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The Source: Be Our Guest - SA's Hospitality Industry

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Hilton Palacio del Rio

One in Eight workers in San Antonio are employed in the Hospitality industry. That includes cooks, waiters, hotel clerks, tour guides and more. 

http://media.visitsanantonio.com/News/English/Travel-Tourism-Impact-Study-Reports-Tremendous-Gro

The economic impact of San Antonio’s hospitality industry has increased 66 percent from 2003 to 2013, representing $13.4 billion annually.

This is according to a new study of 2013 figures conducted by Trinity professors Richard V. Butler, Ph. D. and Mary E. Stefl, Ph. D.

With the Alamo City so dependent on tourism dollars - is that necessarily a good thing?

Are these mostly low paying jobs with few benefits and opportunities for advancement?

Meanwhile other major American cities are envious of San Antonio's tourism success. 

Guests

  • Richard Butler, Chair of the Business Department at Trinity University
  • Mary Stefl, Professor of Health Care Administration at Trinity University 
David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi