That's the early impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on theWorld Trade Center and the Pentagon and the resulting slow down intravel, but San Antonio travel officials hope that much of thebusiness lost now can be made up longer term. Business and leisurevisitors make tourism San Antonio's No. 2 business behind themedical and health industry. The city, which is the top touristdestination in Texas, draws more than $4 billion from 8 millionvisitors.

The first quarter is usually busiest for business visitors toSan Antonio hotels, according to Doug Sutton at Source Strategies,a San Antonio firm that tracks hotels. Business heats up again inlate September the summer heat abates, and continues into Octoberand November. The slowdown will have less impact of the city'sleisure traveler, who visits historical site such as the Alamo andthe theme parks in the summer.

Four meetings, which would have brought 4,000 visitors, werecancelled last week after the attacks, Joel Williams, a spokesmanfor the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, He says the groups have indicated they intend toreschedule. "We have a number of other conventions that are stillplanning to come here, although we're hearing from some of themthat their attendance might not be as large as originallyprojected," he says.

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