and the surrounding San Antonio community!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Blue Star Arts Complex

116 Blue Star

San Antonio, TX 78204


Race starts at 8:00 AM 

Registration begins at 7:00 AM

Registration Fees:

  • $20 for Adults (18+)
  • $15 Teenagers (13-17)
  • $10 for Kids 12 & Under
  • $20 to Race from your Pillow

Register for the AAHA 5K Here!



Sponsor Some 5K Fun
Now Accepting Business Sponsorships!

The AAHA 5K Run/Walk is the major fundraiser of the year for AAHA. The funds raised from the race including the registration fees and sponsorship donations allow us to give back to the community. In 2013 and 2014, AAHA gave the following donations to these worthy organizations:


$2500- St. Philips College Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund

$1000- San Antonio AIDS Foundation

$1000- Wings of Texas

$1000- Solider's Angels

$1000- Meals on Wheels Senior Program

$1000-Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation

$1000- San Antonio Food Bank

$1000- San Antonio Youth Literacy


Would you like to sponsor some FUN at this year's 5K? Below are the sponsorship levels. For more information including benefits to sponsorship and how to sign up, click on the sponsorship link below. If you would like to be the title sponsor for the 3rd Annual AAHA 5K Run/Walk, please contact the Race Committee Chairperson, David Uminski (210) 486-2310.


Sponsorship Levels:

  • Gold Level Sponsor $250
  • Silver Level Sponsor $100
  • Bronze Level Sponsor $50


Sponsor the AAHA 5K Run/Walk HERE!


Splash! It's going to get hot soon!

New for 2015 is Splash Island, a multi-level splash and slide complex at Splashtown San Antonio! The huge expansion of the Kids Kove area now includes a 3 story multiple tower slide complex with 50-foot dancing waters, multiple tipping buckets, spraying leaves a 500 gallon tidal wave and 6 new slides for all sizes!


Splashtown has also added a 20,000 gallon kiddie pool with 4 new slides, tipping bucket, themed floating pads and gradual beach for lounging with the little ones. Splashtown has also added several new private cabanas surrounding Splash Island! This is sure to excite kids of all ages as well as keep you cool and wet during our HOT Summers! Splashtown features FREE parking and opens to the public May 2!

It's all about the Bass! 
Tobin Center  

Look what is happening at the Tobin Center -  Tickets on sale now! www.tobincenter.org



The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is working towards creating a vibrant and excited group of volunteers to serve their patrons and become part of the Tobin family. Volunteers will take tickets, direct patrons, assist persons with disabilities, give tours, and serve as ambassadors for The Center. Events held in the HEB Performance Hall, the Alvarez Family Studio Theater, and the River Walk Plaza will offer patrons completely new experiences in San Antonio. The Volunteer Program will strive to create enriching experiences. For more information on volunteering at The Tobin, please contact Sarah Fieger, House & Volunteer Services Manager. 


Sarah Fieger

House and Volunteer Services Manager
115 Auditorium Circle

San Antonio, TX 78205


$12 Million Dollar Transformation
Hilton San Antonio Airport  

The Hilton San Antonio Airport has completed its $12 million renovation of interior and exterior of the property, as well as the addition of the new Asado Seafood & Grill.

The renovations for the 384-room hotel, including approximately 17,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space, began in May 2014 and were completed January 31, 2015. 

For more information or to book your next room night, contact Debbie Arnold, Hilton San Antonio Airport Sales Manager. 
Four Years- How About Five More!?
Texican Gifts   


Texican Gifts is celebrating four years in business. Congratulations to AAHA Board Member Stephanie Farias for this fantastic accomplishment!

Texican Gifts provides beautiful gifts baskets tailor-made for any and all occasions. Texican Gift baskets are gorgeous, one-of-a-kind creations that make great client gifts, birthday presents, holiday treats and more. 
For more information or to inquire about your next Texican Gift, contact Stephanie Farias210-381-0096. 
Save The Date!
Student Showcase & Member Mixer

The San Antonio Tourism Council invites members and hospitality industry professionals to the St. Philip's College Student Showcase and Member Mixer.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Historic Sunset Station Depot 4

5:00 - 7:30 PM


Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) and area high school Hospitality and Culinary Arts students. 


RSVP to Linda Winchester at the San Antonio Tourism Council at 210-886-9991. 

Rocking for 2o Years!
Hard Rock Café 

Congratulations to the Hard Rock Café for celebrating 20 Years!   


Situated along the city's famous Riverwalk area, Hard Rock San Antoino features three floors of patios where you can be on the lookout for the slow moving tourist boats below. Inside you'll find gourmet meals in hefty servings, so huge you can cut 'em with a Bowie knife, and their collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia is big enough to fill a Spanish mission. So stop battling those hunger pangs and march on down to the Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio.


To book your next party or event, contact Tammy Peacock-Werline, (210) 224-7625.


Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio Riverwalk

111 W. Crockett St.

San Antonio, TX 78205


Summer time means Weddings! 
Wedding Guide & Bridal Extravaganza

What's going on in the wedding world? Wedding spending is on the rise, nationally it now tops $31,000. In the San Antonio market, projections are between $28,000 and $31,000 (depending on the source) for 2015. But while couples may be spending more money, they are spending it differently. Personalization, from signature cocktails to gobos, has been part of the wedding planning for the last few years. 

Beyond that, however, couples are looking for unique and off-beat and it is all about the experience, not just the party. Themes are no longer just to help determine colors, they are becoming the basis for the entire "experience" the guest can expect to have. Projected "hot" themes nationally for 2015: Western (yah, for once we were on the leading edge) and Boho Chic will continue as popular choices.

Interactive food stations, smaller bites or tapas and food more closely tied to the theme (cultural or regional world cuisine) are all being seen more and more. Entertainment, even beyond the current photo booths, will also continue to grow such as artists who create paintings of the reception while it is happening, and performing groups such as aerialists and dancers.


To check out some of the wedding trends for 2015, don't miss the 2015 Bridal Extravaganza on May 17 at the Henry B. Gonazalez Convention Center. For more information or to buy your tickets, visit the Wedding Guide & Bridal Extravaganza website


California Kenway
Senior Account Executive
Wedding Guide & Bridal Extravaganza


Happy 5th Birthday!
Morgan's Wonderland

Morgan's Wonderland, will celebrate its 5th birthday with a festive party at 6 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the park's Rapier Trust Starlight Amphitheater. 

In observance of this, park admission will be $5 per person (children and adults) all day April 10.  Individuals with special needs are always admitted free of charge.

Morgan Hartman will be on hand to help cut the 5th birthday cake.  Morgan's Wonderland guests attending the party will get to enjoy complimentary cake, and the first 500 admitted to the birthday festivities will each receive a commemorative t-shirt.


For more information about the event, please visit Morgan's Wonderland website or call (210) 495-5888. 

Saltgrass Steak House

Congratulations Kelly Palubiak with Saltgrass Steakhouse! 

Kelly started with Saltgrass less than 2 years ago as the first Sales and Marketing Manager for the Saltgrass restaurant concept. Through proven success and development of the Sales Department she was recently promoted to Associate Director of Sales responsible for overseeing private events, catering and the hotel referral program for 53 properties across 5 states.


For more information about the Saltgrass catering, please contact Kelly Palubiak by email  kpalubiak@ldry.com or call (210) 827-8636.  

Hot Jobs!
Job Opportunities Await

Here are job opportunities available in San Antonio:



  • Dave & Buster's is looking for a full time Special Events Consultant for our Crossroads location. Our Special Events Sales Consultants are responsible for selling ... well, fun! Our ideal team member will serve as the 'face' of Dave & Buster's and work with our guests to design the perfect combination of food, drinks, games & teambuilding for corporate and social events. To hit the ground running you'll need networking skills, strong relationships in the community, great multi-tasking abilities, and the drive to succeed! Applications can be done online at: http://www.daveandbusters.com/careers/ and any questions about the position can be answered by our Management team at 210-515-1515.





  • Adventures in San Antonio DMC Sales / Meeting & Event Coordinator. Adventures in San Antonio DMC creates, coordinates and manages exciting, creative, entertaining, educational and, most of all, AMAZING, meetings and events in San Antonio, TX and across the globe. Purpose of Job: Develop new and build upon current relationships with meeting/event vendors, create sales opportunities and provide general support services for our client's meetings, events, projects and programs. For additional information, please contact: DuWayne Greene - duwayne@adventuresinsa.comhttp://adventuresinsa.com/ 


For more information click on the job links. If you have a hot job and want to post it in the newsletter, please email Patti Martin the details. 
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Let's hear from you!

The AAHA newsletter is a great resource for reaching the AAHA membership.  If you have a special event coming up, a new menu, or any exciting news to share. Send your newsworthy articles to Patti Martin, patti@sarodeo.com


To be featured in the newsletter, content must be received by the third week of the month to be included the following month's issue. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Martin for more information, 210-225-5851 ext. 601.

Let's Get Social! 
We'd "LIKE" to Know More  



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Muchas Gracias!
Fishbowl Donors from the March Luncheon

Thanks to all the GRACIOUS partners that donated items for the Fishbowl drawing at the March Luncheon at Hilton Hill Country. We couldn't do it without you. Thanks!! 


March Luncheon Pics
Here's some pics from the March luncheon pics at Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel and Spa. Be in the know "Like us on Facebook"!

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April 2015 Luncheon
SeaWorld - Aquatica


Join AAHA and SAHLA at SeaWorld San Antonio for the Annual Park Preview. We will enjoy lunch at Aquatica and get a sneak peek of the new Sea Lion Walrus & Otter Show debuting in Summer 2015!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM


SeaWorld San Antonio

10500 SeaWorld Dr.

San Antonio, T X 78251


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