SAN ANTONIO -

In 1993, it was believed that developers took a chance on San Antonio with the construction of the Hyatt Hill Country resort. 

The expansive hotel celebrated its 20th anniversary on Monday, with a “barbed-wire cutting," reenacting the original grand opening.

Since its opening, other resorts -- like Westin La Cantera and the JW Marriot -- have also chosen San Antonio as a home.

State and local leaders attended the celebration, including Cassandra Matej, with the San Antonio Visitors and Convention Bureau, who said resorts like Hyatt Hill Country have helped to bolster San Antonio’s economy.

"They bring in a whole different type of business,” said Matej.

Different from the nearby River Walk, said Matej, but with the same goal: bringing in tourists and their money.

"Today, we can report that we have over 28 million visitors that come from all over to San Antonio," said Matej.

Resorts like the Hyatt Hill Country bring in a significant portion of the visitors, according to Matej. Businesses also often book the resorts for retreats and conventions.

"San Antonio is a wonderful destination, so very well perceived by the business community,” added Gino Caliendo, general manager of the Hyatt Hill Country Resort.

As part of the Hyatt Hill Country’s 20th anniversary, the resort announced the completion of an expansion project. 

All rooms were renovated, a surfing simulation ride was added, along with a water slide, and a ballroom was built to facilitate more business conventions.

The effort comes as competition for tourist dollars has increased state-wide.

"It really matters because the competition out there is pretty tough on getting those visitor dollars,” said Matej.

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