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Visit San Antonio: Tourism Development, January 2019

Hotelbeds Group

Dec. 13 -14, 2018

As a part of the ongoing consolidation in the receptive market over the past two years, Hotelbeds Group acquired GTA and Tourico Holidays, making it the world’s largest bed bank.  Its distribution network reaches more than 60,000 unique travel agencies in more than 140 countries. For Hotelbeds Group, San Antonio remains a competitive and valuable destination for potential growth. Last month, staff organized appointments with hoteliers to discuss “guaranteed room night” and traditional contracting opportunities for 2019 and beyond.  According to Hotelbeds Group, guaranteed contracts will provide hoteliers with guaranteed business for room nights for every single night of the year with flexibility regarding rate, stop sales and premium rates.  They are heavily supported with marketing strategies that include their Global Sales Team.  Conversations from last month’s meetings are still taking place; however, if Gold Member hoteliers are interested in evaluating whether or not this would be a good fit for their business model, please contact Francisco Gallegos at 210-244-2021 or via email at franciscogallegos@visitsanantonio.com.

National Tour Association Travel Exchange

Nov. 4 – 8, 2018

The Travel Exchange is one of the largest conventions that brings tourism professionals from all industry sectors together in one location.  NTA’s annual convention features buyers of all sizes who package travel within North America.  Visit San Antonio met with 28 motor coach tour operators to share information on San Antonio, as well as highlight those new experiences in the destination and encourage them to include San Antonio in their coming group travel itineraries.  Staff is working on the leads that were generated from these meetings. If you are interested in the motor coach tour market and would like to more information on how to get involved, please contact Alex Gonzales at alexgonzales@visitsanantonio.com.

IPW 2019

June 1-5, 2019, at Anaheim, Calif.

San Antonio will be hosting IPW in 2023. IPW is the largest international tradeshow held in the United States every year and brings more than 1,300 international domestic buyers, tour operators and wholesalers and 500 credentialed media from more than 70 countries.   This year, IPW will be held June 1-6, and staff would like to invite you to participate with us in the Visit San Antonio booth.  We will conduct more than 100 appointments over a three-day period.   If you are already doing business in international markets, or would like to learn about doing business in international markets and want to learn more, please reach out to us so we can share additional details on how this can positively impact your business.  Please feel free to reach out to Sal Garza at salgarza@visitsanantonio.com.