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San Antonio: the story never ends.

Long a crossroads of history, San Antonio is a blend of deeply rooted traditions and 21st-century cosmopolitan flair. The nation's ninth-largest city, San Antonio is a joyful melange of the flavors and sounds of Old Mexico, the Republic of Texas, Germany, the Wild West, and the Deep South.

Native Americans living on the San Antonio River called the area Yanaguana, which means refreshing waters or clear waters. Spanish explorers and missionaries came upon the river in 1691, and because it was the feast day of St. Anthony, they named it San Antonio. In 1718, the city was officially founded when Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) was established. Four other Spanish missions form the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, a marvelous place to explore the city's roots and Spain's influence on the Southwestern United States.

With a rich history and diverse cultures, San Antonio expresses the heart and soul of Texas. Outstanding convention facilities, world-class hotels, and a variety of attractions enhance San Antonio's appeal.

THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER WALK

San Antonio's crown jewel, the River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is where you and your colleagues can enjoy al fresco dining, take a relaxing river cruise, or simply stroll the romantic pathways. For many visitors, San Antonio is an urban masterpiece. The cobblestone and flagstone paths border both sides of the San Antonio River, 20 feet below street level, as it winds through the middle of the business district.

River cruisers provide a novel method of sightseeing and people watching in downtown San Antonio. Groups also can dine aboard open-air cruisers as they float along the scenic waterway. Dining options in San Antonio run the gamut from fine continental cuisine to Chinese to Texas steaks and barbecue to soul food and Cajun, but San Antonio is home to Tex-Mex.

GOLFING EXCITEMENT

San Antonio continues to gain a reputation as one of the country's leading golf destinations, with more than 40 courses and facilities, including two highly regarded destination golf resorts: the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and the Westin La Cantera Resort. Our ideal year-round climate, unique terrain, and Texas hospitality make San Antonio the perfect backdrop for your group to play a round.

IDEAL ACCOMMODATIONS

San Antonio is a very walkable city, with about 10,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Thanks in part to our warmth and hospitality, major meetings receive V.I.P. red carpet treatment in San Antonio, with personalized attentiveness from our local hospitality industry partners. In addition, we often refer to the San Antonio River Walk, with its numerous restaurants, shops, and clubs, as the "world's largest hotel lobby," providing a unique amenity and selling point to meeting planners and convention-goers.

MEETING FACILITIES

San Antonio is more than just one of the four unique cities in the United States. It's an ideal site for all types and sizes of meetings from small board meetings to huge conventions and expositions. Located in the heart of Texas, San Antonio offers all the luxuries and facilities you expect to find in a major cosmopolitan city, conveniently located in a unique, charming setting and combined with the friendliness of a small town. Work has been completed on the expansion and renovation of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, expanding the building's footprint to 1.3 million square feet and resulting in more than 400,000 contiguous square feet of exhibit space. Also located downtown, the Municipal Auditorium and Conference Center offers seating for nearly 5,000 in an elegant, totally restored structure featuring state-of-the-art equipment. San Antonio's largest multipurpose facility--The Alamodome--offers a combination of fixed, movable, and retractable seating that can accommodate up to 77,000 people.

CELEBRATING IN SAN ANTONIO

Captivating locations for themed events abound in San Antonio, from historic properties to modern museums and family attractions. Join us for celebrations including Fiesta San Antonio, the Texas Folklife Festival, San Antonio Stock Show 8 Rodeo, Jazz'SAlive, and many more. In San Antonio, it's always fiesta time. The city celebrates traditional American and Mexican holidays and throws in a few German, Irish, French, African American, Greek, Jewish, Asian, and Lebanese events for good measure.

Come experience San Antonio! You'll leave with memories to last a lifetime.

CONTACT

The San Antonio Convention 8 Visitors Bureau

Phone: 1-800-447-3372; TTY: 210-207-6706

Web site: www.SanAntonioVisit.com
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