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San Antonio business conventions are slowly returning, like ‘SprayFoam 2022’

San Antonio business conventions are slowly returning, like 'SprayFoam 2022'

Crowds of spray-foam housing contractors swarmed the Espee where a DJ, under multicolored disco lighting, sang hits by Alan Jackson and the song Barbie by Danish pop group Aqua.

“Sprayfoam Worldwide!” shouted the DJ, announcing an after party at 1902 Nightclub. Horse-drawn carriages lined the street to take participants to new destinations.

For those across the street, the Tuesday night revelry in the historic square might have looked like a rowdy wedding. Corn hoteliers, restaurateurs, bar owners and anyone with a stake in the economy of downtown San Antonio have heard the sound of money from all over the country pouring into the city. It’s a sound that died down at the start of the pandemic, and its return is being welcomed as another sign of the pandemic’s loosening grip on the city’s tourism economy.