© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

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

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. 


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. 


  • 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