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Why Meet in San Francisco?

Flexible venues in vibrant neighborhoods. Luxury hotels surrounded by fine dining and gorgeous public art. Green spaces and an innovative spirit. It's for all these reasons and more that there has never been a better time to meet in San Francisco. And if you're a San Francisco-based business, now is time to support the trusted local businesses that give San Francisco its character by meeting right here in the city. Read through for more of the benefits of meeting in the City by the Bay, and then start a conversation with our expert Convention Sales and Services teams. We can't wait to host you!

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Here's Why There's Never Been a Better Time to Meet in San Francisco

San Francisco Hotel Availability & Rates

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

  • 35,000 hotel rooms, with 19,000+ rooms within walking distance of The Moscone Center
  • 70+ hotels, with 1,100+ new hotel rooms coming by 2024
  • Great hotel availability and promotion dates
  • Lower average daily rates than Los Angeles, New York and Boston (as of 10/13/21)
  • New and limited time-only incentives for meeting at The Moscone Center

The San Francisco Travel convention sales team is a one-stop resource for information on hotel room availability and promotions for meeting planners.  They're ready to help you start booking!

No Attrition Fees
In light of our "new normal", numerous San Francisco Bay Area hotels have agreed to waive guest room attrition fees for new self-contained group bookings through Q1 of 2022. To view the list of 40+ hotels participating in this fantastic promotion, click here.

The Moscone Center: New Amenities, Great Location, GBAC Star Accreditation
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-mile-by-seven-mile grid. It’s walking distance to hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions, public transit and more.

The recently completed Moscone expansion has added more than 170,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space to the Center, including a 50,000-square-foot ballroom. The center now also features an enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting the North and South buildings above Howard St., featuring light art by famous creator Leo Villareal.

Moscone Center is accredited by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s 20 GBAC STAR program, and has implemented protocols from ASM Global’s VenueShield to continue offering the highest levels of safety, security, and consumer confidence.

Click here for more Moscone updates.

Unique Venues & Virtual Tours

Need an out-of-the-box idea? San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area offer more than 360 special event facilities and venues—nearly one for every day of the year. San Francisco Travel has working relationships with all of these spaces, not just the ones within city limits. Talk to our talented Convention Services team about finding a space and activating an event that your attendees will never forget. If you’re unable to visit San Francisco in person right now, we can bring San Francisco to you. Click below to take virtual tours of some of our most popular hotels and special event venues.

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Meet in the Great Outdoors

San Francisco's mild year-round weather, unique natural surroundings, and commitment to the environment all mean that some or all of your next event could be held outdoors. The Presidio, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, has multiple historic venues that offer stunning views of the bay and ocean beyond. Golden Gate Park is home to a number of popular attractions that also double as exciting event spaces. Restaurants in the city have taken over curbside, patio, and rooftop spaces to expand their capacity and safely host larger groups. Plus, San Francisco is just a short drive from some of the most breathtaking locations in Northern California, including wine country, Monterey, and Yosemite.

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 LGBTQ 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.

Easy to Get To (and Get Around)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 50 international destinations on more than 40 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects nonstop with 88 cities in the U.S. on 12 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, explore the city with San Francisco's Muni transit system, any of our tour or transportation partners, or simply on foot! Don't let our famous hills fool you; San Francisco is ranked as one of the top walking cities in the U.S.

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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
The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for San Francisco. However, we are not just here to assist the leisure visitor. We are your best, most affordable resource for securing room blocks and suggesting venues, arranging pre- and post-convention activities using our vast network of partner businesses, and in working with the city to meet your group's needs.

So what are your waiting for? Drop us a line and get ready to host the top meeting of your career right here in San Francisco!

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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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