Other major hotels include the Grand
Hyatt San Antonio, with 1,003 guest rooms
and more than 115,000 square feet of meeting space; San Antonio Marriott Rivercen-ter with 1,001 guest rooms and more than
63,000 square feet of meeting space; Hyatt
Regency San Antonio Riverwalk with 629
guest rooms and more than 40,000 square
feet of meeting space; and San Antonio
Marriott Riverwalk with 512 guest rooms
and more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space.
According to Matej, a number of major
projects are underway that will have an
impact on the visitor experience.
“Hemisfair, the site of the 1968 World’s
Fair, is undergoing a dramatic renovation,
Matej said. “The new development is just
steps from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and will include a new 14-story
hotel, eight-story office tower, new retail
shops and restaurants, as well as additional
Other major developments include
the continuation of the San Pedro Creek
Culture Park project, which opened this
year as part of San Antonio’s Tricentennial
festivities and will span 2.2 miles through
downtown once completed in 2020.
“We’re also looking forward to significant
improvements at La Villita, a historic area
along the River Walk that dates back to the
18th century,” Matej said. “The City of San
Antonio has pledged $4.4 million to the
project, which will include new restaurants
from three prominent San Antonio chefs,
Johnny Hernandez, Steve McHugh and
Elizabeth Johnson. Each restaurant will
Meeting planners considering San
Antonio should be sure to check out Visit
San Antonio’s Synchronicities partnership
with Anaheim, Calif., and Baltimore, which
allows for rate discounts when booking
the three cities as part of a rotation, for
The rolling expanse of the Texas Hill
Country nearest to San Antonio features a
few top-flight group-ready resorts: Hyatt
Regency Hill Country Resort, La Cantera
Resort & Spa and JW Marriott San Antonio
Hill Country Resort & Spa.
One interesting option capitalizing on
the “glamping” trend—think camping, but
with all the comforts of a hotel stay—is
offered at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country
Resort and Spa, which is located about 20
minutes from downtown San Antonio.
Attendees can savor the Hill Country
in luxury at the resort’s Henry’s Hollow
outdoor meeting venue, complete with
crystal chandeliers hung from oak trees,
string lights, lanterns and draped curtains,
Describe your event.
The Society of Critical Care Medicine
(SCCM) is the largest nonprofit healthcare
organization dedicated to promoting
excellence and consistency in the
practice of critical care. With members
in more than 100 countries, SCCM is
the only organization that represents all
professional components of the critical
care team. The Society offers a variety
of activities that ensures excellence in
patient care, education, research and
advocacy. The 2018 SCCM Annual
Congress, held in San Antonio February
25-28, 2018, brought together nearly
6,000 attendees from around the world.
SCCM Congress attendees participated
in a variety of educational sessions
featuring presentations by experts
across disciplines on a wide array of
clinical and research topics, in hands-on
workshops and interactive debates led by
internationally renowned faculty.
Why did you decide to host the event
in San Antonio?
The convention center expansion had
ample exhibit and meeting space for
the SCCM Congress. It was also very
convenient for SCCM attendees to stay
in hotels that were within easy walking
distance to the convention center.
What surprised you the most about
The last time the SCCM Congress was
held in San Antonio was in 2003.
We were happy to see the variety of
restaurants that had been added along the
River Walk and in quaint neighborhoods
close to the convention center and hotels.
What did your attendees seem to
enjoy the most about San Antonio?
First-time attendees to San Antonio
enjoyed the unique River Walk lined with
restaurants and quaint hotels and stores,
and the Pearl complex, in addition to a
visit to the historic Alamo.
Was anybody particularly helpful?
The entire staff at the convention center
and visitors bureau were very friendly and
What other types of groups would fit
well with San Antonio?
Any group requiring ample meeting space
at a convention center, with quick access
to an adjoining headquarters hotel, would
be a good fit in San Antonio.
Do you have any advice for planners
bringing a meeting to San Antonio?
While the space at the convention center
is plentiful, try to schedule similar events
close together, in one part of the building.
While we needed all the space in the
building, it was difficult for the attendees
to navigate through the space quickly.
Provide clear directions on how to get
from one side of the building to the other.
Would you return?
The SCCM is considering a return in
Pamela S. Dallstream // Director of Education //
Society of Critical Care Medicine // Mt. Prospect, Ill.
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