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Inside Tips from the San Francisco Travel Convention Sales & Services Team

Remember these secrets from the destination experts that will help you host a successful meeting in the City by the Bay.

The team at San Francisco Travel are your destination experts for all things San Francisco and the Bay Area beyond. Our Convention Sales & Services department specializes in connecting meeting and event planners with the hotels, venues, and vendors they need to stage a successful meeting. Here are a few tips from members of our team about the fun, tasty, scenic, and hidden delights that you should be sure to share with your attendees.

"I love going to Golden Gate Park and visiting the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, and the Japanese Tea Garden. It is a great way to spend a day in the city." – Beth Melanson, Senior Manager, Convention Sales, Eastern Region 

"Visit local favorite China Beach or the nearby Legion of Honor to get a different view of the Golden Gate Bridge."  – Marco Rodriguez, Manager, Convention Sales

"Two amazing food truck parks are great off-site venues for groups looking for something casual but authentically San Francisco. SoMa Streat Food Park and the newest venture by the same team, Spark Social SF, feature an impressive array of Bay Area food trucks with indoor and outdoor seating, fire pits and even a sports field nearby for team building. These venues can accommodate groups from 50 to 1,000." – Susanna Flores, Director, Convention Sales, New York 

"As you start planning the details of your meeting, be sure to contact our Convention Services Team to find out what’s new in San Francisco. We can provide customized solutions for your specific meeting needs." – Teresa Wong-Jones, Senior Manager, Convention Services

"For some exercise the next time you are in San Francisco, take the Filbert Steps—all 600 of them—up to Coit Tower. Then reward yourself with a delicious breakfast at Mama's in North Beach. Be sure to start early; there is always a line when it opens!" – Donna Del Gallo, Director, Citywide Accounts, Washington, D.C. 

"Did you know that the new Chase Arena, the future home of the Golden State Warriors, will open for the 2019 basketball season and add an 18,000-seat arena for large conventions? – Brenda Holland, Director, Citywide Accounts, Midwest Region 

"One of my favorite Italian restaurants here in San Francisco is Jackson Fillmore located in Pacific Heights. It’s family owned, not too expensive, they make everything fresh every day, and it’s always amazing!  I’ve had many events there and they always make me feel welcome and appreciated." — Jason Wolterstorff, Senior Manager, Convention Sales 

"Go beyond city limits and head south to Monterey.  It’s a great weekend trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Plus, there’s plenty of meeting space there!" – Anthony Mancuso, Manager, Convention Sales