Alongside exotic destinations like the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires and the African nation of Zambia, San Antonio has been crowned by Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the 50 best places to travel in 2018.
The Travel+Leisure accolade comes on the heels of National Geographic Traveler magazine adding San Antonio to its lineup of the 21 must-visit destinations for 2018. San Antonio is one of only three U.S. cities among the 21 destinations.
Reacting to the nod from National Geographic Traveler, Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit San Antonio, called the Alamo City “one of the most authentic, culturally celebrated destinations in the world.” San Antonio draws more than 34 million visitors a year.
Travel+Leisure offers a litany of reasons to visit San Antonio next year, including the debut of the $13 million Confluence Park on January 17, completion of the $16 million Ruby City art museum in late 2018, and the year-long commemoration of the city’s 300th anniversary.
“We are looking forward to welcoming and celebrating along with visitors to San Antonio on this historic and significant moment in our city’s history," says Matej. "[This] will be a significant year as we proudly kick off our tricentennial and welcome in the next 300 years of San Antonio’s evolution.”
Travel+Leisure also takes note of several tourist-friendly advancements in Alamo City over the past several months, such as the opening of the $22 million expansion at the San Antonio Botanical Garden; the premiere of the city’s first food hall at the Pearl mixed-use development; and the replacement of old gas-fueled passenger barges along the River Walk with colorful electric-powered boats.
The magazine adds that soon-to-open boutique lodging properties such as the $116 million Thompson San Antonio Hotel and the 100-room Saint Hotel San Antonio “hint that San Antonio’s heyday is just beginning.”