HITEC San Antonio 2020: A City Bursting with Culture, History and Modern Attractions

HITEC North America, the world’s largest hospitality technology conference and exhibition, may have already been around for the last 48 years, but it had yet to land in the city of San Antonio, Texas — until this year.

HITEC North America 2020 will take place June 15–18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. Spend four days exploring HITEC’s world-class exhibition, featuring more than 350 hospitality technology solution providers, and absorbing knowledge from leading industry experts on the most crucial topics and trends in your field today. And when you are done, spend some time getting to know the historically grand “Alamo City.”

As a top leisure destination in the United States, San Antonio offers an experience that stretches far beyond the conference room. You will enjoy a wide array of unforgettable attractions, history and culture that can’t be found anywhere else. From the historic landmarks to more than 50 area golf courses to theme parks and nightlife, San Antonio has something for everyone. 

Image “River Walk Duck” by Bob Howen via www.visitsanantonio.com

The San Antonio River Walk (pictured above) has been expanded twice in recent years, and each section offers unique experiences. In the heart of downtown, visitors can stroll along cypress-lined paths, dine al fresco or enjoy narrated tours on the city’s new fleet of electric river barges.

To the south of downtown, the Mission Reach links four of San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions. Aside from exploring the missions, visitors can hike, bike and kayak this stretch of the river. The missions, including the Alamo, were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.

Image “The Alamo Looking Up” © www.visitsanantonio.com

UNESCO also recently designated San Antonio a “Creative City of Gastronomy.” San Antonio is only the second city in the U.S. to earn this distinction, and the first in Texas. It’s further proof that no city blends food, culture, tradition and innovation quite like San Antonio.

The Museum Reach offers cultural and culinary immersion with museums, public art installations, and Pearl, an 1800’s-era brewery reincarnated into a contemporary urban district with boutiques, restaurants, a farmers market, Hotel Emma and the rousing Jazz, TX music venue.

Along Broadway Street, visitors will find many of San Antonio’s significant cultural attractions including the San Antonio Museum of Art, The DoSeum for kids, Brackenridge Park, Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio Botanical Garden and the McNay Art Museum.

Thrill seekers can enjoy exciting new rides at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World & Aquatica San Antonio and Morgan’s Wonderland.

And don’t forget to check out some of San Antonio’s newest additions including Ruby City, Confluence Park, San Pedro Cultural Park and the transformation occurring at Hemisfair, just to name a few. While at the Hemisfair Plaza, take an elevator up to the observation deck of the 750-foot tall Tower of Americas (pictured below) for panoramic views of the city.

Image “Tower of the Americas Day” © www.visitsanantonio.com

While out exploring, attendees can take advantage of San Antonio’s Show Us Your Badge program. Convention attendees can receive discounts and special offers at more than 50 restaurants and nightlife establishments in downtown San Antonio simply by showing their conference badge.

About HITEC San Antonio 2020

The four-day education program encapsulates the latest trends, the most pertinent best practices and, simply, the hottest topics in hospitality technology today. The educational sessions, led by top industry experts, will cover: the integration ecosystem, tech safety solutions, data-based decision-making, sustainability, emerging payment processes, smartphone applications, digital transformation, the future of the guest experience, 5G and much more.

The exhibit hall at HITEC will showcase the latest in hospitality technology from more than 350 exhibiting industry solution providers. For three days you can explore a vast array of products that include property management systems, cloud computing, guestroom controls, high speed Internet access, business intelligence, digital signage, network security and mobile apps — all brought together from around the world into one hall.

Register your interest to attend HITEC San Antonio 2020 online today. When you are done registering your interest, be sure to book your hotel and travel. See you in San Antonio this June.

Co-located in San Antonio: The HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference 2020

Club and hotel controllers will also be able to enjoy the beauty and culture of this Texas city when they attend the HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference 2020, which will be co-located with HITEC this June 15-17 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

This event brings together hospitality controllers and industry experts for two full days of hospitality specific education designed to help you focus on current and emerging issues, best practices and complex challenges. Registration will open soon, but be sure to book your hotel and travel today.

* Cover image “San Antonio Skyline – Night” © www.visitsanantonio.com

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