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San Antonio Tourism Skyrockets During Spring Break

Louisa Jonas
Texas Public Radio

San Antonio is the No.1 tourist destination in the state and that's obvious during spring break, which brings in revenue for the city.  One of the most popular attractions this week is the San Antonio Zoo.


Rebecca Schloss and her family are visiting from College Station with another family.  Her daughters Hazel and Ruby are riding the zoo’s carousel.


“We’ve heard wonderful things about the zoo environment, especially the big open spaces and the beautiful trees,” Schloss says.  “And there are lots of fun new babies here at the zoo to look at, the jaguars in particular.”


During spring break, the zoo has more visitors in nine days than it does in a normal operating month.  The zoo relies heavily on admission sales for revenue.  


Richard Oliver is the director of partner and community relations at Visit San Antonio.  He says 70 percent of tourists in San Antonio each year come from Texas.  Aside from the zoo, Oliver says some of the most popular spring break attractions are SeaWorld, Six Flags-Fiesta Texas, Morgan’s Wonderland, the Alamo and the River Walk. 

Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.