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Amid the sounds of mariachis and the shade of grand cypress trees, lies a meeting destination where the people are as warm as the climate—welcome to San Antonio!
As a city known for iconic architecture, it’s quintessential that San Antonio’s premier convention facility exudes a framework as grand as the encompassing locale. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is an artful structure located on the famous River Walk, featuring 630,000 square feet of meeting space, including more than 440,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 2,300-plus-seat theatre and three hotel-quality ballrooms totaling 90,000 square feet. State-of-the-art utilities and telecommunications along with WiFi connectivity throughout compliment the center’s aesthetic appeal with high tech amenities.
Another coveted meeting and expo facility is the Alamodome, a multipurpose venue that has carved its way into the San Antonio skyline. With the capacity to seat 65,000 people, an offering of 160,000 square feet of contiguous floor space and 30,000 square feet of flexible breakout space, the Alamodome is an ideal place to meet. Alternative meeting facilities include themed venues, historic abodes, ornate theatres and hotels among others.
While San Antonio’s stunning infrastructure sets the foundation for the meeting scene, it’s the enchanting culture that truly defines the meeting experience. With an authentic blend of cultures from Latin to German and Western to Southern, San Antonio’s diverse identity is exuded through its art, cuisine and festivities. “Here, I’ve found that colors are brighter, parties livelier and people friendlier,” says Casandra Matej, Executive Director, SACVB.
Only in San Antonio can delegates network aboard a cocktail or dinner cruise as they float along the picturesque River Walk. The River Walk is one of San Antonio’s most notable features. It meanders through the convention center and other meeting facilities, connecting them with hotels, restaurants, shopping, museums, entertainment options and historic sights—making San Antonio an easy city to get around whether by foot or river taxi.
“When you pair the authentic experience of the River Walk and culture with southern hospitality and an award winning services team that is among the largest in the country, it is easy to see why planners tell me how easy it is to do business in San Antonio and that the service level here is second to none,” said Matej.
Perhaps this pleasant nature has been spurred from the warmth of an easily accessible location. With 300 days of sunshine a year, San Antonio’s temperate climate provides a retreat complete with award-winning Hill Country golf courses, spas, theme parks, and historical icons—making it an ideal place to bring the family or plan a few extra vacation days before and after meetings.
When it comes to hotels, San Antonio has something for everyone from downtown convention hotels to Hill Country resorts, there are more than 43,000 sleeping rooms in a Texas-sized variety of accommodations. More than 13,700 rooms are available downtown, with about 6,500 within walking distance of the convention center and 3,000 rooms within just one block.
The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau is your first point of contact when planning a meeting or convention in the San Antonio area. Begin planning your meeting at www.visitsanantonio.com or by calling 866-517-7771.