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The Invitation

TLPA President Robert Werth and the TLPA leadership invite the membership, vendors, spouses and guests of TLPA to "The Alamo City," San Antonio, Texas, for the 96th Annual Convention & Trade Show at The Grand Hyatt San Antonio and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, October 15-19, 2014.

Alamo Moon
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City View
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Spanish Governor's Palace Entrance
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The Destination: San Antonio

With 1.3 million people, the City of San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the United States and the second most populous city in Texas. In the 18th century, Franciscan priests from Spain established five Catholic missions along the San Antonio River, primarily to extend Spain's dominion northward from Mexico, but also to convert and educate the native population. The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) was founded in 1718 as the first mission in San Antonio. For 13 days in 1836, close to 200 Texas defenders held the Alamo from over one thousand of General Santa Anna's troops from Mexico. The most famous of the defenders, William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett, died fighting overwhelming odds for the cause of Texas independence from Mexico.

In addition to the Alamo, there are many attractions and things to do in San Antonio including the River Walk, a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes, that gently winds through the city center, providing millions of visitors each year with easy access to the city's cultural hot spots, historic sites and other attractions. Less than an hour away from San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country abounds with stellar wineries and treasure-filled antique stores. See below for Things to do in San Antonio.

Institute of Texan Cultures Class
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Downtown Nights
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Tex Mex Dining
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Hotel Highlights

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 E. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 224-1234

Please make your reservations at the Grand Hyatt early.

With a dramatic design that exemplifies this unique city, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio offers warm hospitality, bold colors and exceptional touches creating a luxury San Antonio Riverwalk hotel that is perfect for every guest. Set amidst a blend of histories and a modern city, this urban retreat has a premier location adjacent to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, HemisFair Park, and the River Walk.

Chiles at Market Square
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Tableside Guacamole
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Reservation Procedures

The hotel has reserved a limited number of rooms for the group until Tuesday, September 16, 2014 or until the block sells out. The special group rate is $210 per night. Rates do not include taxes, currently 16.75% (Subject to change without notice.) NOTE: Because of a city-wide convention, rooms on Monday October 13 and Tuesday October 14 are at a premium so you will be charged $250 a night for your room on these two nights before changing over to our TLPA rate of $210 a night for the remaining nights of your stay.

Hotel reservations can be made in two ways:

    By Phone: Make your reservations directly through the Grand Hyatt's Central Reservation Office by calling (888) 421-1442 on an individual basis, identifying yourself as members of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association.

    On-line: Click here to be directed to the Grand Hyatt San Antonio reservations page.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

Alamo Quarry Market
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El Mercado
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Buckhorn Museum Interior
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The Trade Show

This year the trade show will be held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Gonzalez Convention Center, which is steps away from the Grand Hyatt, is located in downtown San Antonio along the banks of the San Antonio River Walk.

The facility is the central component of the city's successful convention industry. The Center, named for the late U.S. Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, hosts more than 300 events each year with over 750,000 convention delegates from around the world.

The original convention center was built as part of HemisFair '68, but has been significantly altered and expanded since then. Today it is a 1,300,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility with 192,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 3 ballrooms, 4 contiguous exhibit halls totaling over 440,000 sq. ft., and the adjacent 2,307 seat Lila Cockrell Theatre, a performing arts venue, which is part of the original construction.

Mission Concepcion
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River Walk Convention Center Evening
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Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
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The Agenda

This year's convention will kick off with the TLPA Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 15th. Meetings will begin on Thursday, October 16th, and run through Saturday, October 18th.

Click here for a copy of the tentative agenda.

Transportation to San Antonio

By Plane:
    San Antonio International Airport (SAT) serves over 30 national and international destinations with non-stop service and many more with one-stop direct service.

    The distance between San Antonio International Airport and Grand Hyatt Hotel is 9 miles with a travel time of approximately 15-20 minutes. The estimated taxicab fare is $30 plus tip.

By Car:

    San Antonio is reachable by automobile from all other major Texas cities ranging from an eight-hour drive from El Paso, 4 hours from Dallas and Fort Worth, 3 hours from Houston, 2 hours from Corpus Christi and one hour from Austin. Daily self-parking is $27 while Valet parking is $37 per day.

The Weather

San Antonio generally has a temperate climate, which makes it ideal for visitors. From October through November, the weather is great, usually temperature in the daytime is 70s-80s and in the nighttime 50s-60s.

The relative humidity in San Antonio during October usually peaks at 84 percent in the morning then drops to 47 percent by mid afternoon.

October is one of the least windy months for San Antonio.

Institute of Texan Cultures Flags
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McNay Art Museum
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Things to do in San Antonio

Alamo Battlefield Tours
During this one-hour walking tour you will learn the basics of Texas history, and the events that lead up to the Battle of the Alamo. You will learn of the American immigration to Spanish Texas and the revolution sparked by the dictator Santa Anna that led to the battle. The guides are experienced historians dressed in 1836 period dress and carrying weapons (reproductions) from the famous battle.

Alamo Helicopter Tours
Take a helicopter flight over beautiful San Antonio. Any age can fly and they have tours to fit any budget. Soar high in the sky and take in a bird's eye view of the River Walk, Tower of the Americas and San Antonio's five historic missions.

The Alamo Trolley
The Alamo Trolley provides a narrated tour and will take you to the heart of old San Antonio to discover such attractions as The Alamo, Tower of the Americas, River Walk, Market Square, the Mission Trail and more. One can enjoy all-day unlimited reboarding at the Alamo Trolley Hop Stops with a Hop Pass.

Aquarena Center
Located 50 miles northeast of the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, the Aquarena Center at Texas State University at the headwaters of the San Marcos River provides a portal into Texas history. Since 1946 the glass bottom boat tours at the Center have given folks of all ages an "in-depth" look at the timeless beauty of the Aquarena Springs. Visitors can explore the Springs through the Glass-bottom Boat or Kayak Tour Program.

Highlights of the tours include

  • over 200 artesian springs;
  • native fish, turtles and aquatic plants;
  • migratory and song birds;
  • an underwater archaeological dig site; and
  • a wetlands habitat.

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
Experience a Texas-sized adventure located right in the heart of downtown San Antonio, two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the River Walk. For over 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Today, the saloon houses a Café, Gift Shop, Shooting Gallery and two museums, the Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum. The Buckhorn Museum features wildlife from all over the world, including fish from the seven seas, animals from every continent and over 520 species of wildlife, many of which are record holders. The Texas Ranger Museum houses hundreds of Texas Ranger artifacts including revolvers, automatic handguns, sawed off shotguns, badges, photographs and much more. Step back in time in "Rangertown" which looks like San Antonio in the late 1800s.

City Sightseeing Double Decker San Antonio
City Sightseeing Double Decker San Antonio, located in downtown San Antonio operates an open top double decker tour of the city. Tours begin every 20 minutes, all day, every day from Alamo Plaza, Market Square, HemisFair Park and six other central locations. Adults pay $24 and children from ages 6-12 pay $12 and you can hop on and hop off as much as you like at any of the bus stops on the route.

Enchanted Springs Ranch
This Old West theme park located in Boerne, approximately 38 miles northwest of the Grand Hyatt, comes highly recommended by Oprah and the History Channel, and features an authentic Old West town, exotic Animal Park and two time World Champion Gun Twirler, Pistol Packin' Paula. Activities include: tour of the Old West town, tractor wagon rides through the wild Animal Park, stage shows and skits, and photos with Woodrow the longhorn steer.

Institute of Texan Cultures
The Institute of Texan Cultures features exhibits, programs and special events that examine and promote heritage, ethnicity, history, social issues and popular culture. Visitors learn the stories of immigrants who settled in Texas and contributed to its modern, multicultural society. Located in HemisFair Park, steps from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the Tower of the Americas, and only a short walk from The Alamo and the River Walk.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum and Louis Tussaud's Waxworks
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, with 3 stories of oddities from all over the world, is one of America's largest and most interactive museums. Located across the street from the Alamo, Ripley's Believe or Not! offers weird class family fun and Louis Tussaud's Waxworks, where one can see over 200 life-like figures in amazing detail from the famous to the infamous.

McNay Art Museum
At her death in 1950, Marion McNay left more than 700 works of art, along with her house, surrounding 23 acres, and an endowment to establish the first museum of modern art in Texas. In 1954, the McNay opened its doors to the public. Seven additions to the original McNay house included galleries to exhibit the museum's constantly growing collection, space to store and frame works of art, and an auditorium for programs and special events. In 2008, the opening of the Stieren Center for Exhibitions doubled the museum's gallery space. Since Marion McNay's bequest in 1950, the collection has expanded to nearly 20,000 works. More than 150,000 visitors a year enjoy works by major contemporary sculptors, modern masters including Gauguin, van Gogh, Hopper, O'Keeffe, Picasso, Pollock, Renoir, medieval and Renaissance artwork and a large theatre arts library.

Natural Bridge Caverns
Discover incredible underground chambers filled with spectacular formations on a family-friendly guided tour along paved, lighted walkways. Natural Bridge Caverns is Texas' largest, and one of the premier show caves in the world. Pan for gems, like miners panned for gold at the Natural Bridge Mining Company. Test your skill on the Canopy Challenge, which is a four-level, zip line course. Also, try to solve the AMAZEn' Ranch Roundup. Designed using real ranch materials, the AMAZEn' Ranch Roundup is one of the only dynamic, permanent outdoor mazes in Texas. Natural Bridge Caverns is 30 miles north of San Antonio.

River Walk (Paseo del Rio)
20 feet below street level and steps from the famed Alamo, the Paseo del Rio, better known as the River Walk, awaits you. Aside the meandering San Antonio River, stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture that resonates the depth of this centuries-old metropolis. Among these walkways, commerce meets culture with the sounds of mariachis serenading diners and river taxis carrying guests across the spring-fed river that has attracted people to this region for centuries. Soon the River Walk will extend from two to thirteen miles, connecting many of San Antonio' s prestigious museums and historic districts with beautifully preserved 18th century Spanish Colonial missions.

San Antonio Botanical Garden
You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this floral paradise in the heart of San Antonio. The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers a brief lesson in Texas geography, which features plants and authentic buildings from different regions of the state, a rose garden, old-fashioned garden, a sensory garden, a Japanese garden, and the must-see Lucile Halsell Conservatory, glass buildings tucked into the earth that are full of vegetation requiring specific, computer-controlled climates.

SeaWorld San Antonio
This theme park is a treat for anyone who loves animals, roller coasters and fabulous shows. Not only does SeaWorld San Antonio have Shamu (the performing killer whale), it also has walk-through habitats where one can watch sea lions, sharks, fish, penguins and flamingos do what they would do in the wild. There is an inverted roller coaster, along with a variety of water rides, water-skiing shows and evening laser shows.

One of the things to do in San Antonio is to take a Segway tour. One can glide by the sights of downtown, the River Walk and the stunning architecture in the King William Historic District. SegCity is located across from the Alamo, just behind the Visitor Information Center.

Sisters Grimm Candlelight Ghost Tours
The Sisters Grimm Candlelight Ghost Tours features a 90-minute walk through the streets of old San Antonio with tour guides whose ancestry originates with the early founders of San Antonio as they recount the many stories of the past and bring the history of the city alive. Dressed in period costumes they will light the way with lanterns through the strange and unusual tales of centuries past, legendary stories, folklore and ghostly experiences.

Tower of the Americas
Located in downtown San Antonio, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas provides guests the most spectacular view of the Alamo City. Enjoy the gorgeous panorama from the Tower's revolving Chart House Restaurant, take in the scenery from the Observation Deck or experience the thrilling 4D Theater Ride. For a taste of the best dining and fun that San Antonio River Walk restaurants have to offer, come take a flight with the Tower of the Americas.

Traders Village
One of America's largest weekend flea markets that includes amusement rides, food outlets and hundreds of vendor spaces at the sprawling shopping and family entertainment complex. More than 100-acres to browse, shop and trade for bargains and handcrafted items made of leather, wood or iron.

The San Antonio Zoo
The zoo is home to over 9,000 animals representing 750 species of animals spread over 56 acres. In 2014, the San Antonio Zoo will commemorate its first 100 years. The centerpiece of this centennial celebration will be the creation of Zootennial Plaza, a gathering place that includes an upscale restaurant and a custom-designed carousel.