Diego, the nation's seventh largest city, is already established as a
favorite convention destination. Today the city offers even more than
its relaxed resort appeal to meeting planners. This sparkling waterfront
city pulses with a new urban sophistication. Meeting planners can choose
from over 50,000 hotel rooms county-wide; many new hotel developments;
expanded San Diego Convention Center, boasting 1.7 million interior gross
sq. ft.; and the San Diego Concourse, a 75,207 sq. ft. multi-purpose convention
and performing arts complex.
Downtown has evolved into an exciting urban center with new hotels,
major shopping complexes (Horton Plaza), and continuing renewal in the
historic Gaslamp Quarter. A renovated cruise ship terminal welcomes cruise
ships from many destinations. The harbor bustles with restaurants, shops,
and sightseeing excursions. Just minutes away, San Diego International
Airport serves over 20 different airlines.
The San Diego Convention Center is located on sparkling San Diego Bay
in the heart of a vibrant downtown and was recently named one of the top
three convention centers in the world. Abundant, flexible space and five-star
service make the San Diego Convention Center the meeting planners¹
choice for hosting major conventions, trade shows, meetings and special
San Diego is a meeting planner's dream. The year-round sunshine, 70
miles of beaches, and unlimited outdoor activities appeal to singles and
families alike. The dazzling array of attractions (Balboa Park, Sea World,
Seaport Village, the world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal
Park), unique shopping, the lure of nearby Mexico, spectator and participant
sports all combine to build attendance for successful and memorable meetings.
Transportation, services, and facilities that will enhance any meeting
are readily available.
The city is fast making a name for itself as an important and diverse
cultural center as well, offering a kaleidoscope of opera, ballet, museums,
and world-class, Tony Award-winning theatre.
Whether the agenda calls for deep-sea fishing and boating along the
coastline, ballooning or golfing in North County, shopping in Mission
Valley, exploring East County's mountains and deserts, or doing it up
downtown, San Diego is the perfect meeting destination. Spruced-up or
brand new hotels, restaurants, and attractions all over San Diego County
have put out the welcome mat for meeting planners and delegates. There's
never been a more exciting time to visit San Diego.