The City of San Antonio is the Tourism Capital of Texas. It attracts over 20 million tourists per year. In 2016, San Antonio ranked as the #2 Best Travel Destination in the World by Budget Travel. The Economic Impact Study that the San Antonio Tourism Council conducts every two years reveals that tourism contributes more than $10.7 billion to the local economy. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center alone hosts more than 300 events each year, and over 750,000 convention delegates from around the world.
The #1 attraction in San Antonio is The Alamo, an old fortress that represents for Texans their independence from the Mexican army. The Alamo is consider as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The City of San Antonio is also famous for the River Walk (Paseo del Rio), the second most visited attraction. It runs from the Museum Reach area all the way down to Downtown and provides access to stunning bike and walking paths. At the River Walk guests can visit numerous distinguish shops, bars, and restaurants.
In addition to these attractions, the City of San Antonio offers its guests the opportunity to discover the traditional food and culture by visiting the HemisFair Park (The Tower of the Americas), La Villita, and El Mercado. Other places to go to are the Wineries in Texas Hill Country, Sea World, The Shops at La Cantera, The Western Art Museum, and Six Flags.
The city has a diversified economy with about a $96.8 billion metropolitan Gross Domestic Product. The city’s growth industries include: Aerospace, Healthcare & Biosciences, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, and Hospitality and Entertainment.
The City of San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies: Valero Energy Corp, Tesoro Corp, USAA, CTS Brands Inc., iHeartMedia, Inc., and NuStar Energy. The 14th largest private company in the United States, H.E.B. is also headquartered in San Antonio.
San Antonio offers 31 higher education facilities including the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Texas A&M University.
San Antonio Top Ranks
- #1 Friendliest City in the US by Travel & Leisure (2016)
- #2 Best Travel Destination in the World by Budget Travel (2016)
- #3 Strongest Economic Metropolitan Area in Texas (San Antonio Economic Development Department (2012)
- #8 America’s Cities of the Future by Forbes (2016)
- #10 Best Cities to Develop a Small Business by citiesobserver (2016)
- ]#11 Strongest Economic Metropolitan Area in America by San Antonio Economic Development Department ((2012)
- #15 Best Market for Job Growth by Forbes (2015)