Happy Holidays from the SACVB!

Casandra Matej FamilyHappy holidays partners and friends! All of us at your SACVB are wishing you and yours a warm and wonderful season.  The Matej family has been busy getting ready to celebrate – and taking advantage of as much as we can to do and see in our beautiful city. It amazes me what a flurry of festivals, events, crafts markets, musical presentations, culinary gatherings, and more happen in San Antonio over the holidays – what a great time of year to promote to our visitors!

We attended the Ford River Walk Lighting and Parade – and what wonderful memories that made for our young ones (and us!). Sometimes, it is through a child’s eyes, that you can see just how special something really is.  We wanted to share a link to our holiday page, that promotes the season’s happenings to visitors, and encourage you to forward this on to your customers and friends as well.

Holiday River ParadeOur Convention Sales & Services team is just back from very successful “Tamale Lift” to key clients in Austin, Dallas, and some of our locally-based customers  – where we continued the wonderful (and tasty!) tradition of bringing tamales to our clients. Our thanks to the 30 partners who joined us this year for the Tamale Lift!

On another note, I hope you were able to catch the finale of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which premiered last week and ran again this past weekend – showcasing the best of San Antonio dolled up for the holidays to more than a combined audience of 7,729,346 viewers. Congrats to our Marketing & Communications team who worked on this last year so it would magically appear just in time for the holidays this year. We salute the Wounded Warriors who were featured, and thank Morgan’s Wonderland, the Paseo del Rio, and many others who helped us re-created the holiday river parade for the TV shoot.

Not sure where to take the kids for some extra holiday fun or have family in town? SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration , Wonderland Christmas at Morgan’s Wonderland and Fiesta Texas’s Holiday in the Park is the perfect way to have a great time with the whole family. Sip some hot cocoa, enjoy all the holiday themed shows and lights our wonderful theme parks have to offer. Some wonderful photo opportunities include the Christmas tree in front of Alamo Plaza, our tree at Main Plaza or on a romantic horse-drawn carriage!  Explore our new holiday Lights on a river cruiser while enjoying a very educational tour of our River Walk.

And, of course, San Antonio is getting ready to be overrun by Longhorn and Beaver fans for the 20th Annual Valero Alamo Bowl! What a great way to close out the year and top it off with Celebrate San Antonio! If you watch the game, you will see new destination television spots we have placed as part of our partnership with the Alamo Bowl to maximize the outstanding national coverage the game brings to San Antonio.

Like you, it gives us great pleasure to see our visitors – their families and friends – enjoying the magic of a San Antonio holiday. So, from our family to yours, happy holidays and we look forward to an awesome 2013 with all of you!  Click on this link for a special holiday message from the SACVB!

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