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It's impossible that the year is almost over. It seems like just yesterday we were having our first AAHA luncheon and talking about the rodeo, ordering our Fiesta medals and planning the year...and now it's December. 


As a wise person once said, "time flies when you're having fun..." and we hope you have had a fun time being a member of the Alamo Area Hospitality Association. Thank you for being our colleagues and partners. Let's do it all over again in 2014!


-The AAHA Board Members


CVB Annual Meeting

At the Annual Meeting, the San Antonio CVB rolled out its new Partner Website - Partners.VisitSanAntonio.com - the go-to resource on the numerous ways to partner with and stay in touch with the San Antonio CVB throughout the year. You are able to easily access frequently updated resources such as marketing toolkits, key industry reports, sign up for special initiatives, submit your events and packages - and of course sign up for opportunities through the Travel Co-Op Calendar. 
Also at the Annual Meeting, the Robert H.H. Hugman Award and the Con Corazon Awards were presented to two deserving people in the tourism industry. Marty Wender won the Robert H.H. Hugman award and Chef Johnny Hernandez won the Con Corazon award. The two men have been integral to the Tourism industry throughout their careers. Congratulations! 
Charles "Marty" Wender (C), recipient of the 2013 Robert H. H. Hugman Award, poses with wife, Rene (L), Marise McDermott, Casandra Matej and Dan Decker at the SACVB Annual Meeting.

Chef Johnny Hernandez (C), recipient of the 2013 Con Corazon Award, poses with family and friends minutes after receiving the award at the SACVB Annual Meeting.

November Luncheon Recap
Thanks to Michelle Moon with The Witte Museum for hosting the November luncheon. Also, thanks to Caryn Hasslocher with Fresh Horizons Catering for the delicious lunch.                                                         
The luncheon speaker was Dr. Bryan Bayles, Curator of Anthropology at the Witte. Dr. Bayles discussed with the members  the upcoming transformation of the HEB Science Treehouse into the HEB Body Adventure. The HEB Body Adventure will open May 2014. 
(L-R): Skip Wood, Dr. Bryan Bayles of The Witte Museum and AAHA Vice Chairman, David Uminski.

Congratulations to the AAHA Members and friends that finished the San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and the Las Vegas Rock 'N' Roll Marathon!!

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Thank You Fishbowl Donors!
Thank you to the following AAHA Members and friends that donated to our fishbowl drawing in November. Thanks for your support!  
SeaWorld Christmas Celebration


SeaWorld San Antonio has been transformed into a wintery, watery wonderland where families of all ages can enjoy stunning live shows, sip hot cocoa and stroll through a sea of more than one million twinkling lights during its annual Christmas Celebration®, a magical holiday program offered on scheduled operating days, through Dec. 31. 


In the newest addition to SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration, SnowWorld presented by Coca-Cola®, families can play in real snow, right here in Central Texas! Guests will feel like they're in a winter wonderland while sledding, playing and dashing through the snow. Plus, families will get the opportunity to capture their memorable day at SeaWorld with a unique family photo inside of a larger-than-life snow globe. This 12-foot-tall snow globe in SnowWorld Market is sure to get families into the holiday spirit as they pose for their exclusive Christmas portrait in this unique setting.


Also new this year is Christmas Cove, an area of the park that will make guests feel like they've stepped into the 1950s. A visit to Christmas Cove would not be complete without Home for the Holidays: Dinner with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Guests will feel right at home for the holidays when they join Santa and Mrs. Claus for dinner with all the trimmings and a special story.  Advance reservations are required for this exclusive dining experience. 


Click this link for tickets and more information! 

Ring in the New Year at Maggiano's

Life is for celebrating. Come join us for the biggest celebration of the year. Whether you're looking for a night out with friends or a romantic evening with that special someone, Maggiano's Little Italy is the perfect place to ring in the new year.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013 
8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 
Maggiano's Little Italy Ballroom 
Passed Hors d'Oeuvres, Chef selected family style dinner, Dessert buffet, Premium open bar, Party favors, Midnight toast, and Music from 5150! 
 $95 per person all-inclusive
Tables and individual reservations available.

Maggiano's Little Italy®
17603 IH-10W 
San Antonio, TX 78257


Spacing is very limited. Please click HERE to reserve your spot!



Holiday in the Park


Six Flags Fiesta Texas is offering special holiday pricing for AAHA friends & family this December. For only $29.99 + tax (per person) you will receive a ticket to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The main gate ticket price is currently $63.99 + tax, so it is an AMAZING discount. Just go to the Six Flags website and enter the promo code "AAHA" at the box in the top right corner. 




Nutcracker at the Majestic
THE NUTCRACKER is at The Majestic Theatre and is presented by Ballet San Antonio with the San Antonio Symphony. 


Children under 12 receive a 25% discount. Please see dates/times/price levels on theorder form. Adults receive a discount when 10+ tickets are purchased.


To place any size group order contact Karen Cramer at 210-554-1066 or email  cramerk@sasymphony.org.        

Valero Alamo Bowl
The Valero Alamo Bowl will take center stage in San Antonio on Monday, December 30th. 
It's still not clear which teams will be in the Bowl game, but the various Big 12 projections have all of the conference's top four teams (Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas) in the Valero Alamo Bowl. 
Stay tuned to see who's going to make it to the Alamo Bowl! Purchase your tickets to the bowl game HERE! 

December Luncheon

The 2013 December AAHA luncheon will be held at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse on Thursday, December 19.


Seating is limited for this event and will sell-out quickly. AAHA members will be offered first priority for reservations. The member invite will go out on Wednesday, December 4th and then we will open up remaining reservations to non-members on Tuesday, December 10th. 


Fleming's Prime Steakhouse 

255 E. Basse Rd.

San Antonio, TX 78209


This is the event of the year and we will have amazing fishbowl prizes up for raffle. If you have any gifts you would like to contribute, please bring the items with you or email Karen Bippert at Karen@BuckhornMuseum.com and she will arrange for the item to be picked up. 


  • CVB Annual Meeting
  • November Luncheon Recap
  • Fishbowl Donors
  • SeaWorld Christmas Celebration
  • NYE at Maggiano's
  • Holiday in the Park
  • Nutcracker at the Majestic
  • Alamo Bowl
  • Rodeo gift
  • December Luncheon at Fleming's

Member Spotlight

Robert Sanchez

Sales Manager

The Palm

(210) 860-1100


How long have you been in your position?:
Two years

What do you like to do in your free time?:
I love reading, spending time with my family and watching movies.  Anything with Tom Hanks is a must see for me.

Marital Status:

Do you have kids?
No, but I do want them in the future.

What's your all-time favorite movie?:
It has to be "Forrest Gump."

What is your favorite San Antonio restaurant?:
Other than The Palm, of course, it would have to be Arcade Midtown Kitchen. Chili's is without a doubt, my guilty pleasure restaurant.

What's your favorite thing to do in San Antonio?:
Run along the Riverwalk and the Riverwalk Expansion.

Where did you go on your last vacation?:
I went to New York city to visit my old stomping grounds.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?:
Italy for the history, the wine, the food and OH did I mention the wine?!

What's your favorite ice cream flavor? 
Butter pecan

How long have you been a member of AAHA?:
14 months

What has been the most helpful about your association with AAHA?:
The connections, I have never appreciated such an amazing group so much. Through AAHA I have created some of the best relationships I could have ever imagined.  It is an amazing group that I am proud to be a part of.

What can AAHA improve upon?: 
I think the association continues to grow and improve daily.  As long as the commitment to the success of all of its members remains the same I think it has an amazing future in front of it. 

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