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August 4, 2015
Letter from the Chairman


It's the time of year that kids are dreading and parents are excited about...back to school! As August rolls around, make sure that you and your family make time for one last summertime experience. Whether it's a quick trip to Port Aransas and the beach or a vacation in your own backyard, make it memorable. Here are a few ideas for your last summertime hurrah...


  • SeaWorld San Antonio and the Aquatica waterpark is open daily through August 23 with great rides, animals shows and splish-splashing fun!
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas is open daily through August 23. The newest roller coaster Batman The Ride is a 4D experience not to be missed. The waterpark is open daily from 12-7pm.
  • Natural Bridge Caverns is sure to keep you cool this summer. At a cool 70 degrees, the caverns are open daily for tours. You can also explore the Canopy Challenge, Maze, gem & fossil mining and many other great features on site. 
  • Splashtown is the place to be this summer. New for 2015 is Splash Island, the newest and coolest water feature for the whole family. With dive in movies every Friday night in the summer, Splashtown is the coolest place in town!
  • Tobin Center for Performing Arts is the best place for summertime culture. With great shows like Fifth Harmony, the SA Film Festival and FREE summer movies presented on the big screen, the Tobin has your summer evenings covered!
  • Belly up to the bar and explore the oldest Saloon in Texas! The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum features two fantastic museums for one price. Grab a root beer at the bar and experience 40,000 square feet of fun for the family!
  • Dave & Busters has fun for the whole family with great food, games and more. Not to mention D&B just completed a major renovation. Go see it soon!
  • Top Golf isn't just for adults, it's good for all ages. Top Golf also offers half-price play Monday-Thursday when using their Top Golf Junior Membership playing cards. What a deal! 
  • Trader's Village has more than just shopping! There's food, games and rides...lots of rides. Kids can get an unlimited ride wristband for only $9.75! Don't miss the "Back to School" concert on August 16. Open Saturday & Sunday. 
  • Ripley's Believe it Or Not, Louis Tussad's Waxworks and Ripley's Moving 4D Theatre are a San Antonio favorite. Get your tickets online for all three attractions and save BIG! 
  • Prepare to be #OFFICIALLYAMAZED at Guinness Book of World Records Museum, Ripley's Haunted Adventure and Tomb Rider 3D. These Alamo Plaza attractions are officially awesome and where you can earn an official Guinness World Record title!
  • Visit the San Antonio CVB's "Kidcation Week" website for all of the fun deals and steals in San Antonio. 


Karen Bippert, CTA, CTE
2015 Chairman
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

Cookout for Kids!
AAHA Gives back to SA Children's Shelter

Join the AAHA Community Outreach team as we throw a fun cookout benefiting the San Antonio Children's Shelter

Director of Community Outreach, Rudy Saenz along with committee members Tara Valdez and Cyndi Erp-Long have been working hard on setting up this event, but we still need your help and support. We need volunteers, charcoal, tortillas, and drinks. We are also collecting school supplies for the Children's Shelter. Bring your items to the BBQ or drop them off to Rudy prior. For more information, please contact Rudy or Tara.  
(Click on their names above to email)

Saturday, August 8, 2015
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
San Antonio Children's Shelter
2939 West Woodlawn
San Antonio, TX 78228

San Antonio Celebrates World Heritage!
The San Antonio Missions 


SA Celebrates World Heritage Success!


A large crowd gathered in front of the Alamo to celebrate the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Designation a few days after the official announcement was made in Bonn, Germany. Bexar County Judge and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor led the group in recounting highlights from the trip to Germany made by the local, state and national officials delegation. Father David Garcia from the San Antonio Archdiocese reminded the audience that the Missions were gifts to the community that all have a special responsibility to protect and preserve for future generations and visitors from all over the world.


The city's missions officially joined the global ranks of Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and the Gizeh Pyramid of Egypt. The prestigious designation comes as Texas first and the United State's 23 designation. The World Heritage designation is expected to be a catalyst for change with increased visitation and tourism spending. Congratulations to the historic San Antonio Missions! 

For more information on the designation and the San Antonio Missions, click here.


Picnic in the Park!   
Six Flags Fiesta Texas  
To Purchase tickets, visit: sixflags.com/fiestatexas

Enter Promo code: PIP66
Chocolate Anyone? 
Saltgrass Steak House

Saltgrass Steak House Riverwalk has a brand new dessert on the menu! It is fresh, creamy and chocolatey! This chocolate masterpiece is a homemade triple-layer chocolate cake with shaved chocolate pieces atop a smooth vanilla crème anglaise...and it is to die for! Come get yourself a piece, today!


Contact Kelly Palubiak to book your next party on the Riverwalk!

Hilton has Deals!
Hilton Airport Offers

Not only has the Hilton San Antonio Airport location gone under a major renovation, but they've got great deals! Here's just a few:

  • Go Apple picking! Book an event by September 30, 2015 and receive one of several Apple products (see PDF below for more info)
  • Get 20% off your bill at Asado Seafood and Grill through September 30
  • Don't miss Happy Hour at the Asado Lounge! 20% off total bill at Asado Lounge Thursday-Saturday through September 30. 

Want more info on Hilton Airport Offers? Click here!  

Let's Rodeo San Antonio? 
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo 
Season Tickets are On Sale Now!



It's not too early to start thinking about the 2016 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo!


Hurry and grab your season tickets today by giving our office a call at 210-225-5851 or email


Contact patti@sarodeo.com to purchase 2016 season tickets! 

Great Summer Offers still available! 
2015 Day At The Park

The San Antonio Area Tourism Council is offering members and their families an opportunity to purchase discounted attraction tickets for San Antonio attractions. 


Tickets are good for any one day

Parking fees are not included at all venues. Children 2 & Under are FREE


Tickets will be mailed or can be picked up at the San Antonio Area Tourism Council office, 110 Broadway, Suite 360, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.   


Contact:  Linda Winchester at the San Antonio Tourism Council at:


Get in the GUESTBOOK.... 
AJR Media Group


Every October, WHERE San Antonio prints a breath-taking hotel publication known as the GUESTBOOK. Distributed in more than 11,000 hotel rooms at 40 properties across the city, this hardbound coffee-table book includes a spectacular photo essay and featured editorial articles showcasing the very best of what San Antonio has to offer. Click hereto see the digital version of the 2014-2015 edition.


The 2015-2016 Guestbook will have a photo essay on Spanish Revival architecture and editorial articles on San Antonio: Military City USA and the highly anticipated Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair Park.


Put your business in front of millions, yes millions-2.64 million to be exact, of San Antonio visitors looking to experience all the things we enjoy in our very own backyard.


For more information contact: Nicole Juel Sanchez with AJR Media Group at 210.460.9940




My How Time Flies!   
Access Destination Services 


Congratulations to ACCESS Destination Services as they just celebrated their one year anniversary in San Antonio on July 1st! 


The ACCESS DMC team also has a new home! They have moved to a new office located at 8829 Tradeway Street. Stop by and see them! 


For more information on ACCESS Destination Services, contact Tammy McCormick or Julie Trevino

Golf anyone?    
TPC San Antonio Championship 


The San Antonio Championship, presented by AT&T (an official PGA Champions Tour event), is the week of October 12-18, 2015 at TPC San Antonio, the AT&T Canyons Course.  

Defending Champion Michael Allen will be back to compete against Champions Tour greats such as Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Fred Funk and Mark O'Meara.  For additional information please go to www.sachampionship.com

Welcome New Members! 


Amber Skilton

San Antonio Wedding Guide and Bridal Extravaganza


Tammy McCormick



Erica Garcia

Creative Collaborations


Patti Rutherford

TPC San Antonio

Leroy Reynolds

Choicolate - Artisan Chocolates


Come Run for Fun!
3rd Annual AAHA 5K

On Saturday, October 17, 2015, AAHA will host the 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk! Bring the whole family and come out to Concepcion Park as we walk and run on the Riverwalk Mission Reach Trail.


Registration starts at 7 a.m. 

Race starts at 8 a.m. 


Register today!

Become a Sponsor!


Welcome our newest! 
Dick's Last Resort  

Ryan Wood at Dick's Last Resort has a new addition to his team Marketing!  Welcome 
Lizza Martinez the newest member of the Dick's Last Resort Marketing team. 


Need a cool place to have a Holiday or Group event? Contact Ryan Wood or Lizza Martinez at Dick's Last Resort - San Antonio. P: 210-224-0026

Look who is at the Wyndham! 
Wyndham Garden Riverwalk   

Wyndham Garden Riverwalk has some great news to share!


Ashley Cerney is the new Director of Operations and Shelly Koch Cantu, CTA is the new Sales and Catering Manager. Both ladies are thrilled to be a part of the Wyndham family!

Now is a great time to plan the upcoming holiday party! 

Contact: Shelly Koch Cantu, CTA

Wyndham Garden Riverwalk

Email:  shelly@wyndhamsahotel.com


Same People New Name! 
Sturchio Events & Entertainment       
ANNOUNCING...Sturchio Entertainment has changed their name to 
Sturchio Events & Entertainment. 


They are excited to announce that they have merged their two great institutions, Sturchio Entertainment, Inc. and Theme Travelers, Inc. and will now be known as Sturchio Events & Entertainment. 


Same professional staff, same excellent service!

Keeping their Sturchio name to honor their patriarch, Al Sturchio who contributed to the growth of hospitality industry in our great city for over 50 years!  


They want to thank you for allowing them to continue to offer you the same great service for your entertainment, event decor, and production needs.


For more information, contact Tina Sturchio, CEO & Staff at Sturchio Events & Entertainment. Phone: (210) 479-0303 Email:  showbiz@sturchioentertainment.com




SA Goes Orange for Hunger
SA Food Bank & Whatburger join forces


The San Antonio Food Bank has partnered with Whataburger to encourage everyone in Southwest Texas to "Go Orange" and take action to fight hunger during Hunger Action Month in September.


SA Goes Orange is the San Antonio Food Bank local campaign to raise awareness and engage local businesses, government and the community to raise awareness and take action to fight hunger.


As the major supplier of food for the hungry in Southwest Texas, the San Antonio Food Bank helps provide food for about 58,000 individuals each week through a network of more than 530 partner agencies within a 16-county service area. Every dollar donated, every SA Goes Orange for Hunger campaign button worn, and every means of public outreach helps our bottom line: to fight hunger and feed hope in Southwest Texas. 


Why Should You Join The SA Goes Orange for Hunger campaign offers your company a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families and individuals in need in our community, while increasing your own brand awareness and product exposure. The goodwill generated by cause-related marketing and Food & Fund Drives translates into a significant return on investment in the San Antonio market. Your employees and your customers will also take pride in knowing that each dollar collected during this campaign allows the Food Bank to distribute up to seven meals. 


Go ORANGE in September!


Hot Jobs!
Job Opportunities Await

Here are job opportunities available in San Antonio:





The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is in need of seasonal staff to

assist in the operation of the Ticket Office during the 2015 BBQ Cook Off.  

If this is the right fit for you, please contact Melissa Cunningham by

email at melissa@sarodeo.com or call 210-225-5851


If you have a hot job and want to post it in the newsletter, please email Patti Martin the details. Visit our job bank on the AAHA website for more hot jobs!
Your Support is Amazing!
Thank you Fishbowl donors!   

July Luncheon Pics
Here's some pics from the July luncheon at Saltgrass Steakhouse on the Riverwalk!
AAHA Gives Back to SAPD
Teddy Bears for SAPD

This month AAHA will be collecting teddy bears for the San Antonio Police Department's "Teddy Bear Program."


The Teddy Bear Program was designed with the intention of officers keeping teddy bears in their patrol cars and handing them out to children who have either witnessed or been a victim of a crime. Hopefully these bears will provide comfort during a child's difficult time.


Please bring teddy bears to the August luncheon at Hilton Hotel San Antonio Airport. 


Lunch & Learn at the August Meeting!
Hilton Hotel San Antonio Airport

Join us at the beautiful and newly renovated Hilton Hotel San Antonio Airport. Enjoy a delicious lunch catered by the Hilton team. Our August speaker is Dan Decker, Park President of SeaWorld San Antonio and Chair of the San Antonio Convention and Visitor Bureau's Privatization Task Force. Dan will be informing us about the information that the task force is gathering and the impact of privatization on the tourism community. 



Thursday, August 20, 2015
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM


Hilton Hotel San Antonio Airport
611 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, T X 78216

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