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San Antonio

The Alamo began as an 18th-century Roman Catholic mission for the education of local Native Americans, long before the fabled battle between the Mexican and Texan armies in 1836.

San Antonio
The city' Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is set to undergo a $325 million expansion that will increase its contiguous exhibit space to more than 500,000 square feet by 2016. The project also will create more breakout space, including a 50,000-square-foot ballroom. The convention center will remain open during construction.

The 485-room Hilton Palacio Del Rio recently completed a $34 million renovation of its guest rooms. The property currently is refurbishing its 27,000 square feet of meeting space, with work set to finish by September.

The 165-room Éilan Hotel Resort & Spa opened in San Antonio' Hill Country earlier this year. The property is part of Éilan, a 120-acre mixed-used development that includes residences and retail outlets. The resort features six private gardens and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 632-room Hyatt Regency San Antonio last year underwent a $30 million renovation of its guest rooms, public spaces, and 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

In May, SeaWorld San Antonio opened Aquatica, an 18-acre aquatic park featuring up-close animal experiences and raft rides as well as several pools and beaches. A special pool is provided for visitors to wade among stingrays.

Pedal Power
Access San Antonio's new B-Cycle bike share program via sanantonio.bcycle.com

Meeting Hotels
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.

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

Alamodome; exhibit space, 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

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

Group VenueGuenther House
Guenther House,
 a former private mansion built in 1860, can  be rented for groups of up to 200. Meetings and receptions can be hosted in the arbor, which holds 150. Up to 70 can use the top floor, with a terrace overlooking the San Antonio River. (210) 227-1061

ContactSan Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, (866) 517-7779