Brooks City Base to lure visitors south of downtownBrooks City Base to lure visitors south of downtownhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=622015-08-25T12:42:00Z2015-08-25T00:00:00Z

SAN ANTONIO - The transformation of Brooks Air Force Base has delivered a historic amount of new retail development to Southeast San Antonio.

Those tasked with repositioning the former military site are convinced the campus is positioned now to attract more hotel investment and visitors, creating new economic opportunities in an area of the city that has missed out on much of the market’s multibillion-dollar tourism trade.

Continued activity in the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play south of San Antonio, coupled with the recent designation of four South Side missions as World Heritage Sites, has created a perfect storm of opportunity.

Crews broke ground on a new Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio hotel at Brooks City Base. The 156-room property will have a full restaurant, as well as meeting rooms, banquet facilities that can accommodate 500 people and an 8,000-sf ballroom.

Earlier this year, a Holiday Inn Express opened on the campus.

A new Hampton Inn is already under construction, and La Quinta is expanding its hotel.

Brooks City Base officials anticipate there will be additional hotel development in the area.

“I expect that the World Heritage designation of our missions will only lead to additional opportunities,” said Brooks City Base President Leo Gomez.

Three of the sites — Missions Espada, San Jose and San Juan — are located near Brooks City Base.

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