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San Antonio hosts its largest convention to date

San Antonio welcomed its largest convention to date with the Alcoholics Anonymous 2010 Convention in July. Approximately 50,000 attendees from 75 countries converged on the Alamo City, accessing over 110 area hotels. Recent additions to San Antonio’s meeting scene have made it an ideal spot for large-scale conventions. Now with more than 42,000 hotel rooms, a 1,003 room Grand Hyatt next to the convention center and an extended River Walk that runs straight through the downtown meeting scene, San Antonio is more desirable than ever.

Alcoholics Anonymous 2010 Convention Manager, Gregg Talley, credited San Antonio’s expansive, yet walk-friendly meetings landscape, “The addition to the convention center and the construction of the new Grand Hyatt made the package perfect for us; plus the proximity of hotels to the convention campus and the relative closeness of the convention center and the Alamodome is ideal. The addition of the River Walk as a close, comfortable attraction was an added bonus.”

The conjunction of the 600,000-square-foot Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center with the neighboring Alamodome, provides an unbeatable abundance of flexible space to accommodate numerous setups and breakouts.

Beyond an alluring meeting scene, San Antonio is consistently awarded for outstanding convention services.

“The draw of San Antonio is our dedicated hospitality partners and their ability to share San Antonio’s welcoming spirit with every delegate and every meeting,” said Scott White, executive director of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our hospitality community works together to provide an unforgettable experience from start to finish. From airport ambassadors that greet delegates as they enter our city to downtown ‘amigos’ who help give directions and provide San Antonio information, we make sure that San Antonio is a positive, authentic destination for each person who meets here.”

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