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July 2015
Letter from the Chairman


Brace yourself San Antonio tourism and hospitality partners, for it is time to welcome the *60th Quinquennial General Conference of the Seventh-day (SDA) Adventists. Beginning July 2-11, 2015, there will be 40,000 people converging on our city and will grow to 65,000 by the end of the conference on July 11th. This is by far the largest conference ever hosted in San Antonio. People will arrive in our city from more than 90 countries and many will not speak English. There are a few things that you should know about the Seventh Day Conference. Below is a fact sheet and a few group characteristics that should be highlighted: 

  • The conference is 10 days.   Average conferences are 2 ½ days.  Extra luggage is a given.  Most hotel rooms will be occupied by an average of 2.5 people.
  • Delegates (3,500) are traveling from 190 countries (pending visa approvals).  The World Atlas states are there 196 countries. (Only delegates, family members of delegates, media, exhibitors and special guests will be issued a conference badge).  All services, programming and exhibits are open to the public - no badge will be required. 
  • Each day there is a worship service that begins at 7:00pm and ends at 9:00pm.  
  • The Seventh-day Adventist World church observes the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.  Most members will be contained in the Alamodome and Convention Center during this time and will stay for the worship services on Saturday (July 4 and 11).  They will have the opportunity venture out for meals as the volume of people cannot be accommodated by the meal service offered at the convention center.
  • Tour groups, families and church groups will have an opportunity to enjoy the restaurants, attractions, museums of our city.  The CVB anticipates the highest demand to begin Sunday, July 5th - mid-day Friday, July 10th.  
  • SDA promotes a healthy lifestyle including a vegetarian diet.  Many restaurants have already adjusted their menu to service SDA.  
  • There is no official SDA shuttle service.  If there is a shuttle, it has been arranged by an independent tour company.
  • On the last days of the conference, up to 70,000 people are expected to attend the services at the Alamodome.


Good luck, my friends! Also, keep in mind that there is no July 4th Celebration in the downtown area this year due to construction at Hemisfair park. See visitsantonio.com for alternative 4th of July celebrations. 


Thanks to Brenda Square and her team at the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing this information. Great job!



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

Industry Wide Family Day!  


Rio Cibolo Ranch

1101 Ulrich Road

Marion, TX 78124

Map it


Sunday, July 19, 2015

1:00 - 5:00 pm


Join us for a fun afternoon of: 

Hay Wagon Rides & River Barge Rides 


Canoe the Cibolo

Cibolo Hollow Nature Area

Western Air Bounce 

Face Painting & Ranch Clown 

Volleyball & Basketball

Horseshoe Pitching & Washer Tossing


Enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Rio Cibolo Ranch featuring:

Smoked Beef Brisket & Mesquite Smoked Chicken

Tangy potato salad, crisp coleslaw, ranch style beans with onions and special sauce

BBQ sauce, freshly baked ranch rolls

Tubs of fresh watermelon slices

Bunuelo bar with fresh strawberries, ranch pecans, chocolate sauce and whipped cream



Adults: $35 early bird registration before July 16; $40 at the door

Children (6-12): $20 (early bird and at the door)

Under 5: FREE


Register Today!



Summer Dance Hall!
Pearl Stable


Looking for something fun to do on Wednesday summer nights? Starting July 1st -  August 26th Pearl Stable is offering a boot stomping good time for all!  Concerts are FREE. The doors open at 5:30 & music begins at 6:00 pm.


Here is the 2015 Line Up

  • July 1: Doc Watkins and the River City Stompers
  • July 8: The Lonestar Swingbillies
  • July 15: Johnny P and the Wiseguys
  • July 22: Santiago Jimenez
  • July 29: George Chambers and the Country Gentlemen
  • August 5: Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express
  • August 12: The Melissa Ludwig Band
  • August 19: Mark Halata and Texavia
  • August 26: Doc Watkins and his Orchestra
For more information, visit the Pearl Stable website


Schooling Time!
Community Outreach

We need your help!  There are children in San Antonio that will be getting ready for school before we know it!  The Community Outreach Committee is working with a deserving Children's Shelter to help provide School Supplies to their kiddo's.  We are looking to the membership to share and care by donating at the July Luncheon new school supplies, tablets, crayons, glue, Kleenex, etc. For more information, please contact: Rudy Sanchez rsaenz@Acemart.com

San Antonio Area Tourism Council
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:


Missions of San Antonio!  
Right in our own backyards 

This is a very major undertaking and will require thousands of hours and dollars to develop the World Heritage application for the San Antonio Missions.


We ask that you download the website banner and use it on your organization's website and link it to www.MissionsofSanAntonio.org.  You will help spread the message about this important work and let others know how they can help.



Some Benefits of World Heritage Listing

  • The publicity that accompanies World Heritage listing and the placement of World Heritage plaques has led to increased tourism at almost all sites, often to the benefit of the economies of surrounding areas.
  • International organizations and national governments and foundations often give priority to World Heritage Sites in providing financial and technical assistance.  In recent years, such sources of assistance have been quite substantial when compared to the limited amounts provided by the World Heritage Committee through the World Heritage Fund.  This has happened in substantial part because World Heritage listing attests not only to the international importance of the site, but also to the commitment of the nation in which it is situated to protect it.
  • Cooperative efforts to assist World Heritage Sites have not attracted nearly as much publicity as the controversial debates over how to protect a few threatened sites, but it is clear that World Heritage listings have encouraged international cooperation and assistance and outcomes beneficial to World Heritage Sites, especially at lesser known sites and in countries needing financial resources or information exchange to care for their World Heritage sites.


Find your place in either publication and you'll be in front of millions of San Antonio visitors looking to experience all the things we enjoy in our very own backyard.



4th of July Celebrations!
Get out and about!  


Time to explore other CVB Models  
Task Force Appointed


San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor has assembled a task force that will be charged with determining if there is a better way to market the region to potential visitors. The task force will explore a number of options, including the potential privatization of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau.


"For the past nine years there have been ongoing discussions about the possible privatization of the SACVB," Taylor stated in a memo to City Council members obtained by the Business Journal.


She noted that San Antonio's CVB is the "only organization (of its kind) in the top 30 U.S. cities" that is operated as a municipal department.


Destination marketing organizations operate under a variety of models. Some are configured as nonprofit associations or are aligned with chambers of commerce. Others are set up as special authorities or as for-profit corporation, according to Taylor, who added that "the time is right to explore other models and determine if we have the right structure in place."


The new task force will be chaired by SeaWorld of San Antonio President Dan Decker and co-chaired by Maria Martinez of Plaza San Antonio Marriott Hotel. Its members will evaluate the pros and cons of alternative CVB structures and funding options before recommending to City Council the model it believes best suits San Antonio's needs.


(By W. Scott Bailey from the SA Business Journal)


Welcome New Members!  

Crystal Kinman

Gruene Historic District


Mesha Millsap
Pearl Brewery, L.L.C.


Morgan's Wonderland Family Fair
Salute to Heroes July 4th 
Morgan's Wonderland will celebrate Independence Day Saturday, July 4 with a Salute to America's Heroes, a tribute to those who protect the citizens including the armed forces and first responders such as fire, law enforcement and emergency medical professionals. Gates will be open from 9AM to 5PM. 


The Family Fair will begin with opening ceremonies at 10AM and free food for guests will be offered from 11 AM to 2 PM.   Hot dogs and apple pie will be served while supplies last, and sodas and bottled water will cost just a dollar.


Military members, first responders and their immediate families who present valid ID cards at the Morgan's Wonderland Welcome Center can obtain a special discounted admission of 

$9 per person, individuals with special needs and children ages 2 and younger are admitted free.

The Antonian Awards 
ISES of San Antonio  


What are the Antonian Awards? 

As a city-wide recognized awards competition, the Antonian Awards program was designed to honor the exceptional professional achievements of event individuals and organizations located in San Antonio or the surrounding area, representing all facets of the event. There are award categories for: Best Corporate Event, Best Social Event, Best Non-Profit Event, Best Wedding, Best Team Event, Best Event Photography, Best Marketing Design and many more!  


By entering the Antonian Awards, you are able to demonstrate the caliber of your work. This is your opportunity to show others in the industry your talents and what makes your company stand apart from the competition.

You'll have the recognition platform to earn compa
ny and client acknowledgement, increase marketability, gain media access, and receive events industry buzz about you and your company!


The San Antonio ISES Chapter in cooperation with NACE, AAHA, SAHLA, and SAATC invite you to compete in our 1st annual city-wide Antonian Awards.This year's competition is open to events that took place between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. The Antonian Awards will take place on Wednesday, October 28 from 6 PM to 10 PM at Sunset Station. Tickets to the awards presentation can be purchased here.


Need more information on how to enter the Antonian Awards? Visit the Antonian Awards website here and make sure to sign up to attend the Antonian Awards workshop on August 5th at The Bright Shawl. 


Hot Jobs!
Job Opportunities Await

Here are job opportunities available in San Antonio:



Deacon Recruiting is looking for a Guest Services Manager and Client Relations Leader. Click on the link below for job description.   
Contact Ashley Morrow with Deacon Recruiting for more information or to apply today.






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.com


Dick's Last Resort San Antonio has an immediate need for a part-time Marketing Assistant to aid in promoting and marketing Dick's Last Resort. Dick's is a unique concept restaurant on the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio.


The ideal applicant for this position should be: 

  • Well spoken, outgoing, able to speak to large groups about a product or brand 
  • Very energetic
  • Flexible schedule 
  • Some Marketing experience preferred 
  • Strong computer knowledge
  • Highly organized
  • Positive attitude

Email resume or apply in person. Interviews start immediately.
You can reach Ryan Wood at RWood@dlrmc.com

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!   

June Luncheon Pics
Here's some pics from the June's luncheon at Sunset Station. 
Special thanks to Kevin Molesworth of Brass Tacks Events in Austin for his fantastic presentation on Ethics in Business. 

July Luncheon is Gonna be HOT!
Saltgrass Steakhouse Riverwalk 

Industry Hot Topics

Thursday, July 16, 2015

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

July 16, 2015


Saltgrass Steakhouse Riverwalk

502 Riverwalk St.

San Antonio, TX 78205


Join us for the July Luncheon at Saltgrass Steahouse on the Riverwalk on Thursday, July 16 as we dive into another Industry Hot Topics session! Each table will be presented with a question or scenario that is industry related. The table will discuss the question, come to a consensus and briefly summarize for the group. Some topics might be hotter or more controversial than others, so be prepared for a debate! 


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