San Francisco Memories Are Made of This…Make it a Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

April 21, 2014 – San Francisco will be the setting for traditional Memorial Day commemorative ceremonies May 23-26, 2014. It is also the final weekend to see “Yoga” The Art of Transformation” at the Asian Art Museum and an installation of eight massive sculptures by Mark di... more

San Francisco is never the same, but it’s always San Francisco

April 17, 2014 -- San Francisco is changing and evolving every day, but the reasons that millions of visitors leave their hearts there never change. A look at some of the events and attractions available this spring illustrates the San Francisco Travel Association’s new theme, “Never... more

Spring and Summer 2014 LGBT San Francisco Events and Activities

April 1, 2014 -- As a true gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal to the LGBT Community. Often referred to as the “First Lady of San Francisco,” Donna Sachet’s more than 20 years of experience and affiliations with... more

San Francisco Convention Update, April - May 2014

The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco during April 4, 2014 through May 29, 2014. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance Rock & Roll Marathon Rock & Roll Half Marathon 4/4/14 4/6/14 $17,314,038.00 15,000... more

San Francisco Travel Association releases 2013 economic impact figures

March 27, 2014 – The San Francisco Travel Association reported today that San Francisco welcomed 16.9 million visitors in 2013, an increase of 2.3 percent from 2012. These visitors spent $9.38 billion in 2013, up 5.1 percent from the previous year. The data was presented during the ninth annual... more

San Francisco Travel Association extends application deadline for applications for Neighborhood Partners Program

Two-year program for neighborhood businesses includes complimentary membership, events and mentoring March 20, 2014 - San Francisco Travel Association has extended the deadline to March 31 for applications and nominations for the fifth year of its Neighborhood Partner Program. Candidates must... more

Spring Forward in San Francisco

March 11, 2014 -- Welcome to the light side of San Francisco, now that daylight savings time is here. The San Francisco Travel Association has some bright ideas to fill those extra 60-plus minutes of sunshine: 1. Stroll in the San Francisco Botanical Garden (www.sfbotanicalgarden.org). 2. Head... more

San Francisco Travel Association seeks applications for Neighborhood Partners Program

March 7, 2014 - San Francisco Travel Association is seeking applications and nominations for the fifth year of its Neighborhood Partner Program. Candidates must be unique “San Francisco” businesses that are of interest to visitors and not currently San Francisco Travel partners. The... more

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San Francisco Convention Update, March - April 2014

The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco during March 2, 2014 through April 30, 2014. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance National Education Association ESP National Conference 3/2/14 3/9/14 $819,590.00 900... more

San Francisco – Perfect for a Spring Fling

San Francisco already has a case of “spring fever.” Even though spring doesn’t arrive until March 20, there are already plenty of options to make green thumbs itch. Tulipmania PIER 39 Every February Tulipmania transforms Pier 39 into a floral wonderland. Thousands of tulips and... more

San Francisco Travel announces changes in Convention Services

Feb. 28, 2014 - The Convention Services & Events division at the San Francisco Travel Association has announced several changes that will enhance their services to meeting planners. “The roles in our division have expanded with more client programs, more trade shows, more sales missions... more

San Francisco Travel presents 2014 Visitor Industry Outlook & Marketing Conference

Feb. 27, 2014 – The San Francisco Travel Association will explore the emerging "shared economy," how it is affecting the tourism industry of San Francisco and the Bay Area and what it means for individual businesses at the 2014 Northern California Visitor Industry Outlook & Marketing Conference... more

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Top Places to Relax in San Francisco

The calming Bay waters, brisk breeze and urban melodies all naturally make any spot in San Francisco a good place to chill out. But if you're looking for somewhere that specializes in the art of soothing, here's our top spots: Yoga: The Art of Transformation at the Asian Art Museum If there's one... more

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2014 and Beyond: San Francisco’s New Developments

The San Francisco Shipyard Takes Shape Along the City’s Southeastern Shoreline Construction Underway Located along nine miles of shoreline, The San Francisco Shipyard and Candlestick Point is a multi-billion-dollar, transformative redevelopment by Lennar that will include contemporary urban... more

San Francisco Convention Update, Feb-March 2014

The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco during February 4, 2014 through March 26, 2014. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance Six Degrees Events Ltd. Apps World 2014 2/4/14 2/6/14 $3,327,033.00 2,500... more

Media Alert: Six California destinations launch “Match the Couple” Contest, Feb. 3 to celebrate marriage equality

San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Sonoma County and West Hollywood Pair Up with GayCities to Create “Match the Couple” Contest What: Six of California’s most romantic destinations have created a contest called “Match the Couples” where contestants... more

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African-Americans and S.F. Tourism Industry Join Forces

San Francisco Branch NAACP President, Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, and Joe D’Alessandro, President and CEO of San Francisco Travel Association, convened a working group of over sixty (60) community leaders representing the Office of the Mayor, labor unions, San Francisco African American Chamber... more

Six California Destinations Celebrate Marriage Equality with Honeymoon Trips Contest

San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Sonoma County and West Hollywood Pair Up with GayCities to Create “Match the Couple” Contest Feb. 3, 2014 - Six of California’s most romantic destinations have created a contest called “Match the Couples” where... more

San Francisco Celebrates Black History Month

Jan. 29, 2014 – Throughout the month of February, San Francisco will be commemorating the contributions of African-Americans in the United States with a wide array of celebrations and exhibits. African-American Freedom Trail Exhibition at the Port of San Francisco Port of San Francisco -... more

San Francisco Valentine's Day Love Letter Contest

Feel the love 14 different ways in San Francisco this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14

Top romantic ideas in San Francisco this Valentine’s Day Jan. 27, 2014 - From fine dining to picnics in the park to sailing the bay at sunset, San Francisco offers romantic experiences to help couples feel the love this Valentine’s Day. For those looking to wine and dine: Cocktails... more

San Francisco Travel kicks off two new years at PCMA party

Jan. 14, 2014 - San Francisco Travel celebrated two new years - January 1, 2014 and the Lunar New Year – with a party at the Red Lantern restaurant during PCMA in Boston. More than 40 San Francisco Travel staff and partners welcomed some 150 planners who dined on dim sum and sushi. Meeting... more

San Francisco’s LGBT News and Events for Jan-March 2014

2014 Promises another Dazzling Year of LGBT San Francisco Events and Activities January 2014 -- As a true gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal to the LGBT Community. Often referred to as the “First Lady of San Francisco,”... more

“Dine About Town”- San Francisco’s Restaurant Week - begins tomorrow

Popular restaurant program begins 13th year of dining deals at 100+ restaurants Jan. 14, 2014 - “Dine About Town” – San Francisco’s own Restaurant Week - begins its 13th year tomorrow, Jan. 15. Dining deals at more than 100 top restaurants continue through Jan. 31. More... more

San Francisco observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

On Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 San Francisco will be the setting for a number of special events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The majority of the events take place in Yerba Buena Gardens where the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial is located. Situated behind a 50-foot-high... more

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San Francisco welcomed more than 2.9 million overseas visitors in 2012 -- making the city the 5th most popular destination in the U.S.

January 2014 -- The San Francisco Travel Association, the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco, announced that the city welcomed 2,906,000 international visitors in 2012, an increase from 2011, with 2,872,000 international visitors. In December 2013,... more

San Francisco's Restaurant Week: Dine About Town

“Dine About Town”- San Francisco’s Restaurant Week - returns Jan. 15-31, 2014

San Francisco’s “Restaurant Week” enters its 13th year of fine dining at great prices. Jan. 6, 2014 - “Dine About Town” – San Francisco’s own Restaurant Week - begins its 13th year on Jan. 15-31, 2014. More than 100 of San Francisco’s best restaurants... more

San Francisco Convention Update, January - February 2014

The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco during January 10, 2014 through February 24, 2014. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress 1/10/14 1/12/14 $9,915,930.00 6,000 Specialty... more

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San Francisco Travel president and CEO Joe D’Alessandro on America’s Cup events returning to San Francisco

Dec. 23, 2013 - Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel has issued the following statement in support of the possibility of the America's Cup and associated events returning to San Francisco: “In addition to the very positive economic impact, one of the greatest benefits... more

Statement from Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, regarding the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce’s call for a visitor boycott

* *Statement * * San Francisco Travel president and CEO Joe D’Alessandro issued the following statement regarding the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce’s call for a visitor boycott: “The mission and function of San Francisco Travel is to attract domestic and... more

Reservations open Dec. 16 for 13th Annual “Dine About Town San Francisco”

Popular restaurant promotion returns on Jan. 15-31, 2014 Dec. 16, 2013 - Reservations are now available for “Dine About Town San Francisco” on Jan. 15-31, 2014. More than 100 of San Francisco’s best restaurants are participating, offering a two or three-course lunch menus for... more

Convention Update: Dec. - Jan. 2014

The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco during December 9, 2013 through January 26, 2014. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 12/9/13 12/13/13 $30,539,559.00 19,175 Sociaty of Critical Care Medicine Annual... more

San Francisco: 10 Great Holiday Lightings and Displays

Dec. 3, 2013 - San Francisco is a holiday destination that is literally glowing with displays, decorations and tree-lighting events. Here’s a roundup of 10 great lightings and displays in the city by the bay: 1. The Ritz-Carlton Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. The... more

“Magic Hour” contest for best San Francisco holiday memories

Use #MagicHourSF Dec. 2-Jan.2 to enter for San Francisco prize packages Dec. 3, 2013 – Holiday memories of San Francisco can not only warm the heart, they can be worth a trip to the city by the bay. The San Francisco Travel Association invites those with holiday stories and photos of “magic... more

Illuminate SF: San Francisco becomes a “gallery of light art” in winter

Dec. 3, 2013 – Illuminate SF transforms San Francisco’s long winter evenings in December and January into a citywide gallery of light art. Visitors can experience six dramatic light art installations – some permanent, some temporary - and participate in artist talks and illuminated... more

Media Alert: IlluminArts Walk introduces new “Illuminate SF” event

Walking tour with artists and experts to three light art installations What: Illuminate SF is a new initiative that reframes San Francisco’s long winter evenings as a citywide gallery of light art events and installations. In the first of what is expected to become an annual event, art-seekers... more

San Francisco: Top Holiday Tours and Culinary Events

Nov. 27, 2013 - San Francisco is famous for dining and sightseeing any time of year but during the holidays there’s something extra special about it. Here is a list of some great ways to take in the sights and tastes of the holidays in San Francisco this holiday season: Classic Cable Car... more

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Unwrap a great hotel deal with San Francisco’s “49 Hours of SF: Holidays”

Make every hour count in San Francisco #magichoursf Nov. 27, 2013 - San Francisco during the holidays is like a 49 square mile array of gift-wrapped delights. All the holiday lightings and decorations, special events and performances, tours and treats will easily fill more than an average 48 hour... more

San Francisco Travel’s Joe D’Alessandro and Gary Bauer of Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation named Most Admired CEOs by San Francisco Business Times

Nov. 20, 2013 – The San Francisco Business Times has named Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association and Gary Bauer of Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation to the publication’s prestigious list of Most Admired CEOs. The fact that two of the... more

Illuminate SF: Six must-see-now light art installations in San Francisco

Nov. 15, 2013 - While artists have been utilizing light to illuminate art from the beginning of time, light art has been gaining awareness as its own art form where the main media of expression and focus is light. As a center of innovation, San Francisco has attracted these installations like, well,... more

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Media Alert: San Francisco Travel’s International Travel & Tourism Forum

WHAT: The San Francisco Travel Association will present a briefing for its travel industry partners on expanding opportunities within the emerging international travel market. The program includes: - A City perspective from Mayor Edwin M. Lee - The latest research findings... more

San Francisco: A city glowing with holiday activities and events

Celebrate 49 Hours of SF: Holiday, San Francisco Travel’s guide to events, itineraries & hotel deals #IlluminateSF Nov. 11, 2013 - San Francisco embraces the holiday season in its own vibrant way with events and activities that embody the city’s spirit of tradition, surprise and... more

13th Annual “Dine About Town San Francisco” restaurant promotion coming January 15 – 31, 2014

Dine About Town San Francisco returns for the 13th year January 15 – 31, 2014, providing an opportunity for visitors to experience San Francisco’s finest restaurants at a fraction of the price. Diners may select from more than 100 participating restaurants offering two or three-course... more

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San Francisco Travel partners with ReUNION television network on African-American Freedom Trail exhibition at Fairmont Hotel

Nov. 1, 2013 -- San Francisco Travel is partnering with the instructional television network ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage to support an exhibition on the African-American Freedom Trail that will be displayed in the historic Fairmont Hotel. The exhibition will be available for viewing Nov. 4-24,... more

San Francisco Convention Update: Nov-Dec 2013

The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco during November 8, 2013 through December 9, 2013. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance National Association of Realtors Realtors Conference & Expo 11/8/13 11/11/13 $32,095,293.00 25,000 National Association of... more

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San Francisco feeling the warmth of travel awards season

Oct. 18, 2013 – San Francisco’s travel industry awaits autumn like Hollywood looks forward to the Academy Awards. The November issues of top publications such as Saveur, Conde Nast Traveler and Esquire include prized lists of top destinations, hotels, restaurants, chefs and other attributes.... more

San Francisco: Federal Facilities Reopen to Visitors

(Oct. 17, 2013) – With the reopening of federally-operated facilities, the following San Francisco area attractions are open. For the latest information contact areas directly or the San Francisco Visitor Information Center at 415-391-2000, vic1@sanfrancisco.travel or www.sanfrancisco.travel. Alcatraz Contact:... more

San Francisco Travel Association announces grants for 2013-2015 Neighborhood Partners Program

Businesses in the Bayview, Castro/Upper Market, North of Market/Tenderloin, West Portal, Richmond/Clement and Mission districts selected in fourth year of program to bring more visitors to San Francisco’s neighborhoods and get more unique local businesses involved in tourism industry Oct.... more

San Francisco’s Fall Season is Packed with Activities for Everyone

Oct. 1, 2013 -- As a true gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal to the LGBT Community. Often referred to as the “First Lady of San Francisco,” Donna Sachet’s more than 20 years of experience and affiliations with... more

PIER 39 Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Fireworks, Music & More Every Saturday Night in October

SAN FRANCISCO – (October 2013) – In the late 1970s, San Francisco businessman and developer Warren Simmons dreamed of building an urban park with the feel of a European fishing village. Simmons envisioned a waterfront promenade with “open space for leisure and relaxation,”... more

San Francisco Convention Update: Oct-Nov 2013

The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco during October 3, 2013 through November 28, 2013. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2013 ASSH & ASHT Joint Annual Meeting 10/3/13 10/5/13 $5,230,374.00 3,400... more

Federal Government Shutdown Impacts on San Francisco Attractions

Oct. 1, 2013 - Due to the federal government shutdown, effective Tuesday, Oct. 1 the following San Francisco area attractions have been impacted until further notice. For the latest information contact the areas directly or the San Francisco Visitor Information Center at 415-391-2000, vic1@sanfrancisco.travel... more

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San Francisco Travel partners with world’s largest accommodation site, Booking.com

September 30, 2013 – The San Francisco Travel Association has selected Booking.com™ as the official booking engine for their website, www.sanfrancisco.travel. “Beginning this month, our partnership with Booking.com gives our web visitors an easy, informative, user-friendly way... more

“Karl the Fog” to take over San Francisco Travel’s Facebook page on Tuesday, Sept. 24

Sept. 23, 2013 – On Tuesday, Sept. 24, social media sensation “Karl the Fog” will take over the San Francisco Travel Association’s Facebook page, posting his unique perspectives as the city’s famous fog and other endearing attributes throughout the day. Karl the Fog... more

San Francisco Travel names Howard Pickett new Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer

Sept. 10, 2013 – The San Francisco Travel Association has named Howard Pickett as the organization’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective Oct. 16, 2013. Reporting directly to President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro, Pickett will be responsible for marketing... more

San Francisco Convention Update

The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco during September 9, 2013 through October 28, 2013. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance Workday Workday Rising 2013 9/9/13 9/12/13 $5,064,232.00 2,030 Intel Corporation Intel Developer Forum... more

San Francisco Travel Creates New Partnership Structure

Tiered partnership levels allow businesses to tap into city’s #1 industry Sept. 5, 2013 -- The San Francisco Travel Association, the official destination marketing organization for San Francisco, has completely redesigned its partnership structure. With some 1,500 partner businesses, San... more

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San Francisco’s Water Supply Not Affected by Rim Fire

August 28, 2013 - The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) reports that there is no change or impact to the delivery of high quality water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System continues to deliver high-quality water to 2.6 million water customers in San... more

Travel Applications Make Navigating San Francisco Easier Than Ever

July 19, 2013 Whether in search of a farm-to-table meal, on a quest for a first-class food truck, or simply on a hunt for a photogenic view—there’s an app for that. Hundreds of phone applications (apps) are available to help San Francisco locals and visitors navigate its 49 square-miles.... more

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2014 and Beyond: San Francisco’s New Developments

The San Francisco Shipyard Takes Shape Along the City’s Southeastern Shoreline Construction Underway Located along nine miles of shoreline, The San Francisco Shipyard and Candlestick Point is a multi-billion-dollar, transformative redevelopment by Lennar that will include contemporary urban... more

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San Francisco Travel Convention Update

San Francisco Travel Convention Update August 7, 2013 - The following is a list of major conventions coming to San Francisco through October 3, 2013. Organization Meeting Start Date End Date Direct Spending Estimated Attendance Pacific Dermatologic Association PDA's... more

“San Francisco Values Guide” is a Big Deal for Visitors

48 special offers on hotels, restaurants, tours, shopping and more July 2013 – The San Francisco Travel Association is offering a collection of 48 special offers and deals from hotels, restaurants, retailers, museums, tours, transportation companies and others in a collection called the “San... more

Summer 2013: What's New in San Francisco?

(July 25, 2013) — “What’s New” is compiled by the San Francisco Travel Association. Past editions of “What’s New” and a list of “Recent and Coming Attractions” are available in the Media section of San Francisco Travel’s website, www.sanfrancisco.travel.... more

Levi's Opens New Store on Market in San Francisco

Levi's To Open New Flagship Store in San Francisco

WHAT: The Levi’s® brand is moving its store from Union Square to Market Street & 4th Street in San Francisco this August. The space is located on one of the world’s most highly trafficked shopping streets, attracting both locals and international shoppers alike. Steeped in craftsmanship,... more

San Francisco cleans up in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travelers' Choice® Award

July 2013 - San Francisco, its attractions and attributes placed seven times in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards. San Francisco itself was named the #2 destination in the United States and also the #7 in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations. The... more

San Francisco Travel Association’s Hotel Partners Provide Discounted Accommodations for Travelers with Delayed or Cancelled Flights

July 8, 2013 – The San Francisco Travel Association, in association with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), is pleased to announce that the following San Francisco/Bay Area hotels have extended discounted accommodations for visitors affected by the tragic incident at SFO on Saturday,... more

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San Francisco Travel announces new Board and Council Chairs for 2013/2014

June 26, 2013 - The San Francisco Travel Association installed Mariann Costello, vice president of Scoma’s Restaurant, as chair for the 2013/2014 fiscal year at the organization’s 103rd Annual Luncheon meeting on June 18, 2013. Costello succeeds 2012/2013 Chair David Nadelman, general... more

Todd O'Leary to join San Francisco Travel as VP Partnership

July 1, 2013 –Todd O’Leary has joined the San Francisco Travel Association in the position of Vice President, Partnership. As part of San Francisco Travel’s senior management team, O’Leary will provide proactive and overall vision, leadership, and strategic direction for the... more

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San Francisco Travel celebrates Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality

June 26, 2013 – As the streets of San Francisco rang with celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex marriage, Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, gave this statement: “San Francisco is where marriage equality... more

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Mariann Costello installed as Chair of San Francisco Travel Association’s 2013/2014 Board of Directors at 103rd Annual Luncheon

June 18, 2013 – The San Francisco Travel Association installed Mariann Costello, vice president of Scoma’s Restaurant, as chair for the 2013/2014 fiscal year at the organization’s 103rd Annual Luncheon meeting today. Costello succeeds 2012/2013 Chair David Nadelman, general manager... more

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San Francisco Travel Association presents Crystal Bridge Award to Salesforce.com

June 18, 2013 – At its 103rd Annual Luncheon today, the San Francisco Travel Association presented its Crystal Bridge Award to salesforce.com, the world’s top customer relationship management (CRM) platform. Now in its fourth year, the award is presented annually to honor major convention... more

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San Francisco Travel Association Presents Silver Cable Car Award to Monique Moyer

June 10, 2013 -- At its 103rd Annual Luncheon meeting on June 18, the San Francisco Travel Association will present the Silver Cable Car Award to Monique Moyer, executive director, Port of San Francisco. The Silver Cable Car Award is presented annually by San Francisco Travel to an individual or... more

SFTA launches Neighborhood Partners Program, presented by Wells Fargo

Nominations/applications for two-year curriculum-based program due May 17 April 23, 2013 – The San Francisco Travel Association is launching the Neighborhood Partners Program to provide greater connections between the 16.5 million visitors who come to San Francisco each year and businesses... more

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San Francisco’s LGBT News and Events for Spring 2013

Spring 2013 in San Francisco: Embracing, Encouraging and Empowering As a true gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal to the LGBT Community. Often referred to as the “First Lady of San Francisco,” Donna Sachet’s... more

San Francisco Travel Association welcomes visitors with eco-friendly street banners

EKO material will replace highly toxic PVC material used in most banners and cities April 17, 2013 -- When visitors to San Francisco see the colorful new banners on display around Moscone Center, they’ll know the city is welcoming them. What they won’t know is that, beginning in March... more

SAS opens the door to the US West Coast

Today SAS begins flying six times a week from Copenhagen to San Francisco on the US West Coast. North America is an important and growing market for SAS, which already flies to New York, Chicago and Washington. Scandinavia is a market that has no direct flights to the US West Coast and there has... more

San Francisco’s official Visitor Information Center transformed

March 27, 2013 - San Francisco’s official Visitor Information Center (ViC), operated by the San Francisco Travel Association, has completed a major transformation. The emphasis of the new ViC is on a quality “high touch” as well as “high tech” experience. The ViC’s... more

San Francisco Travel Association releases 2012 economic impact figures

Visitor spending up 5.5 percent from 2011. Visitors to San Francisco up 1 percent. March 28, 2013 – The San Francisco Travel Association reported today that San Francisco welcomed 16.51 million visitors in 2012, an increase of one percent from 2011. These visitors spent $8.93 billion in... more

San Francisco brings art, culture and romance to Los Angeles' Union Station on Valentine's Day

Feb. 11, 2013 - San Francisco will make a grand appearance at Union Station from 7:00 to 10:00 am on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The San Francisco Travel Association invites everyone to join this San Francisco spectacle, complete with an Amtrak train decked out as a cable car, magical fog,... more

Moscone Expansion District gets final approval

Feb. 5, 2013 – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved the creation of the Moscone Expansion District (MED) which will provide the majority of funding for the expansion of the City’s convention center. In a unanimous vote, the Board passed a resolution approving the establishment... more

SF LGBT News and Events for February and March 2013

Red, leather and glitter carpet – San Francisco rolls them all out for a dazzling spring calendar of celebrations and recognitions in the Gay Community February 1, 2013 – As a true gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal... more

San Francisco Media Tour: You're Invited!

Take your heart to San Francisco this Valentine’s Day San Francisco Travel Association will take a select group of journalists on a unique journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco on February 14-17, 2013. The San Francisco media tour excursion includes transportation for two on Amtrak; return... more

Intersection of sports and arts score points for San Francisco

The 49ers’ return to the Super Bowl is a perfect kickoff to an unforgettable year in sports for San Francisco. In March, the finals of the World Baseball Classic will be held at AT&T Park, home of the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. This summer, America’s Cup winner... more

Meet four unforgettable characters in San Francisco this spring

Book three or more nights at www.49hoursofsf.com and receive 25% off the entire stay January 28, 2013 – “San Francisco is known as a city of unique characters and strong personalities. That’s never been more true than now when the city’s cultural offerings are represented... more

Where to Celebrate the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl

Photo courtesy of the 49ers January 24, 2013 – The Quest for Six continues as the San Francisco 49ers head to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. For Niners fans looking to celebrate from home, the San Francisco Travel Association has compiled a list of the top nine ways to enjoy the Bowl by... more

San Francisco Travel surpasses 500,000 Facebook “Likes”

January 17, 2013 - After four years of dedication and daily posts, the San Francisco Travel Association has surpassed 500,000 “likes” or “fans” on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/onlyinSF, titled “San Francisco – The Official Guide.” “Facebook and... more

Honors & Awards for San Francisco

Accolades for the destination, the San Francisco Travel Association and San Francisco International Airport Over the years, San Francisco has received honors and accolades from all over the world and for a wide variety of attributes. Below are recent highlights, sorted by San Francisco, the destination;... more

New Year’s Eve Events in San Francisco

Dec. 14, 2012 – As this wonderful, tumultuous and sometimes challenging year draws to a close, the San Francisco Travel Association has assembled a list focusing on the last few days of 2012, setting stage for some fresh starts and highlighted some favorite places for a NYE toast. When in San... more

Megabus.com expands service to/from San Francisco

Megabus.com expands service to/from San Francisco - Daily express, city-to-city bus service with free Wi-Fi from $1 - All seats for travel during Dec.12-19 to/from newest cities will be $1 - Company returns to California and Nevada based on customer demand Megabus.com, the... more

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee celebrates LEED Gold for Moscone Center

Nov. 14, 2012 - (From left) John Noguchi, Director, Convention Facilities Department, City & County of San Francisco, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, paused during the U.S. Green Building Council convention... more

San Francisco Travel Association adds senior sales managers

Nov. 15, 2012 – In an effort to grow their regional offices and expand their services to customers in important markets in the East and Northeast, the San Francisco Travel Association has added two new Senior Managers of Convention Sales. Debbie Jordan is now Senior Manager, Convention Sales,... more