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How San Francisco Travel Is Helping to Keep the City Clean and Safe for Convention Attendees

As the voice of the visitor, San Francisco Travel is speaking up and taking action to ensure San Francisco remains the best place for your next meeting.

As the official destination marketing organization for the city of San Francisco, the San Francisco Travel Association is dedicated to not only promoting San Francisco as a visitor destination, but also to ensuring San Francisco remains the most compelling destination in the world. 

Travel drives San Francisco's economy, and that includes convention business. Meeting attendees account for 20% of visitor spending, which has totaled more than $9 billion in recent years and helps generate more than $714 million in city taxes that fund essential public programs. With more hotels opening and The Moscone Center fully renovated, we expect those number to grow in years to come. Simply put, convention business is crucial to the continued success of our city.

We are aware that there have been increased concerns from attendees about the street conditions in San Francisco.  We share your concerns and appreciate the opportunity to share with you the recent investments by our hospitality community and our city to improve our streets.

Over the past year, we have extended our reach and are now working with the Community Benefit Districts in Union Square and Yerba Buena Gardens, who have deployed their own ambassadors within their districts to assist visitors and report any suspicious activity.  

Our Convention Services team now shares convention resumes with city departments so that all public safety, public health, and public works agencies know which conference is in town, where people are staying, and the start and end times of all events. This shared knowledge allows our city service departments to plan and deploy personnel appropriately. 

The City has made record investments in safety measures, including a committmemnt to hire 250 new police officers over the next four years.  Additionally, the City is working on better coordination of the deployment of resources for calls for assistance, including quality of life matters.

Lastly, we are proud to say that San Francisco is working hard to help those most vulnerable on our streets.  Our newly elected mayor, London Breed, has invested tens of millions of dollars in mobile street medicine teams, homeless services and programs, temporary and permanent housing, and additional cleaning programs. We are already seeing the positive results of this focused and coordinated effort. 

We appreciate your continued support of San Francisco. On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco and our hospitality community, we look forward to welcoming you back and are confident you will see improvements when you meet in San Francisco.