San Antonio's travel and tourism industry gathered today to thank the people who make tourism possible...the first responders in the Police and Fire Departments, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Ruben Vasquez, the manager of the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, says if visitors don't have a sense of safety, they won't come, and the San Antonio metro's fourth largest industry would be out of business.
"The guests who come down here, they come from all over the world," he said. "When they show up, they are hoping, it is going to be safe. When you go on vacation, you really hope that everything is going nice and smooth."
With visitors from more countries than ever flocking to downtown San Antonio, the local tourism industry thanked the Police and Fire departments for making their business possible. Ripley's presented a check for $4,000 to the 100 Club, which supports the Police Department, and Citizens for Increased Rescue Effectiveness, which supports the Fire Department.
Vasquez says the relationship between the tourist-friendly bars, businesses, and attractions is not just skin deep, he says it is a deep bond.
"We have so many people who stop and take pictures of the police officers, who are right outside of our building."
National Tourism Week continues all week long, with the industry conducting several activities all week to demonstrate the value of tourism to the local economy.