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“Shop SF – Get More” includes 180+ special offers and other incentives to San Francisco residents and visitors

For the third year, businesses throughout San Francisco are working together to invite people in the city, from Northern California and beyond to Shop SF – Get More November 2010 through January 2011.

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For the third year, businesses throughout San Francisco are working together to invite people in the city, from Northern California and beyond to Shop SF – Get More November 2010 through January 2011.

“San Francisco is working to ensure that its businesses remain strong and tourism thrives,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom.  “Shop SF - Get More will showcase our world-class dining, museums, events, attractions, and hotels.  It’s an opportunity to experience all the beauty and excitement of one of the greatest cities in the world.”

“When you shop San Francisco you really do get more,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “You get the great selection of the big stores plus the special discoveries of unique “Only in San Francisco” shops, boutiques and galleries.  You get ‘big city’ decorations and that special atmosphere you can only experience in San Francisco.  Plus you get the tremendous diversity of events and celebrations.  And when all of that works up your appetite, you have America’s greatest dining all around you.”

The program is designed to make it easy for visitors from near and far to enjoy the diverse neighborhoods, scenic beauty and holiday atmosphere that make San Francisco unique.  Mobile Spinach and iPhone app developer HearPlanet are supporting the program through their unique mobile to social media channels.

180 Offers and Discounts
Residents in the nine-county Bay Area (San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano and Santa Clara) will receive discounts and special offers when they show their ZIP Code at participating merchants. Qualifying ZIP Codes are from 94000 to 95100. The code can be displayed on a driver’s license, business card or other proof of residence. Offers are valid beginning November 15.

Savings Pass for Hotel Guests, Shop SF – Get More
New this year, participating San Francisco hotels will give guests a brochure listing the “Show Your ZIP” offers with a pop-out Shop SF – Get More Savings Pass.  Guests can receive the same offers as Bay Area residents when they present the card at participating merchants.

Ride with More, Park for Less
On Dec. 1-26, shoppers can save money on parking between 10 am and 6 pm at eight participating garages.  SFMTA will provide one hour of free parking to cars arriving with three passengers and two hours of free parking for cars arriving with four passengers.   Further details will be available at www.sfmta.com.

Sunday FunDay
Muni transfers will be good all day on Sundays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26.  Transfers are usually valid for only 90 minutes.  Transfers are not given on cable cars.   Further details will be available at http://www.sfmta.com/.

Stay & Shop SF 
The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) and American Expressã have created a special package for the winter holiday season with the “Stay & Shop SF” promotion for travel through Jan. 31, 2011.

Visitors who book two nights at http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/ get the third night free, plus a $50 Westfield gift card, when they pay with any American Express ® Card (limit of one gift card per stay of two or more nights.)

Visitors may select from more than 15 participating hotels in four distinct neighborhoods – Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, the Financial District and Pacific Heights.

Free Museum Admissions
San Francisco has several museums that are free to visit or waive admission fees on certain days of each month.

Holiday Events Calendar
San Francisco is home to hundreds of holiday events, from the classics (ice skating rinks in Union Square and on the Embarcadero, San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” American Conservatory Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol”), to the offbeat (“Dance Along Nutcracker,” “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy”) and the diverse (Parol Lantern Festival, Black Nativity). 

The SFCVB’s ever-expanding events list is available at http://onlyinsanfrancisco.com/calendar/.

Mobile and Social Media 
The Shop SF – Get More campaign is partnering with San Francisco-based mobile social marketing group Mobile Spinach to reach consumers on their mobile devices. Shoppers can receive discounts via text to their cellular phones by signing up at http://www.mobilespinach.com/.  Text "shopsf" to 313131 for discounts. 

HearPlanet, a mobile audio directory, has created a special edition Shop SF - Get More iPhone application which allows users to access a directory of all merchant discounts by category and/or location.  The ShopSF iPhone application can be downloaded from the Apple iPhone App Store online at http://www.apple.com/iphone/apps-for-iphone/#heroOverview or directly on the iPhone.

ShopSF – Get More is sponsored by the following organizations:

  • San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Office of Small Business
  • Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • BART

# # #For general information on hotel packages and reservations; events; activities and transportation in San Francisco, visit http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/.  For lodging reservations, call 800-637-5196 within North America or 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD) elsewhere.

 The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide is available at the Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza. A visitor's kit may also be ordered online at www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com, by phone at 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD), by written request to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to vic1@sanfrancisco.travel.  Domestic and international shipping charges apply.

 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop links with more than 30 international points on 25 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with more than 65 cities in the U.S. on 20 domestic airlines.  For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com.  

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