Each year, nearly thirty million people visit San Antonio - Texas' second most populous city and the nation's seventh - drawn in by such attractions as the historic Alamo Mission, the scenic River Walk, and a range of art museums and theme parks. In addition, each year, the city hosts the Fiesta San Antonio spring festival. This tourism industry provides the city with approximately one in eight of its jobs, as well as billions of dollars each year.
Another major industry in San Antonio's diversified economy is defense, as the city is home to one of the largest concentrations of US armed forces' facilities in the country. The city also has a large healthcare industry, including the 900-acre South Texas Medical Center. As one would expect of a Texas city, San Antonio's economy includes a significant oil and gas sector, evidenced in the city being home to the head offices of four Fortune 500 petroleum-related companies; namely Valero Energy, Tesoro, CST Brands, and NuStar Energy. San Antonio's other two Fortune 500 companies are USAA - a part of the city's large financial services industry - and the mass media company iHeartMedia.
Cvent calls San Antonio the 15th best meeting destinations in the entire country, a high ranking earned in part through the city's multitude of venues for conventions and exhibitions. The AT&T Center is an indoor arena which opened in 2002, taking over from the adjacent Freeman Coliseum as the home of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest livestock shows in the US. The city also has the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the connected Grand Hyatt San Antonio hotel, as well as smaller venues such as the Norris Conference Center.
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Office Space and Business Services
San Antonio was the fastest growing of the ten most populous US cities from 2000 to 2010, and has a very active, large, and diversified economy. Both the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation are dedicated to further improving the economic climate. These and other organizations can offer assistance to businesses moving to or expanding in the city, who will find no shortage of business services and locations. You can also find available office space here.
The downtown business district is only approximately eight miles south of the San Antonio International Airport, which is serviced by taxis, a private shuttle service, and a bus line. The city also has a bike-sharing service, a metropolitan bus system, and the San Antonio Amtrak Station, but no intra-city rail system.
Useful Information and Services
Visit San Antonio
San Antonio Chamber
San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
San Antonio Business Centers & Services