San Antonio’s reputation as a great place to visit has long made it a favorite of tourists and meeting planners and there is no doubt that tourists and visitors are a vital part of the local economy. The Hospitality Industry ranks third in its local economic impact, behind only the Healthcare and Bioscience industries. Here are some more interesting facts about the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in San Antonio based on the 2015 Tourism Economic Impact Study.
Tourism In San Antonio
Based on the 2015 Economic Impact Study
- One in eight employed in San Antonio work in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. Over 130,796 citizens are directly employed by Tourism and Hospitality.
- 34.4 million visitors came to San Antonio in 2015.
- The overall annual economic impact of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in San Antonio is $13.6 billion dollars.
- Contributed more than $375 million dollars in taxes to local governments.
- The economic impact of the tourism industry has increased nearly 50% since 2005.
- The size of the industry has quadrupled since 1990.
Visit San Antonio
For decades, tourism marketing, advertising and promotion was handled by the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau which was a department of the City of San Antonio. In September of 2016 the San Antonio City Council voted to allow the SACVB to organizationally change into the private, non profit organization, Visit San Antonio. Visit San Antonio is now the single organization charged with marketing the City leisure, convention and other types of visitors.
The San Antonio Tourism Council
The San Antonio Tourism Council represents members of all facets of the San Antonio Tourism industry. The role of the Council is to promote, protect and advocate for the Tourism Industry as a whole. Their members include hotels, theme parks, attractions, catering companies, transportation companies and more. When the Tourism Industry speaks with one voice, it speaks through the Tourism Council.