As a long time resident of San Antonio I know that most people in Texas and the Southwest think of San Antonio as a great vacation destination, which is a great compliment for our city.
It’s especially relevant now because we are in the middle of National Travel and Tourism Week. This week was designated back in 1983 to celebrate all that travel and tourism does for local and national economies.
Think about it: You go out to eat and you spend money locally. That’s nice, but it’s local money being circulated through the local economy. Now, someone from elsewhere comes here for business or pleasure, and they end up spending money in restaurants, at tourist attractions and at hotels. That’s NEW money coming into the local economy.
According to the Travel Industry Association of America, travel and tourism is a $1.7 trillion dollar industry in the United States. Travel and tourism generates $115 billion in tax revenue for federal, state and local governments. Without that tax revenue, each household would pay $988 in additional taxes.
It’s easy to take for granted a lot of the things that make San Antonio so special for travelers. So when family or friends come to visit, enjoy the city as a visitor would; a barge cruise on the River Walk, tour one of the wineries just north of San Antonio, join in one of the upcoming lavender festivals, or find a new favorite restaurant, and enjoy our city as a visitor would. Travel enriches our lives. I look forward to visiting with you when travel brings you to every Texan’s 2nd home, San Antonio!
San Antonio is all about Warm Heart…Authentic Culture!