• San Antonio Named One Of the Top Markets For Meetings And Events

    POSTED January 29, 2017

San Antonio landed the top spot on Meetings and Conventions magazine’s Top 20 Meeting Cities in 2016 list.

The city has many venues for meeting planners. Hotel Contessa, a AAA Four Diamond hotel, has partnered with The Briscoe Western Art Museum to build a unique Texan experience for their guests.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, located on the Riverwalk (just steps away from the hotel), features exhibitions and educational programs that highlight the region’s history. The partnership with Hotel allows for guests to truly experience the culture of the city. It also offers groups the possibility of hosting events at the museum and catering events at Hotel Contessa.

Hotel Contessa offers 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, with 11 conference rooms and includes an executive board room, a 2,277-square-foot ballroom, and a 1,600-square-foot Cypress Room. The Briscoe Museum offers an extra 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.

Results from the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) 2022 Incentive Travel Destination Preferences & Their Impact on Motivation confirmed that interest in incentive travel as a motivating sales reward is at an all-time high. 91% of 405 survey respondents described group incentive travel as extremely or very motivating compared to 80% last year. Individual incentive travel was rated even higher as a motivational award at 96% versus 84% last year. 


Everybody loves to talk about welcoming change. Then change happens, and whew, it’s tough. After the past few years, meetings and events professionals certainly appreciate that feeling, but they’re also feeling energized by so many new ways for attendees to gather. 


The corporate world spends an estimated $242 billion on gifts for employees and customers, according to Forbes. Wouldn’t it be rewarding if the purchasing and giving of these types of gifts offered meaningful work for veterans, women, and their children?