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June 2015
Letter from the Chairman

In the month of June, we welcome summertime. For the travel and tourism industry, this is our favorite time of year. School is officially out, the sun is shining and bright and families are on vacation and spending money in our fabulous city. However, a recent study by the U.S. Travel Association indicated that Americans fail to use 429 million vacation days and with those days, $160 billion in economic opportunity is lost.* The statistics are staggering. We are forfeiting our earned benefits and essentially working for free. Make sure to take time off this summer season and enjoy your hard earned vacation days. You've earned it!


Check out some of the exciting things going on throughout the city.



Karen Bippert, CTA
2015 Chairman
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

Daisy's Closet and Cupboard
Community Outreach  


Catch Up With Colleagues!
Paloma Blanca Broadway

Join us on Tuesday, June 2 at Paloma Blanca on Broadway for a fun event called "Catch Up with Colleagues." This is a great way to catch up with colleagues in a more relaxed setting. There will be a cash bar and an opportunity to purchase hors d'oeuvres. The event will run from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

There is no cost to come but please RSVP so we can let Paloma Blanca know of how many will be attending. Register here! 

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, 1110 Broadway, Suite 360, Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.   


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


WHERE San Antonio! 
AJR Media Group 

All of our AAHA members work hard to promote their businesses, restaurants and attractions to the 31 million visitors San Antonio receives each year. Let the WHERE San Antonio visitor publications deliver your message to each and every one of them!


Each July, WHERE San Antonio produces 250,000 visitor MAPS to help travelers find their way around the city. In addition to the Downtown and Riverwalk maps, this year a new Broadway Map will highlight the fabulous transformation of this historic corridor-from the new Doseum to the beautiful McNay and everywhere in between.


And every October, WHERE San Antonio prints a breath-taking hotel publication known as the GUESTBOOK. Distributed in more than 10,000 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 here to see the digital version of the 2014-2015 edition.


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.


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




San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo!
Giving Back to the Kids & Community!  

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is committing a record breaking $12.2 million to help further the educational and agricultural goals of the youth of Texas. This is the largest amount given to date by the organization. Since inception, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has contributed $160.1 million.

Keith Martin, Executive Director and CEO, made the announcement to the volunteers at the organization's annual membership meeting, on May 19th at the Expo Hall of the Freeman Coliseum/AT&T Center grounds in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Martin said, "It is this moment in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo that gives us the greatest joy-helping educate the youth of Texas. We receive incredible monetary support from our sponsors. Every person who attends is contributing to the cause. And frankly, there is no volunteer force on earth like the one we have here. We live in an amazing community."

The monies awarded were raised primarily through fundraising events and the annual eighteen-day San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo held in February. The $12.2 million will be awarded to the youth of Texas in the form of scholarships, grants and endowments. Also included in the giving amount are funds from the junior livestock auctions, youth western art auction, calf scramble program and show premiums.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has a rich tradition and history of stewardship to the community and the agriculture industry. With a clear vision of the future, a successful past and continual dedication from over 6,000 volunteers, the organization will continue to provide family friendly entertainment, be a pillar of strength for the community and continue the tradition of supporting the youth of Texas.

The 2016 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will be held February 11th - 28th at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum Grounds.

Shining Star Energy Football Clinic!
Alamo Bowl  


For the seventh consecutive year, the Valero Alamo Bowl will host the Free Shining Star ENERGY Youth Football Clinic for youth ages 5-14. Coaches from area colleges including UTSA, UIW, Trinity and TLU will run the clinic drills for more than 400 youth.

The youth clinic is part of the Valero Alamo Bowl's youth initiative to promote football to those that dream of playing the game. Youth will participate in offense, defense/agility and blocking/tackling drills run by the university coaches.


Shining Star ENERGY Youth Football Clinic 

take place at the Alamodome on Monday, July 27. Registration begins at 1:00 PM,

Clinic Begins at 2:00 PM.


Contact: Lara Smedley, laras@alamobowl.com for more information or go to the web site www.alamobowl.com




Discover The Ice Age!  
Witte Museum



Mammoths, saber-toothed cats, bears, cave people and gigantic "terror birds" last seen in Texas and Florida make Discover the Ice Age an exciting and educational exhibition about life during Earth's last Ice Age. Discover the Ice Age features fossils, casts and several life-sized animatronic models of animals with scientifically accurate movements, coloration, sounds and fur. This exhibition provides a unique and exciting walk through the Ice Age epoch for families and visitors of all ages.


Discover the Ice Age 
May 23-September 7, 2015 
$4 Members, $5 Non-Members, plus Admission

Learn more about the Ice Age at upcoming presentations, events!

Sunday, May 31 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
he Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Series
The Last Giants of Texas: Mammoths, Mastodons and Saber-toothed Cats
Dr. Thomas Adams, Curator of Paleontology and Geology

Discover the giants of the lat Pleistoncene in South Texas with Dr. Adams, and join him on a special curator-led tour of the Discover the Ice Age exhibit.
Suggested donation is $5 for Members and Students, $10 for adults. Reservations required. Call 210.357.1910.

Saturday, June 13 | Noon - 4 p.m.
Discover the Ice Age Family Day

Step back in time to an ice covered world. How did people survive and what evidence did they leave behind? Find out how animals and plants adapted to the cold. Explore with us as we create, experiment with and taste the cold. Included with general admission.  


Parties & Special Events! 
Hard Rock Café !!

Kick Off to Summer - Get Rockin' and Walkin'

Come by Hard Rock on June 2 from 11 to 2 pm and visit with local organizations who are promoting fun events for you and your family to stay active this summer. Lunch specials will be available. Vendors include: San Antonio Sports, San Antonio River Authority, Valero Alamo Bowl, IDLife, and many more...

Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio Parties &

Special Events


Treat your guests to an authentic Rockin' on the River experience by hosting your next event at Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio. Whether you're hosting an intimate wedding reception for 50 or a large conference for 500, our cafe has some of the most unique event venue options on the San Antonio River Walk.


Party with your coworkers, family, and friends on one of our three outdoor patios, inside the cafe, or on our own private dinner barge. No guest will forget a night spent touring the San Antonio River in this one-of-a-kind event setting. In addition, you can rent out our entire cafe for an epic bash. No matter which room you choose, it's sure to be an amazing night at the Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio.



For more information contact: 

Tammy Peacock-Werline,  Tammy_Werline@hardrock.com.   


Let's Do Business Together
Access DMC

From concept to reality, Access Destination Services creates events that are designed to meet the creative, motivational and budgetary needs of the professional meeting planner or executive. ACCESS DMC will work with you from concept and design through successful program execution.

Here are a few areas of their expertise:
  • Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Sightseeing Excursions
  • Museum and Gallery Tours
  • Wine Country Excursions
  • Youth Excursions
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Fitness programs
  • Jeep tours
  • Road rallies
  • Hands on Cooking classes
  • Creative themed events
  • Entertainment
  • Lighting & Sound
  • Restaurant and venue buy-outs
  • Professional Speakers

For more information about ACCESS Destination Services, contact Julie Trevino at (210)775-6687 or visit their website at http://www.accessdmc.com/.



Let's Run for Fun -Register NOW!
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 Concepcion Park 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

Concepcion Park 

600 E. Theo

San Antonio, TX 78210


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!



Father's Day at ..... 
Six Flags Fiesta 


Take your proud pop on Six Flags incredible thrill rides. Dad's inspire us to be brave and strong - and that training will really come in handy when you tackle Six Flags legendary collection of world class roller coasters. It will take some guts to board the intense Iron Rattler, but we think you and your papa are up to the challenge! Make sure the rest of the family gets in on the fun, on blasting classics like Scooby-Doo Ghost Blasters. Daddy's little daredevil's first time at a theme park? Dads can accompany their tykes on pint-sized kids' rides. -

See more here


Would you like to book a group outing?  Please contact Ashley Williams at ashWilliams@sftp.com  


Random Roadside Stops!  
The Buckhorn Saloon 


Congratulations!  Our very own gem The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum made the list of the 23 Random Roadside Stops in Texas you would be upset if you missed!

Read the entire article here


Spring has Sprung - Time to Clean! 
Goodwill Industry            

Are you running out of space in your closets, garage and other storage spots in your home? Do you have piles of books and clothes you don't want anymore? Just box or bag those items you no longer need and drop them off at any Goodwill donation station. Your donation to Goodwill helps us change lives through the power of work.Goodwill San Antonio creates jobs for Being a job creator is easy! Just follow these three steps.

Step 1: Gather Your Stuff

Walk around your home and collect items you and your family no longer need - that shirt that's been hanging in the back of your closet for three years, the toy trike your five-year old has outgrown, the holiday gift from grandma you never quite found a place for, etc.


Step 2: Give Them a Look Over

Donating items that are in working condition, contain all of their pieces and parts, and are free of stains and rips is the best way to ensure that your goods do the most good. While we accept most clothing and household items, there are a few things we can't accept - such as items that have been recalled, banned or do not meet current safety standards. In addition, if you're looking to donate specialty items such as computers, vehicles or mattresses, it's best to give your local Goodwill agency a call first to find out any rules or restrictions around these items.

Step 3: Go to Goodwill

Ready to drop off your items? Just use our locator at the top of the page or on our homepage  and check the box for "Donation Site" to find your nearest Goodwill drop-off location. Donating a lot of items? Some Goodwills offer donation pickup services - give yours a call to find out what's available in your area.

Each year, we also get together with our partners to offer unique donation drives, giving you the chance to drop off your items at retail stores, college campuses and more. Stay tuned to this space for information about new opportunities to donate through our partners.


Questions: Contact Cyndi Erp-Long   cerp@goodwillsa.org

Donations for the AAHA Fishbowl!  
AAHA Luncheons 
Membership with AAHA is fun and after each luncheon the attendees get on the edge of their seats for the most powerful, breath taking prize drawings ever done at a luncheon. 
Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner! 

Because we have members that are caring and passionate about the Hospitality Industry & Education we are able to award Scholarships to deserving Texas Students. 


By a donating to the raffle/fishbowl your company will get  a cool shout out!  No item is too small it is for the fun & to raise a little funds!  Donate if you can!  We could not do it with out your help! 

Bring your items to the luncheon in June. 


If you have questions contact: Patti Martin, patti@sarodeo.com 210-225-5851. 

Hot Jobs!
Job Opportunities Await

Here are job opportunities available in San Antonio:




  • 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/ 




Defense Mobile is in need of a candidate for a "Brand Ambassador" position in San Antonio ASAP. Here are the details:

Job Description:  
This a part-time contract position starting at $22/hr right now and working about 12 hours a week. At its core, this is a marketing and relationships position. Retirees would work great in this role as well.

Start Date:
Availability to start at the very latest Monday (June 1st) is key.

How to Apply:
Hiring Manager Contact Info:  Chris Norton
Email: chris.norton@armymobile.com
Office: 888.370.8747 x1018


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. 
We are proud!
Rudy Saenz


Congratulations to AAHA Director of Community Relations, Rudy Saenz with Ace Mart for graduating with honors from San Antonio College!



Smile - You're on Camera!  
Joshua Michael Photography  

"The most important thing that I can tell you about us is that we are extremely flexible!"  Joshua Michael Photography will work with you to customize your photo experience and work with your budget. Joshua Michael photographers will shoot your wedding in a combination of styles. They can do traditional portraits or more candid shots. They can do black and whites, infared, sepia and any type of filter style that you like. The sky is the limit!

The goal of Joshual Michael Photography is to make you happy, and mix it all together.     


For more information about Joshua Michael Photography, please call or send an email. www.joshuamichaelphotography.com. Contact: Joshua Michael    info@joshuamichaelphotography.com.  

May Luncheon Pics
Here's some pics from the May's luncheon at Six Flag's Fiesta San Antonio. 

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June 2015 Luncheon
Sunset Station 

Join us on Thursday, June 18th at the beautiful and historic Sunset Station. Enjoy a delicious catered lunch from Rosemary's Catering and learn all about Ethics from Kevin Molesworth owner of Brass Track Events out of Austin.


 Presentation description:

"A Question of Ethics"

The special events industry is relatively young when compared to other industries such as finance, manufacturing and retail.  As such the "rules of the game" are sometimes debated among event industry professionals.  While our industry is unique, generally speaking, business ethics are nearly universal.  In this presentation we will define ethical/unethical and go through examples and scenarios which demonstrate what is empirically right and wrong.  Kevin Molesworth, CSEP Owner, Brass Tacks Events

President, International Special Events Society - Austin Chapter, 2014-2015



Thursday, June 18, 2015
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Sunset Station
1174 E. Commerce
San Antonio, T X 78205
Website: http://www.sunset-station.com/ 

Registration Link: Coming soon!



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