Visit San Antonio: Destination Sales & Experience, August 2020
Convention Sales Production:
- July production – Eight bookings worth 13,469 room nights.
- July Lead Production
- 53 Leads worth 86,485 total room nights.
- Citywide Cancellations:
- 56 groups, representing more than 329,249 total room nights and 390,655 attendees. Economic impact of $221,966,337.
During recent months, we have hosted several virtual client engagement efforts. In addition to the virtual engagements we have already completed, we held several tasting events in partnership with Becker Vineyards and William Chris Vineyards. For these events, our customers learned how these Texas winemakers grow and make their wines. In addition, we hosted a Bourbon and Burgers customer event in partnership with Pedrotti’s Ranch.
Site Visits Go Hybrid
A hybrid planning site visit was held July 28-30 for the Tyler Technologies team. A mixture of both in-person as well as remote participants met for three days to view venues and hotels, tour the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and make logistical decisions for their April 2021 program. A key factor of the success of this hybrid visit was the new Threshold 360 site-planning tool that we added earlier this year during the early phases of the pandemic. All partners of Visit San Antonio were given an opportunity to have complimentary 360-degree video tours taken of their properties. This new asset was invaluable in helping us showcase 16 venue properties for their off-site events. Other enhancements that made this visit both unique and safer were the installation of the new Wello thermal scanners at the convention center entrance, the KONE escalator UV-C Light Technology handrail sanitization technology, contactless fixtures in the venue amenity areas, as well the increase in hand-sanitization stations. We look forward to welcoming back the team in September for their final planning site visit meeting.
Summer Client Engagement Events
On July 23, Visit San Antonio joined the team at Pedrotti’s Ranch, along with PSAV, for a bourbon-fueled cooking demo. This savory lunch-and-learn featured everything you need to know about grilling the perfect burger as well as how to make your own butter-bourbon-glazed grilled peaches and a signature cocktail called Hill Country Dreaming.
On Aug. 13, The Witte Museum and Visit San Antonio, along with PSAV, hosted a fun and educational lunch and learn titled, “Dressing for the Job.” Demonstrations by the talented Vaquero Josh include the practical and protective uses for chaps, boots, hats, bandanas and more. It is fun for the whole family!
You can catch both virtual experiences on the blog page of the new meetings website!