A City Council committee got a briefing from the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau in its mission to seek nonprofit status, one of many lengthy steps towards making the CVB independent of the City.
Earlier this month, Cured restaurant owner Steve McHugh was named a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef-Southwest.
After decades of marketing the city as a family-friendly destination, San Antonio is losing market share to other Texas cities as visitors show declining interest in traditional tourist attractions and seek out more authentic experiences in cities with more contemporary and artful sales pitches.
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City Council voted Thursday to approve the proposal that will transform the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) from a city agency to a public/private nonprofit.
San Antonio once dominated the tourism market in Texas, but statistics show that fewer people are looking for traditional tourism.
When Lonely Planet ranked San Antonio #8 on its list of "unexpectedly exciting places to see in the United States in 2016" last week, local officials in the visitor industry were understandably excited to share the news that the "new San Antonio" is getting noticed.
A local industry force has recommended that the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) become an independent organization so that San Antonio can be more competitive when vying with other cities for conventions and tourism dollars.
Maximizing an expanded convention center, managing the implications of the Missions' World Heritage status, and developing more air service are the City's Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) key missions in the coming year according to representatives from across the local hospitality industry and cultural institutions that gathered Tuesday for the CVB's annual meeting.
San Japan has, in less than 10 years, grown from a humble gathering for local anime and manga fans held at a downtown hotel into a major pop culture convention.