Because San Francisco is a gateway city to over 30 international points, the city is culturally diverse. There are nearly 80 non-stop domestic connections, and even the helpful ambassadors at the SF Visitor Information Center speak 14 languages.
San Francisco is well known for its Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown, along with Lombard Street, the “crookedest street in the world.” Ranked as one of the world’s most walkable cities, it is also recognized for its cable car system—the last permanently operated one in the world.
A few steps from downtown is AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play, and across the Bay, the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics share a stadium.
Conventions and Meetings in San Francisco
For any event held on the West Coast, San Francisco venues are hard to beat. The city is limited as to how far out it can spread because of its geography, and this means airports, major freeways, train stations, public transport and ferry terminals are all within short distances of each other.
Convention centers include the Moscone Center, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Oakland Marriott City Center (containing the Grand Ballroom and Exhibit Halls East & West), The Regency Center and many others.
Meeting planners may also want to take advantage of numerous private, more intimate event settings including local California wineries, historic bay schooners, the unique Supperclub or the famous Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
Connectivity, Technology and “Green” Upgrades
Thanks to recent multi-million dollar upgrades, conference attendees will always be in touch and connected. For instance, the Moscone Center upgrade project now enables up to 60,000 wireless devices to stay connected over two million square feet of meeting space. Moscone Center is LEED Gold certified and raises recycling standards each year for convention centers. The center roof also houses the second largest publicly-owned solar power system in the country.
Big spaces call for environmentally-conscious planning however, and San Francisco delivers on “green” initiatives. It was named the greenest city in the first annual North American Green Cities Index in 2011.
Event Transportation Systems Knows the Streets of San Francisco
Navigating the city can be difficult for out-of-towners due to numerous hills, at-times-congested freeways and other events happening at the same time. ETS is well aware of these obstacles and is ready to manage it all with top-notch service, professionalism and flexibility.
For the best ground transportation services, be sure to contact ETS when planning a meeting or convention in San Francisco.