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Meeting Planners

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 Hotel Availability Dates Optimal in 2016-2018

San Francisco is a powerful magnet for meetings of all sizes, from self-contained meetings based at one hotel to citywides utilizing multiple properties and The Moscone Center.

Now is the best time to have your meeting in San Francisco. There are windows of opportunity for groups booking major convention level hotels with commensurate meeting space. The San Francisco Travel convention sales team is a one-stop resource for information on hotel room availability and promotions for meeting planners.

For more information, contact Christopher Deschenes, 508-269-8555. A calendar of property specific hotel availability and promotion dates is also available for major convention hotels. This calendar will be updated quarterly for major convention level hotels.

Wide-Ranging Appeal and Authentic Experiences
If there’s one trait that best defines San Francisco, it is diversity. Attendees can explore the city’s many unique neighborhoods, discover its historic and thriving LGBT community, and visit world-renowned art and cultural institutions. It’s all set among some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation, with the city’s natural and man-made landmarks all around you. San Francisco’s welcoming people, its unbeatable food scene, and its endless activity regularly lead to record-breaking meeting attendance.

It’s Easy to Get To (and Get Around)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 39 international destinations on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects nonstop with 77 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. Located just 14 miles south of the city, it is 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.

The Moscone Center: New Amenities, Great Location
Located just off I-80 and blocks from Union Square, the 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.

Scheduled for completion in 2018, the Moscone Expansion will add more than 170,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space to the Center, including a 50,000-square-foot ballroom. It will also add an enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting the North and South buildings above Howard Street.

Unique Venues
Need an out-of-the-box idea? San Francisco and nearby regions offer more than 360 special event facilities and venues — nearly one for every day of the year.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

What Is A DMO?
San Francisco Travel Association is a DMO, or destination marketing organizations. DMOs, formerly known as convention and visitors bureaus, are non-profit corporations with a mission to promote the long-term development and marketing of a destination. The convention team at San Francisco Travel is here to help you plan and promote your meeting. Our services are free and we are a one-stop resource for all of your meeting and event planning needs.

Beyond San Francisco
San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for San Francisco. However, we are just as adept at securing room blocks and suggesting venues, sightseeing options and pre- and post-convention activities using our vast network of more than 400 partner businesses in the surrounding Bay Area.

What else is happening

Featured Special Event Venues

5Easy Ways to_Market Your Meeting

Promote attendance and network with local organizations and media.

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Take advantage of custom websites and email templates for your attendees. San Francisco Travel also has an online photo gallery, logos, promo copy, B-roll and a promotional video to help promote attendance.

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Visitor information and resources are available in French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese

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Our online reservation system, linked from your meetings website, allows attendees to nab reservations at the city’s top eateries.

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