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SAN ANTONIO-Trying to generate tourist traffic, San Antonio is offering holiday season travel packages at discount prices. Dubbed the “Holiday on the River” package, travelers can get special rates starting at $129 on hotels and tickets to attractions such as the Witte Museum and IMAX Theater.

Tourism, San Antonio’s second-biggest industry, generates $4 billion a year in revenue and employs 79,000. It has suffered, however, after travelers cut back following the Sept. 11 attacks. The city’s hotels will lose up to $47 million in gross revenues through Dec. 31, according to estimates. The resulting impact could take up to $100 million from the San Antonio economy.

The San Antonio city council recently kicked in an extra $2 million for the convention center’s marketing budget, boosting it to $7.6 million for the year.

The San Antonio Area Tourism Council is sponsoring the current promotion, which runs from Dec. 1 to 27. Participating hotels include the Menger Hotel, Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk, La Mansion del Rio, Hilton Palacio del Rio, the Embassy Suites Airport and the San Antonio Hilton Airport.

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