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For Journalists: Resources and Services

Find contact information for media relations staff and get access to press materials, photo and video libraries and more.

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Thank you for your interest in San Francisco.  At the San Francisco Travel Association, we represent more than 1,500 businesses in and around San Francisco and assist thousands of journalists each year.  Our goal is to assist you as quickly and thoroughly as possible.  This is an outline of some of the services we provide to the media.

Media Visits/Editorial Tours

If you are planning a visit to San Francisco and need assistance with story ideas or travel itineraries in San Francisco, please complete and return the Media Assistance Form at the earliest possible opportunity. The earlier you contact us, the more we may be able to assist you.

The form is available at portal.sftravel.com/visitingjournalist/index.cfm

Please provide information on the number of readers for print media, unique visitors per month for websites and blogs and followers on social media channels. 

We require three weeks’ notice, longer for visits during our busier months (June-October). Requests for complimentary or press-rated accommodations are handled on an individual basis. Specific dates must be provided before accommodations can be arranged.

San Francisco Travel is not able to pay for airfare to bring journalists to San Francisco, nor can we guarantee complimentary ground transportation. If complimentary meals or tours are arranged for you, a gratuity of 18-20 percent to the server or guide is customary.

Film Permits

If you are planning to shoot film or video in public places in San Francisco, you must contact the City of San Francisco Film Commission for a Film Permit. Call (415) 554-6241 or visit http://filmsf.org.  The Film Commission is not associated with the San Francisco Travel Association.

Photo Video Library

San Francisco Travel offers an online media library of hundreds of digital images, as well as stock video footage (b-roll) available for non-commercial use in promoting travel to San Francisco.   

Visit barberstock.com, complete the brief registration and a user name and password will be sent to you promptly.

San Francisco Travel Website

Our official website, sftravel.com, provides suggested itineraries, story ideas, special event information, hotel reservations, neighborhood descriptions and more.  

San Francisco Travel Media Section

The Media section of the San Francisco Travel website sftravel.com/media  contains links to:

A Request for Media Assistance form – our staff will respond promptly 
“What’s New in San Francisco” – current and past editions are available
Classic San Francisco stories and other recent press releases
Statistics
Logos

Under the Explore banner you can discover:

Activities www.sftravel.com/explore/activities 

Dining www.sftravel.com/explore/dining 

Hotels www.sftravel.com/explore/hotels 

Nightlife www.sftravel.com/explore/nightlife 

Shopping www.sftravel.com/explore/shopping 

Events www.sftravel.com/explore/events 

Arts & Culture www.sftravel.com/explore/arts-culture 

Special Sections for Specific Audiences

Meeting Planners www.sftravel.com/meeting-planners

Travel Trade www.sftravel.com/travel-trade 

Partners www.sftravel.com/partners

Social Media

For media updates, follow @SFMediaRelation on Twitter.  

For an insider’s perspective, follow San Francisco: The Official Guide on Facebook at facebook.com/onlyinSF.  Follow San Francisco on Twitter at twitter.com/onlyinsf.

On Instagram, it’s @onlyinsf.  Our Pinterest is pinterest.com/onlyinsf.

To receive our monthly consumer newsletter, sign up at  sftravel.com/newsletter-signup

Visitor Information Center

More than 400,000 people are assisted each year at the Visitor Information Center at 900 Market St., lower level, Hallidie Plaza. This location isat the corner of Powell and Market Streets outside of the Powell Street BART/MUNI station. 

For general information on activities, transportation and lodging in San Francisco, call the Visitor Information Center at (415) 391-2000.

Visitors Planning Guide

The Visitors Planning Guide can be downloaded at sftravel.com/article/visitors-guide. To receive a copy by mail in the U.S., call (415) 391-2000, write to the San Francisco Travel Association, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102-2804; or send an email to vic1@sftravel.com. The guide may be ordered at www.sftravel.com. Domestic and international shipping charges apply.