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Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Constructed to complement the famous River Walk that hugs its perimeter, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is an architectural vision with hacienda-inspired archways and multicultural artwork in downtown San Antonio. The 1.3-million-square-foot facility has 440,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, three ballrooms, and 67 meeting rooms, and it is adjacent to a 2,300-seat theater and the Alamodome. A $325 million expansion and renovation project slated for completion in 2015 will add 70,000 square feet of exhibiting space and enhance the HGCC's functionality, creating another iconic destination in a city already brimming with legendary U.S. attractions.
Where to Sleep
Situated three blocks from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the award-winning Mokara Hotel and Spa is a traveler favorite for boutique luxury, and the Riverwalk Vista Inn is a stylish but economical option for those on a budget. There are 3,000 hotel rooms within a block of the HGCC, and more than 13,000 rooms at all price points are within walking distance.
What to Eat
Lunch fare is abundant and diverse on the River Walk located just outside the doors of the HGCC, though locals head to nearby Shilo's Delicatessen for its enormously popular German cuisine. Impress clients with dinner at the ultra-chic Restaurant Gwendolyn, or entertain large or small groups at the Fig Tree Restaurant, where a terrace overlooks the River Walk.
How to Get There
The San Antonio International Airport is located 8 miles from downtown, and taxi fare is approximately $29. Go Airport Shuttle provides service to downtown for $19 each way or $34 round trip (www.citytoursinc.com), though a number of downtown hotels provide free shuttle service. The HGCC does not have its own parking facility, but there are ramps in the vicinity that charge $9 to $25 per day.
Exhibitors must use the HGCC's rigging provider for items weighing more than 250 pounds, and they may choose from one of three electrical providers. The San Antonio Police Department provides all security services. Texas is a right-to-work state, and union labor is not required. Event organizers may identify exclusive providers for work not performed by the venue's providers.
The RK Group is the facility's exclusive caterer, and no outside food or beverage is permitted except for individual candies. Exhibitors may be allowed to pay a fee and obtain a waiver for this restriction if the item they want to serve is not available through the caterer. The HGCC's business center is operated by the UPS Store, which can provide printing and copying as well as drayage services.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the entrance lobby only. Wi-Fi is available throughout the venue for a fee from the exclusive provider, Smart City Holdings LLC.
Exhibitors holding raffles that require the purchase of a ticket must gain prior approval from the HGCC. Exhibitors placing pallets or crates in venue dumpsters during move in will be subject to a fee.
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