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SAN ANTONIO (June 25, 2024) – Visit San Antonio announced today
updates to its leadership team as it continues to bolster the city’s
convention group sales to increase the positive impact on the local
economy. Following a nationwide search, Mario Bass was selected
to return to San Antonio in a newly formed position as Executive Vice
President and Chief Strategy officer after serving as Chief Operating
Officer at Visit Orlando since January 2023. Additionally, proven
strategic sales leader Tyler Orwig has been promoted to Senior Vice
President of Group Sales, reporting to Bass upon his arrival in July
1, 2024.  

“These strategic placements and decisions will assist us in driving
more group sales to our city, increase revenues and programming, and
continue to elevate our River Walk events and all events for San
Antonio,” said Marc Anderson, Visit San Antonio’s President & CEO.
“I’m excited to revitalize our leadership team to make a positive
impact on our community as we continue tourism and convention growth
and evolution.”

“I am thrilled to return to San Antonio and be a part of its
incredible growth as a tourism and convention destination” said
Mario Bass, Visit San Antonio’s Executive Vice President & Chief
Strategy Officer beginning July 1, 2024. “My decades of experience
including my most recent time in Orlando, will be instrumental in
working with our teams to produce innovative strategies that will grow
the billions of dollars of economic impact on our tourism industry
provides to the San Antonio community.”

Mario Bass – Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer  
Bass returns to Visit San Antonio, where he had previously served over
five years, most recently serving as Chief Sales Officer. In the newly
created Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer role, Bass
is the second-in-command executive of Visit San Antonio after
President and CEO Marc Anderson. Bass will be the management leader
for five departments – Destination Sales, Destination Experience,
Events, Membership and River Walk Operations – and a major
contributor to the overall success of the San Antonio hospitality

Throughout Bass’ more than 25-year career, he has focused on
creatively driving results in various leadership roles in markets
across Texas, Florida, and New York. While at Visit Orlando as Chief
Operating Officer Bass was responsible for oversight of internal
operations, leading and implementing Visit Orlando’s strategic
initiatives and annual business plans while supporting the company’s
mission. When he was previously with Visit San Antonio, Bass achieved
the highest annual room night production in the organization’s
history; transformed the Destination Services department from a
reactive marketplace resource to proactive industry thought leader;
and capitalized on post-pandemic emerging business segments with the
introduction of a recovery deployment and engagement plan, among many
other successes.  

Tyler Orwig – Senior Vice President of Sales
Tyler Orwig has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Group Sales.
In this evolved role, he will continue directly overseeing a large
part of the Visit San Antonio sales team, including the association,
for-profit tradeshow and sports markets, as well as help manage the
entirety of the Destination Sales department, including the corporate

Orwig has been a part of the hospitality industry for over 25 years,
spending 15 years working with Hyatt Hotels in various properties
across the country, as well as being an integral part of Visit San
Antonio for more than ten years. In his tenure with Visit San Antonio,
he has been involved in the organizational transition from a City of
San Antonio department to a 501c6 entity helped in the process of
creating the San Antonio Tourism Public Improvement District (SATPID),
and has been a key leader for the convention sales team over the


For information on what’s new in San Antonio, visit. [2].

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. In
2022, San Antonio welcomed approximately 34.8 million visitors.
Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city,
contributing $19 billion to the local economy annually and employing
more than 140,000. More information about Visit San Antonio and the
city’s vast offerings can be found at  [3]. 

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