submit your news
Visit San Antonio President & CEO Casandra Matej To Be Honored with the Hope Award
Casandra Matej, President and CEO of Visit San Antonio, will be honored with the Hope Award on Tuesday, June 4, when the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Tribute to Women Business Leaders Awards.
The Hope Award recognizes a woman who has given of herself to public service and the greater good of the city. As head of one of the top three industries in San Antonio, Matej has been a proactive, innovative force in positioning the community as a regional, national and global player. San Antonio’s tourism industry welcomes 37 million visitors annually, resulting in more than $15 billion in economic impact.
Matej, who has headed Visit San Antonio for nearly eight years, is one of five women who will be lauded by the Chamber at a luncheon at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.
“It’s such an honor to be recognized alongside recipients who have showcased such outstanding leadership, charity and work ethic in their careers,” Matej said. “I am fortunate at Visit San Antonio to be surrounded by a collection of talent who works every day with a passion and determination that lifts San Antonio into the spotlight as a destination and serves our customers exceptionally. Being given the Hope Award speaks to our efforts to better this city, each and every day.”
Visit San Antonio, which includes 85 employees, is a public-private nonprofit that serves as the sales and marketing arm for the destination. Under Matej, the organization has achieved record highs in convention sales, media coverage and traffic to its website, VisitSanAntonio.com.
Matej is secretary for the board of directors of the U.S. Travel Association, immediate past chair of the Texas Travel Industry Association board and was a member of the 2017 Class of Texas Lyceum. During Matej’s tenure, San Antonio’s historic Spanish colonial missions, including the world-famous Alamo, were named a World Heritage Site, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center underwent the largest infrastructure upgrade in the city’s history.
Also being honored by the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday will be Cara Tackett of Pape-Dawson Engineers, to be given the Executive Award for Large Business; Diana Barrios Trevino of Los Barrios LLC, to be given the Brenda Vickrey Johnson Award for Small Business; San Antonio assistant city manager Lori Houston, to be given the Promise Award; and Dr. Dianna Burns-Banks of South Texas Center for Pediatric Care, to be given the Legacy Award.
“The Chamber is proud to announce this exceptional group of women business leaders,” Chamber President & CEO Richard Perez said. “San Antonio is blessed to have such a deep reservoir of successful and up-and-coming women leaders. They deserved to be celebrated, emulated and followed.”
About Visit San Antonio
Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 30.4 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $15.2 billion into the local economy and employing more than 140,000. More information about Visit San Antonio and its initiatives for hospitality partners can be found at Partners. www.VisitSanAntonio.com.
FIND IT - MARKETPLACE