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May 2015
Letter from the Chairman





During the week of May 2-10, San Antonio will celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW). Every year, cities across the U.S. celebrate the power of the travel and tourism industry. Travel and tourism are major contributors to San Antonio's livelihood. Just look at the impact of the San Antonio Travel Effect:

  • Travel and tourism is one of five leading industries in San Antonio
  • San Antonio hosts over 31 million visitors per year
  • Visitors create an influx of $13.4 billion into the local economy
  • Travel supports more than 122,500 jobs in San Antonio
  • 1 in 8 jobs in San Antonio depends on travel and tourism


The numbers are staggering! Please join us in celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week and check out all of the upcoming NTTW events throughout the city. Visit the official San Antonio NTTW website at: www.visitsanantonio.com/nttw.  #NTTW15



Karen Bippert, CTA
2015 Chairman
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

NTTW Proclamation 
May 6, 2015

Make plans to join the San Antonio tourism community for the official declaration of National Travel and Tourism Week at the City Council Proclamation, Wednesday, May 6 from 5-6 PM in the City Council Chambers with reception to follow. Send your RSVP to Shanna Smith at the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Student Showcase & Member Mixer
Celebrate Our Future Tourism Partners

The San Antonio Tourism Council invites members and hospitality industry professionals to the St. Philip's College Student Showcase and Member Mixer.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Historic Sunset Station Depot 4

5:00 - 7:30 PM


Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) and area high school Hospitality and Culinary Arts students. 


RSVP to Linda Winchester at the San Antonio Tourism Council at 210-886-9991. 

Family Fiesta 101 was a Hit! 
Fundraiser for San Antonio Food Bank Great Family Fun

Thank you for all members that came out in support of the Family Fiesta 101 event on Sunday, April 12th at Viola's Ventanas, a Los Barrios Family Restaurant. 


The fundraiser was a great success! The fundraiser benefited the San Antonio Food Bank. AAHA represented by sponsoring a table, selling Fiesta medals and provided a fun ballon animal creator and face painter. The kids love them! Thank you to everyone for supporting this event. We are sure this is going to be a wonderful annual fundraiser for the San Antonio Tourism Council and the San Antonio Food Bank. Until next year! 


14th Annual Salute to Firefighters!  
Tourism Week Activities
Please join San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood, Casandra Matej- Director of the San Antonio Convention & Visitor's Bureau, various hospitality leaders, Centro San Antonio Amigos, San Antonio Tourism Council, students from the Carver Academy, firefighters and paramedics on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 @ 11:30 am to kick off the 14th Annual Salute to Firefighters & Paramedics as part of National Travel & Tourism Week festivities. The event will take place downtown at
Ripley's Believe it or Not! 301 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205. 



The RK Group will furnish box lunches to be served to all firefighters and paramedics who stop by between the hours of 11:30 and 1:30 pm.  T-shirts and bags will also be handed out.  Firefighters and Paramedics will also have the opportunity to register for 2 "Staycation" packages to include hotel stays, attractions tickets and restaurant gift certificates.  "Staycation" packages are being put together by the Alamo Area Hospitality Association.


For more information contact: Janie Droemer, Director of Marketing & Public Relations 210-224-9299, ext 14. sanantonio.ripleys.com


Keep giving back!
AAHA Community Outreach 

Thank you for all members who signed the "Thank you" cards for the Military.  Your thoughts and messages mean more than you will ever know to the Servicemen & Women.   


For the month of May our focus will be on Daisy's Cupboard and Closet.  More details to follow. Be on the lookout for our flyer requesting needed items. 


Contact: Rudy Saenz, rsaenz@Acemart.com ,  210.445.7799


Get a grip on this! 
Natural Bridge Caverns 


Natural Bridge Caverns presents the Canopy Challenge & Zip Lines. It's three activities in one!


On the Canopy Explorer, you'll have up to 30 minutes to grapple your way to the top of our 60-foot, four-tier adventure course. Test your agility, balance and strength on 47 fascinating obstacles (like the Burma Buckets and Criss-Cross Tight Ropes). Just for the little ones, there's also a Canopy Kids Course that's specifically designed for toddlers and young kids.


Then, if you dare, take a ride on the zip lines, gliding high above the Texas Hill Country. Snap in to your harness, step to the edge of the zip line platform, raise your feet and - sail across the landscape. The thrill of the ride is matched by the beauty of your surroundings, a natural experience of flight.


The Canopy Challenge is open daily, weather permitting from 10:00 AM until the last cavern tour of the day departs. Please call (210) 651-6101 for weather conditions. 


Come to Natural Bridge Caverns and take the Challenge!


For more information contact:

Erin Vauter

Director of Group Programs
Natural Bridge Caverns


Traders Village 
Cinco De Mayo Celebration!!

There is a party every weekend at Traders Village along with something for everyone! 


Traders Village is located at 9333 Southwest Loop 410 @ Old Pearsall Road.  It's a great place to Shop & enjoy some food & music featuring AB Quintanilla Kumbia Kings as just one of the days entertainment. 

Traders Village offers awesome Carnival Rides that are priced to fit anyone's budget.


For more information, contact Jo Cox at jo@tradersvillage.com


Let's Do Business Together
Caprice Productions, Inc.

Founded in 1996, Caprice Productions, Inc. provides our clients with successful promotional, branding and marketing solutions.

We are a woman-owned, San Antonio-based company that enjoys good working relationships with a large network of national and international suppliers.  We're a company with deep ties to San Antonio and beyond, and we're a company with an unwavering commitment to customer service.


A few highlights about Caprice Productions:

  • Fulfillment services to include warehousing, inventory and shipping
  • 17 year experience in the promotional products industry
  • Payment methods accepted:  EFT, Check and Purchasing Card
  • 8,321-square foot office, including showroom and in-house embroidery
  • Rigid guidelines in place to ensure continuity of client's brand
  • Highly-ethical, outstanding customer service, solid reputation
  • Certified:  HUB, WBE, SBE and ESBE

We welcome the opportunity to apply our expertise and services to your next project!


Tiffany Oles

Caprice Productions, Inc

(210) 832-8282





Let's Run for Fun
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 the Blue Star Arts Complex 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

Blue Star Arts Complex

116 Blue Star

San Antonio, TX 78204


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!



Discovery Point New Home for Dolphins
SeaWorld New Dolphin Habitat


The dolphin habitat will be dramatically transformed into two new ways to experience dolphins. First, SeaWorld guests will finally be able to go beneath the water's surface to see dolphins swimming and playing underwater. Large viewing panes for underwater viewing will allow guests to see how these magnificent creatures swim, interact and play from an entirely new vantage point. But the most dramatic change to this area is the introduction of a new facility that will allow guests to swim with dolphins in a natural environment. The new addition, will be named Discovery Point.


This project reflects SeaWorld's ongoing commitment to improve its animal habitats while providing new ways for guests to make connections with the animals in its care. Updates to the park's dolphin pools will nearly double the water volume of the habitat, enlarging the pool to hold more than 600,000 gallons. 


Would you like to book a group outing?  

Please contact Ray Martinez:


(210) 523-3640 


Yellow Ribbon Project in full swing! 
Paseo del Rio Association

In conjunction with the American's Armed Forces River Parade on May 16, the Yellow Ribbon Project provides the community with the opportunity to show their support for all branches of the military by purchasing a yellow ribbon in honor or memory of a loved one who is serving or has served.  The Yellow Ribbons will be displayed on the trees along the River Walk May 1st-May 16th. Proceeds from ribbon sales are used to underwrite the America's Armed Forces River Parade.  

Ribbons are $5 each and are sold online at http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/ 
If purchased prior to April 30, the honorees name will appear in the Armed Forces River Day official parade program.  All names will be displayed on the Paseo del Rio Association website. For more information, click here.


Ribbons sold March 27-April 30, 2015

Ribbons installed May 2, 2015

Ribbons Displayed May 2-May 16


For more information contact:

Susan Niño, CTA

Sponsorship & Membership Director

Paseo del Rio Association

210.227.4262, ext. 106

AAHA Membership has perks!  
AAHA Lapel Pins        AAHA Logo

When you become a member of the Alamo Area Hospitality Association you will receive a Lapel Pin. 


Wear it with pride because it represents your dedication to the Hospitably Industry & dedication to AAHA. Tourism is strong in San Antonio so be proud!   


If you are current member & have not received your lapel pin please contact AAHA Membership Director - Ray Martinez  ray.martinez@seaworld.com  (210) 523-3640 



AAHA Fishbowl Items!  
AAHA Luncheons 
Because we have members that are dedicated to the Hospitality Industry & Education we are able to award Scholarships to deserving Texas Students. 


One of the ways that is possible is through the donations for the raffle/fishbowl that are featured at each luncheon.  By donating it allows your company to get a shout out!   


Be creative, But donate if you can!  We could not do it with out your generous 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:



  • Natural Bridge Caverns has full and part time Tour Guide positions available. We are seeking outgoing individuals interested in a unique and fun work opportunity. Applicants must be responsible, dependable, enjoy working with the public and be able to give as many as five caverns tours per day. Experience in the Hospitality industry is a plus, but not required. Tour Guide/Guest relations training is provided. Please apply in person at the Natural Bridge Caverns admissions office. For more information please call (210) 651-6101.





  • 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/ 


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. 
Extra Extra-Read All About It! 
Let's hear from you!

The AAHA newsletter is a great resource for reaching the AAHA membership.  If you have a special event coming up, a new menu, or any exciting news to share. Send your newsworthy articles to Patti Martin, patti@sarodeo.com


To be featured in the newsletter, content must be received by the third week of the month to be included the following month's issue. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Martin for more information, 210-225-5851 ext. 601.

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May 2015 Luncheon
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Join AAHA and SAHLA at Six Flags Fiesta Texas for the Annual Park Preview. We will enjoy lunch and get a sneak peek of the new Batman Roller coaster debuting in Summer 2015!


Wednesday, May 21, 2015

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM


Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 IH-10 West

San Antonio, T X 78213


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San Antonio, TX 78295
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