by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 01, 2012
San Antonio
The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will undergo a $325 million expansion. Contiguous exhibit space will grow to more than 500,000 square feet, and a 50,000-square-foot ballroom will be added. The facility will remain open during the work, which will finish in 2016. Currently, the center offers more than 440,000 square feet of exhibit space, 192,000 square feet of meeting space and three ballrooms. A new 29,000-square-foot outdoor space opened last November.

The 485 rooms at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio have been renovated as part of a $34 million project. Work now is under way on a $7 million upgrade of the hotel's 27,000 square feet of meeting space, which will finish up in September.
 
Éilan Hotel Resort SpaThe 165-room Éilan Hotel Resort & Spa has opened in the Hill Country. Amen­i­ties include a fitness center, a spa with 10 treatment rooms, 26,617 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant.

Meeting Hotels
Major meeting properties include the 1,003-room Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 1,002-room JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, 1,001-room Marriott Rivercenter, 629-room Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, 512-room Marriott Riverwalk, 508-room Westin La Cantera Resort, 500-room Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, 485-room Hyatt Palacio del Rio, 473-room Westin Riverwalk and 410-room Crowne Plaza Riverwalk.

Find more hotels and meeting facilities at mcvenues.com.

Convention Centers
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; exhibit space, 440,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 67; (877) 504-8895

Alamodome; exhibit space, approx­imately 160,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 16; (210) 207-3663

Airport Transit
San Antonio International Airport, about eight miles north of downtown. Transfer cost to downtown by taxi, $25-$29; by shuttle, $18

Taxes
Room tax, 16.75%; sales tax, 8.125%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16.75%

Group Venue
A top restaurant in the city serves steak in traditional Brazilian style. Fogo de Chão's "gaucho chefs" cut churrasco tableside, making for a festive and filling evening for up to 130 diners. (210) 227-1700

Contact
San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, (210) 207-6700 or (800) 447-3372