|San Antonio Tourism News
The most exciting season in Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ history begins Opening Weekend, February 27 and 28. The park is also open daily for Spring Break, March 5-20. Join us for the best in world-class thrills, entertaining shows, and fun-filled adventures for the whole family! Enjoy exhilarating favorites such as the hybrid coaster Iron Rattler and SUPERMAN Krypton Coaster! Visit sixflags.com for ticket information and hours.
For your new favorite thrills, check out BATMAN™: The Ride, the world’s first 4D free-fly coaster. This Fiesta Texas fan-favorite celebrates its’ second year towering over Rockville. Ride up the elevator-style lift and soar beyond the confines of the track to experience a feeling like no other in the world.
Our fun family shows include the return of #iPoP and Vinyl Countdown and the new From Memphis to Motown. #iPoP presents top pop mega hits, set in Teatro Fiesta, and opens with the beloved, “Uptown Funk,” then showcases current sounds on the charts including “Shut Up and Dance” and “Break Free.” Vinyl Countdown, a mega-mix performance, features songs from the ‘80s, ‘90s and today such as “California Girls,” “Jump,” and “Can’t Touch This” performed in the Zaragoza Theatre. Our newest production in Sangerfest Halle, From Memphis to Motown, begins March 5 and features a fast-paced selection of songs including soulful classics such as “Proud Mary,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” and “Soul Man.” For the younger set, the Looney Tunes characters will also appear on the Kidzopolis stage for special meet-and-greet opportunities.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16, Fiesta Texas is featuring special meet-and-greet opportunities with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. These famous superheroes are available on both days from 11 AM to 7 PM.
To extend the excitement throughout the year, prepare for sensory overload as three new mind-bending rides anchor an exciting new Fiesta Bay Boardwalk set to debut early this summer. Guests will experience a triple threat of thrills new high-adrenaline rides: Fireball, featuring a massive 7-story looping frenzy; Hurricane Force 5, where riders take on the power of a storm and swirl round-and-round while soaring high into the air; and Spinsanity, the ultimate whirling adventure for daredevil riders.
Experience the thrills of Six Flags Fiesta Texas all year with a 2016 Season Pass. Purchase a Season Pass four-pack today and receive one free Fiesta Texas Season Parking Pass.
Purchase your 2016 Season Pass online now at sixflags.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Los Barrios Family Restaurant
9660 Westover Hills Blvd (near SeaWorld)
LOTS OF ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES WITH SPECIAL GUESTS FROM SEAWORLD, SIX FLAGS, WITTE MUSEUM, DOSEUM, WAX MUSEUM AND MANY AREA ATTRACTIONS……..LOTS OF FUN SURPRISES AND APPEARANCES BY CHARACTERS AND ZOO ANIMALS……
FOOD, MUSIC, FUN, SILENT AUCTION
$25 INCLUDES A FAJITA BUFFET DINNER
Children 6 and Under – Free
Cash Bar features Beer, Wine & Margaritas
Music by HENRY BRUN
Donation of non-perishable food items for the San Antonio Food Bank
will be appreciated.
Proceeds from this event help the San Antonio Food Bank and annual scholarships given to St. Philip’s College Department of Tourism and Culinary Studies.
WHENSunday, April 3, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) –
WHERE Viola’s Ventanas – 9660 Westover Hills Boulevard San Antonio, TX 78251 –
OR CALL LINDA WINCHESTER AT (210) 886-9991
The San Antonio Area Tourism Council (SAATC) proudly announces Steve Atkins as the 2016 Chairman of the Board of Directors. Atkins is the President/CEO of The Atkins Group, one of the region’s fastest growing brand communications agencies, and leader and member of the SAATC for more than 15 years.
Atkins, alongside vice chairman Neal Thurman, CEO of Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and secretary / treasurer Davis Phillips, president of Phillips Entertainment, Inc., will lead the Council to achieve prioritized goals for the advancement of travel and tourism business in San Antonio and surrounding areas.
“A long-time members of the council and leader within the travel and tourism industry, Steve will undoubtedly prove a successful Chairman for the council and its associated businesses leaders throughout the city,” said Marco A. Barros, President and CEO of the San Antonio Area Tourism Council. “Our efforts to broaden the council’s scope and relationships with key community stakeholders will be expedited by Steve’s impeccable leadership skills and profound understanding of the City of San Antonio and the travel and tourism industry as a whole.”
Founded in 1995, the San Antonio Area Tourism Council is a private sector organization comprised of hotels, attractions, museums, restaurants and other industry enterprises that rely on tourists directly or indirectly for all or part of their business. The SAATC was developed to assist with various issues and programs to develop the tourism industry in the San Antonio area and is managed by a Board of Directors who represents all segments of the industry. The council’s primary areas of interest including lobbying and protecting the tourism industry in San Antonio with a clear mission to promote and support the development of the visitor industry while preserving and enhancing the special character of the City of San Antonio.
The council’s top goals and prioritizations for 2016 include, but are not limited to, broadening the council’s scope and relationships in the community among key decision makers; recruiting new corporate business members; stimulating a collaborative spirit between the visitor and the industry; leading, promoting and protecting the travel industry and its members; and, determining how to assist the travel community in elevating the average GDP of citizens, so that collective buying power is amplified.
“I’m honored to serve as the 2016 Chairman of the SAATC Board of Directors as we begin the continuation of city growth and development, specifically in the travel and tourism sector,” said 2016 Chairman of the San Antonio Area Tourism Council Board Steve Atkins. “As a native San Antonian and local business owner, I’m excited to elevate the board and council to new heights to continue advancing San Antonio brands and businesses for the betterment of our community and its citizens.”
Other, newly appointed members of the 2016 SAATC Board include Frank Miceli, CVC Chair – Vice President at San Antonio Sports and Entertainment; Bill Petrella, Chair of SA Hotel Association – General Manager at Westin Riverwalk Hotel; Carlos Contreras, Ex Officio (Airport) – Assistant City Manager of City of San Antonio; Clay Stewart, Board Member – General Manager for Ripley’s San Antonio; David Strainge, Board Member – President of Double Decker Tours San Antonio; Jeff Goldblatt, Board Member – Vice President of at the Witte Museum; Kimberly Straughan, Ex Officio – Chair for Alamo Area Hospitality Assocation 2016; Pat DiGiovanni, Ex Officio – President & CEO of Centro San Antonio; and, Ripton Melhado, Board Member – General Manager of Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The San Antonio Area Tourism Council is a private sector organization comprised of hotels, attractions, museums, car rentals agencies, airlines, restaurants, transportation companies, tour operators, meeting planners, vendors and suppliers to the industry and other enterprises that rely on tourists directly or indirectly for all or part of their business. Our mission is to promote and support the development of the visitor industry while preserving and enhancing the special character of the city and surrounding area.
Thai Topaz has opened its newest location in Castle Hills, offering the same great, healthy food in a modern setting. Known as the “Home of the Spicy Mango Delight”, Thai Topaz not only serves classic Thai dishes such as Pad Thai, Pad See Ewe, Tom Kha Soup, Yum Salads, and Thai Curries to introduce our guests to Thailand’s, world-renowned cuisine, but also created customer-favorite, original recipes such as the Spicy Basil Fried Rice, Emerald Salmon, Thai Topaz Broccoli and Red Curry Mussels.
The essence of our Thai cuisine lies in the spices, fresh herbs and fresh produce we grow and purchase almost daily. Herbs such as lemongrass, basil, mint, and kaffir lime leaves are grown in our garden and used in the dishes we cook-to-order for our guests. Our dishes are freshly prepared and crafted to appeal to all tastes and dietary needs (e.g. gluten-friendly, vegetarian, vegan, etc.), combining the best flavors, textures, colors and presentation.
Always focusing on healthier alternatives, we’re the first Thai restaurant in San Antonio to introduce Thai Herbal Teas, brewing herbs and flowers that are known for its natural, healing properties. To end that perfect meal with our version of a simple, “healthy/guilty” pleasure, guests can always enjoy our homemade, seasonal ice creams for dessert, which are made with real fruits such as mango, strawberry, cantaloupe, pineapple, avocado, etc.
David, engineer-turned-restaurateur, followed in his in-laws’ footsteps after managing and operating their Medical Center location and plans to continue the success they have established in San Antonio since 2005. His goal for this new location is to continue introducing the city of San Antonio to the art and flavors of Thai Cuisine but also to the Thai culture in a more upscale, modern environment at an affordable price for all to enjoy. The restaurant was created and designed with these elements in mind, from the intricate, Thai wood-carving decorations placed throughout to the intimate seating arrangement and the three private banquet rooms to accommodate small parties or meetings of six to thirty people – perfect for any special occasion and the upcoming holiday season.
2177 NW Military Hwy
Castle Hills, TX 78213
Phone: (210) 290-9833
The San Antonio Zoo is celebrating its centennial “Zootennial” in 2014!
For one hundred years, the Zoo has provided remarkable animal care and continues to nurture a diverse and thriving plant collection, while consistently offering a recreational and educational experience to over one million guests annually. The Zoo is a non-profit organization and is one of only 223 zoos in the nation, which is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Open 365 days a year. Seniors over the age of 62 and children ages 3 – 11 are $9.50. Adults ages 12 and older are $12.00. Children two and younger are free. Family memberships start at $70. To support the Zoo and be a part of our Zootennial celebration, visit the Zoo’s website at http://sazoo.org/zootennial or join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sazooaq
Happy Birthday to one of OUR members of the San Antonio Tourism Council!
Volaris Airlines Starts New Nonstop to Guadalajara from San Antonio International
San Antonio marks the first entry into Texas for Volaris.
Volaris announced today it will begin new nonstop service from
San Antonio to Guadalajara, Jalisco. Volaris will offer twice‐weekly nonstop service between
Guadalajara and San Antonio beginning December 14. This route represents the 27th destination that
the airline operates from its hub city of Guadalajara. San Antonio marks Volaris’ first entry into Texas
and its 12th market in the United States.
“The addition of Guadalajara as the fifth Mexican destination with nonstop service from San Antonio
International Airport reflects the rapid progress we are making to enhance cultural and economic ties
with our city’s biggest trade partner,” Mayor Julián Castro said. “I am looking forward to a successful
partnership with Volaris.”
Volaris CEO, Enrique Beltranena, recognizes the importance of the market segment targeted by the new
flight. “The segment of travelers visiting friends and family between the US and Mexico is the largest of
its kind in the world, which is why it becomes critical to satisfy the demand for this much needed service
on both sides of the border, offering flights at outstanding fares and backed by high quality services.”
Flights will depart from Guadalajara at 11:40 a.m., arrive in San Antonio at 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday and
Saturday, and depart from San Antonio at 2:45 p.m. and arrive at in Guadalajara 4:45 p.m.
Volaris started operations in 2006 and has Mexico’s youngest fleet, made up of aircraft averaging 4
years in service from the Airbus A319 and A320 families. Currently, Volaris operates a fleet of 41 Boeing
737‐300 airplanes that are equipped with the latest technology, providing leather seating and greater
Tickets can be purchased now through their website, http://www.volaris.com/en/.
What is Broadway Reach?
The Broadway Reach is comprised of the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Park Conservancy and the Witte Museum—vital institutions along Broadway that share a common goal of bringing education, culture and entertainment to our community. These organizations unite in the creation of the Broadway Reach, a cultural destination linked by Broadway Street, offering an exciting mixture of activities for San Antonio’s residents and visitors.
Broadway Reach offers a joint ticketing: Broadway Reach pass (a heavy discounted pass) is available in adult and child rates granting general admission for a seven-day period to all seven institutions for one affordable price! One time visit per attraction.
The Broadway Reach is a regional destination encompassing a wide array of opportunities to enjoy art, history, nature and more. The initiative seeks to promote collaboration among the city’s cultural institutions and improve the quality of life for our citizens.
The Broadway Reach pass is available online and at each institution beginning June 1 and is $44 for adults and $22 for children (12 and younger); and allows general admission into each museum within a seven day time period. The Pass is also available at the City’s Visitor Center at 317 Alamo Plaza (open 7 days), right across from The Alamo.
The purpose of the World Heritage Convention is to enhance worldwide understanding and appreciation and international cooperation for heritage conservation. It is also to recognize and preserve a relatively small number of exceptional natural and cultural properties around the world that have been formally determined to possess outstanding universal value to humanity. The United States was a primary architect of the World Heritage Convention and led the efforts to develop the treaty establishing the Convention and was its first signatory when the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty 95-0 on October 26, 1973. The World Heritage Convention has been viewed by many as the global expression of the American National Park ideal. The United States has continuously maintained a leadership role in the work of the Convention, including serving multiple terms on the World Heritage Committee, the governing body of 21 countries elected from among the nations that have signed the Convention. The U.S. is not currently a member of the committee.
In terms of nations, the World Heritage Convention, with 189 signatories, is the most nearly universal treaty for cultural preservation and nature conservation in human history. World Heritage Sites are extremely exceptional cultural and natural properties nominated voluntarily by signatory nations, which are then approved by the World Heritage Committee. As of March 2012, there were 962 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List in 157 countries. It is not to be expected that World Heritage listing will ever be common. The criteria are exceptionally demanding.
In the U.S., there are currently 21 World Heritage Sites, notably including Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Independance Hall, and the Statue of Liberty. Two transborder sites are listed jointly with Canada.
U.S. Domestic Legal Effects of World Heritage listing
Nomination to and inclusion in the World Heritage List represents the formal pledge by the United States to itself and to the international community to take all steps necessary to protect a property, including regular reports on its condition, but U.S. and state laws and regulations affecting the property are not superseded or abrogated. Rather, World Heritage listing affirms existing U.S. law. Domestic legal and management structures that will assure the protection of the property are a prerequisite for inscription. The World Heritage Committee does not have judicial authority to compel a national government and site managers to take specific actions. The Committee has only advisory authority and the power of persuasion. The Committee’s only real sanction is deletion of a site from the World Heritage List—which, as of 2012, has happened only twice in the 40-year history of the Convention.
Some Benefits of World Heritage Listing
• The publicity that accompanies World Heritage listing and the placement of World Heritage plaques has led to increased tourism at almost all sites, often to the benefit of the economies of surrounding areas.
• International organizations and national governments and foundations often give priority to World Heritage Sites in providing financial and technical assistance. In recent years, such sources of assistance have been quite substantial when compared to the limited amounts provided by the World Heritage Committee through the World Heritage Fund. This has happened in substantial part because World Heritage listing attests not only to the international importance of the site, but also to the commitment of the nation in which it is situated to protect it.
• Cooperative efforts to assist World Heritage Sites have not attracted nearly as much publicity as the controversial debates over how to protect a few threatened sites, but it is clear that World Heritage listings have encouraged international cooperation and assistance and outcomes beneficial to World Heritage Sites, especially at lesser known sites and in countries needing financial resources or information exchange to care for their World Heritage sites.
San Antonio International Airport (SAT) now has over 60 weekly flights to Mexico, a 161% increase in 1 year. Thank you to the great service by Aeromexico, Interjet, VivaAerobus plus additional service from AirTran and United. We have non stop service to Mexico City (DF), Cancun and Monterrey. Thank you to Mayor Julian Castro and the Aviation Department for making personal calls to airlines last September. THANK YOU!
Watch for the new service to Seattle to start in early September by Alaska Airlines and also to St. Louis by Southwest Airlines.