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Visit San Antonio: Destination Sales & Services, August 2018

The Destination Group Sales Division confirmed 83,062 total room nights in July.  This includes confirming NACE International for its 2028 CORROSION conference, which will bring in more than 12,000 total room nights and 7,000 attendees for March 2028. 

In August, we participated in the following customer events:

  • IAEE’s Krakoff Leadership Institute – with our Synchronicities partners, we participated in this high-level, continuing-education course alongside many of our convention customers.
  • SISO Leadership Conference – This event is a “must-attend” leadership event for the for-profit show organizer.  This annual showcase is for CEOs, owner/managers and first-line executives to discuss strategic issues as they relate to specific industry challenges. The Leadership Conference is complete with exceptional networking opportunities at multiple levels while the content delves into specific case histories and examples.
  • ASAE Annual Meeting – This year’s event took place in Chicago, where Visit San Antonio exhibited with several area partners and participated in multiple customer networking and educational events.
  • Connect MarketPlace – Connect is the premier hosted-buyer event that brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in corporate, association, specialty, expo and sports meetings and events for preset appointments, keynote general sessions, planner/supplier roundtables and quality networking.
  • ConferenceDirect CDX – This is ConferenceDirect’s signature event for its top customers, associates and partners.  Those on hand participated in events focused on education, networking and relationship-building with top association customers and associates. They also exchanged business ideas and explored industry trends while enjoying an opportunity to network and build relationships.

September will also be busy for the Destination Sales Team, which will participate in the following:

  • CEIR Predict - The Predict program is focused on peer learning and information exchange that will help industry leaders to better respond and plan for the disruptors to the traditional exhibitions model, and how to remain relevant to their audiences.  The conference begins with a discussion of the overview of the landscape of today’s economy with predictions on impacts on the exhibitions industry and from pre-work indicators.  The outcomes will be insightful, informational, inspirational and actionable.  This year’s Predict will provide exhibition organizers insights into these dynamic forces and information for effective decision-making.
  • TSAE New Ideas Annual Conference – This conference will take place in Dallas.  This event, hosted in San Antonio two years ago, will bring together the state’s top association meeting planners and executives. 

To see what other opportunities there are to partner with Visit San Antonio, please visit partners.visitsanantonio.com.

August brought in more than 10,000 attendees to the Younique Convention.  True to its theme, “Bigger ‘N’ Better” in San Antonio, not only was this the biggest convention for this team, it gave back to our community by donating more than 10,000 boxes of baby items for families in need.  Younique was one of the first sales companies to market and executes sales almost exclusively through the use of social media.