San Antonio, Air Canada Celebrate

A delegation of San Antonio tourism officials are in Toronto this week to promote Texas’ “City of the Alamo” and new daily, direct Air Canada service beginning May 1 from Toronto.

“This is a first and we’re very excited,” Dave Krupinski, of Visit San Antonio, told PressToday. “This is a big deal for us and we’re in it to work together with Air Canada.”

Cynthia Farrill of Air Canada told PressToday that the carrier is “investing in Texas” this year with other available routes including Austin (from Toronto), Houston (from Montreal) and Dallas (from Vancouver, Toronto and soon Montreal).

Air Canada’s Duncan Bureau noted that “size matters” in Texas and Air Canada is the largest operator into the Lone Star State.
San Antonio is home to Texas’ top two tourist attractions – the Alamo and the River Walk – and also boasts a burgeoning culinary scene which Krupinski likes to call “Tex Next.”

San Antonio, which will celebrate its 300th birthday in 2018, currently attracts about 60,000 Canadians a year.

“Agents can sell San Antonio with confidence,” said Krupinski. “For something new, San Antonio is a quick and easy trip. San Antonio delivers. Clients will come back and say ‘I’m so glad you recommended San Antonio to us.’”

A new hot spot in the city is the Pearl district, an historic brewery complex offering dining, shopping, a farmers’ market and event space. The converted Pearl brewery is now home to the unique Hotel Emma.

Pictured at a trade luncheon in Toronto yesterday (April 27) are (l-r) Russ Handy, San Antonio Aviation Department, Krupinski, musician Pedro Govea, Bureau, and San Antonio chef and restauranteur Diana Barrios Trevino.

For more on San Antonio, watch for upcoming issues of Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier.