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Meeting Planners

Why 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 you should be planning your next meeting in San Francisco. 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!


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.

Unique Venues

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.


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-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.


San Francisco Hotel Availability

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.

A calendar of property specific hotel availability and promotion dates is available for major convention hotels. This calendar will be updated quarterly. For more information, contact our Convention Sales team. They're ready to help you start booking!


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.


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.


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


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


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