Think of the best cities in the United States to visit. San Francisco inevitably comes to mind for meeting planners and it will for conference attendees, too.
Why San Francisco?
San Francisco Has All-Around Appeal
The sights and scenery. The one-of-a-kind events and world-class food. The welcoming people, the diversity and rich history … it all comes together to make the City by the Bay 49 of the most interesting square miles on the planet. Announcing San Francisco as your meeting location will have attendees thinking of the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars. The results: record-breaking attendance in many cases.
It’s Easy to Get To (and Get Around)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers nonstop flights to more than 31 international points on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects nonstop with 76 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. Located just 14 miles south of the city, it is also directly connected to downtown San Francisco by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Once you’ve arrived, get out those walking shoes because San Francisco is ranked as one of the top walking cities in the U.S.
Green is Our Favorite Color*
It’s no coincidence that San Francisco was named the “greenest” city in the first North American Green Cities Index in 2011. Moscone Center is LEED Gold certified, has won numerous environmental awards and has continuously raised the recycling standard for convention centers since 1998, diverting nearly 2 million pounds of materials from landfills each year — nearly 20 percent of which is donated to local non-profits. It doesn’t stop there either. Moscone’s roof is home to the second largest publicly owned solar power system in the nation.
*Except for international orange, the color of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Moscone Center: New Amenities, great location
Located just off I-80 and blocks from Union Square, Moscone Center is about as central as it gets in San Francisco’s seven-by-seven grid. It’s walking distance to hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions, public transit and more. The completion of a $56 million renovation in June 2012 ensures that more than 2 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space are fresher than ever. But the most popular upgrade might be one you never see: The wireless infrastructure can now support as many as 60,000 devices, which means attendees can stay connected.
Need an out-of-the-box idea? Bounce around at a trampoline park, or set sail in a historic schooner. Uncork a barrel at a nearby winery, or get creative in an art gallery. Have you tried cocktails and culture at a local museum? San Francisco and nearby regions offer more than 360 special event facilities and venues — nearly one for every day of the year.
Immerse Attendees in San Francisco Culture
If there is one trait that best defines San Francisco, it is diversity. Attendees can explore one-of-a-kind neighborhoods such as Chinatown, the Haight-Ashbury, Mission District, Japantown and dozens of other cities within the city; a thriving LGBT culture; an array of art and cultural institutions; theater, dance and musical performances they’ll see nowhere else; and ethnically diverse foods that will have them recalling their San Francisco experience for years.