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Hear What Satisfied Convention Clients Had to Say About Meeting in San Francisco

Find out what some of San Francisco Travel's meeting planner clients had to say about their great experiences meeting in the City by the Bay

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San Francisco Travel is your one-stop shop for all your meeting and convention needs. Our talented team can help you with everything from site selection to hotel bookings, from group dining to team-building adventures, and from transportation to attendee orientation. But don't take our word for it. Check out these testimonials from some of our clients about how San Francisco Travel's complimentary services helped them succeed when meeting in San Francisco.

When did you start partnering with San Francisco Travel and why?

"I started working with San Francisco Travel probably four or five years ago. They have been invaluable in providing resources and information on what's going on in the city. Being able to have very candid conversations about my needs with San Francisco Travel is key, and it's been a huge benefit." - Monica Palacios, Regional Vice President, HelmsBriscoe

"I began working with San Francisco Travel back in 2003. We were working on moving an annual meeting to the West Coast, and I thought the city was a perfect fit. We were able to work together to provide solutions for that particular customer and give them assurances that the program would be successful." - Robert DeLuca, Senior Vice President / Team Director, ConferenceDirect

"I've been working with San Francisco Travel for more than 11 years. They know more about the city than I ever could." - Emily DeYoung, Senior Director, Educational Programs, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Tell us about the size and style of meetings you plan when working with San Francisco Travel.

"The meetings that I bring to San Francisco have around 600 attendees, sometimes as many as 1,000. They come from all over the world." - Paula Anderson, Senior Conference Planner, IEEE Computer Society

"We work with San Francisco Travel on small executive meetings and also our large user conferences. We're talking anywhere from five to 3,000 attendees." - Peter Schmitt, CMP, Sr. Manager Corporate Events, Procurement, Pivotal Software

"We've placed a wide range of programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, from high-end board meetings to larger self-contained programs of about 2,000 people. In most cases, we continue to bring those groups back for additional years." - Robert DeLuca, Senior Vice President / Team Director, ConferenceDirect

"My organization hosts about 60 different conferences and events, ranging from 100 people up to 1,200 people. In San Francisco, there are properties that can host all of those groups comfortably." - Emily DeYoung, Senior Director, Educational Programs, Council for Advancement and Support of Educatio

What makes San Francisco such a good destination for your meeting?  

"It's a world renowned city that everybody wants to be in. It offers a great variety of properties and easy access from airports. It's never trouble to convince our attendees to come here." - Alexandra Carvalho-Lukachova, Senior Meeting Planner, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

"San Francisco is somewhere people want to explore and be immersed in the culture of the city. You have the water views from hotels. You have attractions. It's really just a very attractive package overall." - Lauren Andrews, Director of Site Selection & Contract Services, Meeting Expectations

"San Francisco is the total package. There's world class dining. It's accessible. A lot of our attendees come from Europe and Asia and it's easy for them to get here. Most importantly, there are a lot of things to do in San Francisco that really broaden the attendees' experience." - Chas Haynes, Executive Director, Society for Neuro-Oncology

What do your attendees like about attending a meeting in San Francisco?

"How versatile the city is. You can have a great meeting in a beautiful hotel and have excellent off-site activities. There are tons of things to do, tons of places to go. There is something for every group, for every meeting, for every person's interests in San Francisco." - Alexandra Carvalho-Lukachova, Senior Meeting Planner, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

"Our attendees love coming to San Francisco, because they have the opportunity to dine, to be entertained, and to be filled with all the San Francisco culture that makes this such an international destination." - Peter Schmitt, CMP, Sr. Manager Corporate Events, Procurement, Pivotal Software

"I love the way I feel when I come to San Francisco. The diversity, the restaurant options, just the entire feel and the culture that San Francisco offers. It's an absolutely iconic city and people want to be here." - Monica Palacios, Regional Vice President, HelmsBriscoe  

What were some of the pain points of planning that San Francisco Travel has helped you with?

"San Francisco Travel helps with disseminating information to all the partners in the city, and they have a wealth of information on meeting venues. That's become a very helpful tool for us. The fact that San Francisco Travel stretches way beyond the city limits is also very helpful for us." - Alexandra Carvalho-Lukachova, Senior Meeting Planner, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

"We see San Francisco Travel as an extension of our team. We use them on every search that we send out on behalf of our clients. They help us with site visits. They help us with off-site venues, transportation companies. I feel like we couldn't do our jobs without them." - Lauren Andrews, Director of Site Selection & Contract Services, Meeting Expectations

Tell us about a time that San Francisco Travel helped delivered a “wow” moment during your meeting.

"We wanted to have a really impactful kickoff to our meeting. San Francisco Travel helped us find the right venue and come up with the theme. We used a venue that had a 360-degree view of San Francisco. We pulled all the wonderful neighborhoods into the program. We had an area for Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, and even Ghirardelli Square. It was so much fun. It allowed people to mingle and to taste and see all the wonderful things San Francisco has to offer." - Peg Wolschon, CMP, Manager of Events, Calyx Software

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