Show Date: July 18th, 2018
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Chief Operating Officer
Visit San Antonio
For more than 24 years, Dave Krupinski has been an impact player in the Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotel and transportation industries. Currently, as Chief Operating Officer for Visit San Antonio, he helps oversee a tourism landscape that welcomes 34 million visitors annually. In San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the country, Dave assists in overseeing the sales, service and marketing of a $14 billion hospitality industry.
His versatility and deep passion for what he does includes proactive roles with the U.S. Travel Association, National Tour Association, American Bus Association and Student Youth Travel Association, along with several civic engagements in San Antonio.
Under Dave’s watch over the past three years, San Antonio has been celebrated in headline publications such as Forbes, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Conde Nast, New York Times and Lonely Planet as one of the nation’s most desirable travel destinations. The city values its visitors: One out of every eight San Antonions is employed in the travel and hospitality sector.
Dave oversaw the CVB’s efforts to join San Antonio partners in the successful 2015 bid for World Heritage Site status for its historic Spanish colonial missions, including the Alamo, and has complemented the city’s ongoing and aggressive efforts to evolve its air service. He has been a spearhead in the expansion of co-op marketing and direct-to-consumer campaigns with valued hospitality partners and in the successful transition of moving the San Antonio CVB from a municipal entity to Visit San Antonio a public-private nonprofit.
Prior to coming to San Antonio, Dave served as the Vice President of Tourism for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he was responsible for cultural tourism, special event and attractions development, international strategic plans, air service development and partnership development opportunities.
He is a proud graduate of the University of Toledo, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Individual Studies, Hotel/Restaurant Administration.
Dave and his wife, Karen, are parents to son Zachary, a businessman in San Antonio. In his spare time, Dave and his family enjoy whitewater rafting excursions and traveling to unique destinations around the country.