San Francisco presents Crystal Bridge Award to ABA
By: Laurie Armstrong
June 21, 2012 – At its 102nd Annual Luncheon today, San Francisco Travel presented the Crystal Bridge Award to the American Bar Association (ABA). Now in its third year, the award is presented annually to honor major convention customers that bring outstanding events with significant impact for San Francisco. Past awards have been presented to Oracle and the American Geophysical Union.
“We are honoring the American Bar Association for their long-term commitment to San Francisco with their citywide convention at Moscone Center every three years, and numerous smaller meetings throughout the year,” said John Reyes, San Francisco Travel executive vice president and chief customer officer.
“This group is comprised of some of the most successful, sophisticated, well-traveled people you’ll ever meet. They demand the best in transportation, accommodations, dining, activities, everything. They keep us on our toes, which is the type of customer we like,” Reyes said. The American Bar Association will hold their next Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August of 2013, where they expect attendance to be as strong as at their past meetings in San Francisco.
The award was accepted by Marty Balogh, Director of Meetings and Travel for the American Bar Association.
In accepting the award, Balogh said, “San Francisco continues to be one of the American Bar Association’s favorite Annual Meeting destinations. We get high attendance and even higher member satisfaction. Our attendees appreciate the choice of outstanding hotels, the cosmopolitan urban venues, the sophisticated dining opportunities and the community’s diversity in a setting that has no equal in our country.”
The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,500 members, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco's largest industry, generates in excess of $8.4 billion annually for the local economy.
The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at 201 Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center is located on the lower level of the Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St. through July 23, while the permanent location near the Powell Street cable car turnaround at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, is being extensively remodeled.
For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit www.sanfrancisco.travel.
The San Francisco Travel Association’s 102nd Annual Luncheon was made possible by Wells Fargo with additional support from American Express®, the official credit card partner for the San Francisco Travel Association.
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