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The Alamo Area Hospitality Association
welcomes in a new year!


I am very excited to serve as your AAHA Chairperson for 2013. The AAHA board recently completed our annual board retreat and have many wonderful activities planned for this year including a 5K race, community events at local senior centers and many more. Keep your eyes peeled for details! 


Don't forget that January is our Membership Renewal Month!  All memberships lapse for the year on December 31. If you have not renewed your membership, please visit our website and do it today! 


Thank you for your continued support of AAHA. I look forward to seeing you at our monthly luncheons!



Jo Cox

2013 Chairperson



January Luncheon at  
Saltgrass Steakhouse 


Thank you to Saltgrass Steakhouse on the Riverwalk for doing a wonderful job at our January luncheon. The steaks, chicken and pasta were delicious. And who could resist that cheesecake!? So good!



A special thank you goes to Clint Swindall with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo for being our speaker at the January luncheon.


Clint delighted us with details of the upcoming rodeo lineup and the new delicious food items at the fairgrounds. Most importantly, Clint shared with us that the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition (S.A.L.E.) has committed over $123 million dollars to education. With $10.1 million committed in 2012 in the form of scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums paid to Texas youth. Thank you Clint and your team for all of your hard work! 



Thank you to the following people that donated gifts for our raffle at the January luncheon. 

  • Barbara Gabaldon from Hyatt Place who donated a one-night stay for two at Hyatt Place
  • David Strainge with City Sightseeing Tours donated 3-City Sightseeing packages
  • Carrie Anne Silvers from Luke donated "My Family Table" book by Chef John Besh
  • Stephanie Farias with Texican Gifts donated a gift bag, shirt and yummy goodies from Texican Gifts
  • Janie Droemer with Ripley's & Wax Museum donated a cute animal plush & T-shirt from Ripley's Cargo Hold & Gift Shop
  • Ray Martinez of SeaWorld San Antonio donated 2-Season passes to SeaWorld, Aquatica, a plush seal and other goodies
  • Gina Hartberger from County Line & Barriba Cantina donated a County Line/Barriba Cantina Gift certificate
  • Naomi Leissner from the Alamo IMAX at Rivercenter donated 2-IMAX tickets
  • Christa Napier with Pat O'Brien's donated a $25 gift card to Pat O'Brien's restaurant
  • Karen Bippert with the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum donated 4-tickets and koozie from Buckhorn Museum and a pressed wine bottle cheese tray from the Buckhorn Gift Shop
  • Aaron Selinkoff with Saltgrass Steakhouse donated a Saltgrass Steakhouse Gift Card
  • Clint Swindall with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo donated 2- tickets to see ANY upcoming Rodeo performance (except Toby Keith)

Thanks, Moe!


A special thank you goes to Moe Lazri for his December donation of $100 to the Little Rhein/Fig Tree restaurant. We forgot to mention his contribution in the December newsletter. Thanks, Moe! 






San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has been designated an official Global Entry Enrollment Center by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Global Entry kiosks have been in operation at the international arrivals area of SAT since August. However, San Antonio area applicants had to schedule the required in-person interview in a city with an enrollment center. With the opening of an enrollment center at the SAT Customs Area, applicants no longer must travel to Dallas, Houston or another state to conduct the short enrollment interview that after a comprehensive background check conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. Interested travelers must apply online atwww.GlobalEntry.gov, where SAT is now listed as an Enrollment Center.

San Antonio International Airport is the latest of 31 airports nationwide, and a total of 40 airports throughout the US, Canada, Ireland and South Korea. Most members using the Global Entry kiosks are processed for arrival into the U.S. in about a minute.




San Antonio, which attracts millions of visitors downtown annually, is now luring more residents to the heart of the city.


That effort is already paying dividends, as San Antonio is now earning interest from companies looking to tap into that expanding mix of tourists and locals.


Count Dave & Buster's among the believers. The Dallas-based company plans to invest $15 million to develop a new dining, arcade and entertainment venue at Rivercenter, and it expects that the 33,000-square-foot project will be part of a larger transformation of the downtown mall.  

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo officially kicks off on Saturday, February 2nd with The Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive through downtown San Antonio. The parade and cattle drive will start on Houston Street near Christus Santa Rosa Hospital and run through the heart of downtown San Antonio ending at The Alamo.


Just like the drovers years ago, cowboys will guide a herd of Texas Longhorns on streets where only trails existed 100 years ago.


Enjoy children's games, family activities and more at the Alamo Plaza following the parade. Rodeo volunteers will be on hand to keep the little ones entertained with stick horse races, coloring, and much more!


  • The Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive
  • February 2, 2013
  • Houston Street (from Christus Santa Rosa Hospital / I-35 to the Alamo) THROUGH THE HEART OF SAN ANTONIO!! 
  • FREE

San Antonio Symphony presents: Pops Goes to the Movies

Lights! Camera! Action! 


Conductor and clarinetist Carl Topilow and The San Antonio Symphony go to the movies (with videos projected above the orchestra) in Hollywood favorites including Gone with the Wind, Rocky, Forrest Gump, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean.



When: February 1-2,  8 p.m.

Venue: The Majestic Theatre

Address: 224 E Houston

Phone: (210) 554-1010



San Antonio Rodeo announces a new line-up of culinary crafts

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - the eight-time winner of the Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year award from the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association - has announced a new line-up of foods for this year's rodeo.


In an effort to both tempt the taste buds and tantalize the interests of those who fancy more unique fare, there's the glazed doughnut-hamburger stand and the stand selling fried Kool-Aid.


Also new to the line-up is a new bakery stand that will feature several fried goodies - including fried brownies and fried cupcakes.

Also making its debut: the Garlicy's Stand, which will feature garlic hot dogs, garlic vegetable shish kabobs and garlic stuffed sausage.



For information on tickets and pricing, please visit the official San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo website.



February 7: Clay Walker 

February 8: Eli Young Band

February 9: Lee Brice

February 9: Toby Keith

February 10: Austin Mahone

February 11: Reba McEntire

February 12: Counting Crows

February 13: Gary Allen

February 14: Thompson Square

February 15: One Republic

February 16: Lady Antebellum

February 17: Kip Moore

February 18: Dierks Bentley

February 19: Jerrod Niemann

February 20: The Band Perry

February 21: Brantley Gilbert

February 22: REO Speedwagon

February 23: Justin Moore

February 23: Darius Rucker





Join the San Antonio Tourism Council on Wednesday, February 13 for the Converge on the Capitol!  


We will travel by motor coach from San Antonio to Austin to meet with our State legislators to discuss the importance of tourism to our city and our state. We will go to Representatives' offices in groups, speaking points will be provided but it is not necessary to actually speak.  There will be a spokesperson designated in each group.  We are interested in presence!


There is no transportation charge for members of TTIA, AAHA, SAHLA or Tourism Council. Advance reservations are required. Please contact Linda Winchester with the Tourism Council to secure your seat today!



Departs: 8:00 AM   

Anticipated Return: 6:00 PM



(10110 Highway 281 North)





Contact Linda Winchester at (210) 886-9991. 



Join David at the Rio Cibolo Ranch on Thursday, January 24th for a "Bridal" Open House!


This is a great opportunity for you to tour three unique facilities on the ranch and sample the wonderful catering options available. You will have the opportunity to see some of the work of the high quality wedding vendors that work with Rio Cibolo. Experience beautiful floral decorations, fine linens, centerpieces, DJs, photographers, wedding cakes and much more! Rio Cibolo provides turn-key services that will make your wedding day unique and memorable from beginning to end! 


Please RSVP to David Uminski by January 22nd, (830) 914-3325.


When: Thursday January 24, 2013

Time: 6:00pm-9:00 pm

Where: Lazy Lily River House at Rio Cibolo Ranch

Address: 1101 Ulrich Road, Marion, TX 78124

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










February 21, 2013        Sunset Station

March 21, 2013            Fogo de Chao

April 16, 2013              At SeaWorld in conjunction with SAHLA

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





We are currently looking for speakers for the February luncheon and for several other future luncheons. If you have some exciting hospitality industry news or changes going on in the city, please contact Andrea Martinez at (210) 800-8246. 





Cowboy boots and computers. Salsa and Texas-shaped tortilla chips. Jalapeño jelly and prickly pear wine. Ancient stone tools and artificial hearts. What do these all have in common? Texas! "Made in Texas" explores a diverse array of Texan-made objects which add to the fabric of life not only in our state, but across the globe. Explore objects, concepts, ideas and expressions of culture which originate in, are made in, or have strong ties to Texas: foodways, arts and crafts, agriculture and manufacturing, music, ways of making a living, furniture, clothing, inventions and architecture. Discover the impact Texas has had on the world and how Texas culture has influenced others.



When: Sundays, noon-5 p.m.; Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Venue: Institute of Texan Cultures

Address: 801 E César Chávez

Phone: (210) 458-2300







Space Junk 3D opens at Alamo IMAX Theatre at Rivercenter


50 years after launching our dreams into space, we're left with a troubling legacy: a growing ring of orbiting debris that threatens the safety of earth's orbits.


SPACE JUNK 3D is a visually explosive journey of discovery that weighs the solutions aimed at restoring our planet's orbits You will experience mind-boggling collisions, both natural, and man-made. Soar from the stunning depths of the Meteor Crater in Arizona to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits - 22,000 miles above earth.


Join us as expert Don Kessler, the "Father of Space Junk," guides us through the challenges we face in protecting them, forging a new age of space discovery!


For show times and more information please call (210) 247-4629 or visit www.imax-sa.com




Are you an AAHA Member? Do you have news that you would like to share in our monthly newsletter? Well what are you waiting for? 


Send us your press releases, business changes and information so we can get you featured in the most fantastic tourism & hospitality newsletter in San Antonio, The AAHA Newsletter!!


The newsletter goes out monthly following the AAHA luncheon. Send your information to Karen Bippert via email (karen@buckhornmuseum.com) or fax (210) 247-4020. 



Join us on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM for the February monthly luncheon. 


The luncheon will be held at Sunset Station at 1174 E. Commerce St.


If for some reason you are not on the monthly luncheon invitation list, please contact email Ashley Williams or call (210) 697-5457. 


  • Recap of the January luncheon at Saltgrass Steakhouse
  • SA Airport Changes
  • D&B Moves Downtown
  • Rodeo Kickoff & Cattle Drive, New food, Entertainers
  • Symphony goes to the Movies
  • Converge on the Capitol
  • Rio Cibolo Open House
  • 2013 Luncheon Calendar
  • February Luncheon
Let's Get to Know........

Name: James Kinney


Title: Director of Sales


Company: Splashtown San Antonio


Phone: 210-227-1400 ext 105


Email: Splashgroups@yahoo.com


How long have you been in your position: 4 years + not counting this being our family business and me being here off and on for 18 years.


What is your favorite San Antonio restaurant? Kirby's Steakhouse...  Kinda partial to them because of my wife plus just amazing food!


Favorite tourist attraction: Obviously Splashtown!!!  My wife and I enjoy SeaWorld once a year as well.  We are a family in the attraction and tourism industry and enjoy all of them so picking a favorite is hard.


Favorite adult beverage?  Cabernet Sauvignon or different micro brew beers.


Favorite SA bar? Don't do bars too often but World of Beer or Kirby's is always good!


What do you like to do in your free time? I am involved in a few Charities first being Alamo Ambucs which raises money to buy special therapeutic Trykes for Special Needs Children and Wounded Warriors.  Second is the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on the Rodeo Ticket Committee where we also work heavily with raising donations and treating Wounded Warriors to VIP days at the rodeo and other youth and special needs organizations as well.  Not to mention the obvious rodeo ticket sales as well.  My wife and I are also involved as pet rescue fosters and we have started another charity visiting children in hospitals and bringing them entertainment in the form of making bead bracelets and necklaces for free for them and their families.  I am also a Realtor so I do sell real estate in my spare time as well.  Now for fun, anything sports and outdoors and especially GOLF!  There is so much more to list here but I think this is enough for now.


What is the most helpful about your association with AAHA? Building our relationship with other AAHA members and keeping our business in there mind when they have customers looking for a fun affordable place to go cool off during the summer and host their group outings!


What can AAHA improve upon? This is a tough one but one thing comes to mind is maybe having an online member forum that we can introduce or refer easily through the web page even if we have not met at our luncheons.  Maybe breaking down the members into business categories and listing their contact info that way or just a member facebook page that we can all communicate aside from the AAHA facebook.  This is hard to describe in short writing...


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