Visit San Antonio News: Destination Group Sales & Services, December 2016

The Destination Group Sales Division confirmed 20,269 total room nights in the month of November. This number includes Austin Sports Group’s volleyball tournament for January 2017 and the Texas Hospital Association Foundation for February 2020.

December was a very busy month with several industry events and sales missions. We began the month with our annual Tamale Lifts to Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, in which we, along with our community partners, delivered holiday tins of assorted tamales to meeting planners and executives. Also during the first week of December, our team attended the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Expo! Expo! annual meeting in Anaheim, CA. In partnership with Synchronicities, we hosted several customer events and exhibited on the trade show floor, finishing the week with an exciting closing luncheon to promote San Antonio as next year’s Expo! Expo! host. Finally at the end of December, we attended Association Forum’s Holiday Showcase, where we participated in their trade show and held a customer dinner for Chicago-area clientele.

We start 2017, with the PCMA Convening Leaders meeting in Austin, TX. Our team will spend their time in education sessions and networking events with industry leaders, as well as promoting our three-city partnership with Synchronicities. Toward the end of the month, we will attend Southwest Showcase, where we will promote San Antonio to our Texas-based meeting customers. 

This January will be one of the most active in San Antonio history. Several large events are scheduled, beginning with SEEK 2017, sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). This conference will bring 13,000 attendees from January 3 - 7 and overlaps with Imaging USA, the Professional Photographers of America event that will bring 10,000 attendees from January 5-10. In total we are projecting over 140k attendees in the downtown area in January, including those attending WWE Royal Rumble on January 29 at the Alamodome.