beautiful scenery, and non-stop flights to more than 39 international destinations and 77 cities in the US are all contributing factors that regularly lead to record breaking attendance for meetings in San Francisco.
The Moscone Center, San Francisco’s convention center, is currently undergoing a $500 million expansion that will add more than 170,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 50,000 square foot ballroom. There will also be an enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting the North and South buildings above Howard Street. The Moscone Center will remain fully operational during the expansion, which is set to be completed by 2018.
This expansion makes 2017 a good year for smaller business groups to choose San Francisco because large convention groups are delaying their San Francisco meetings until the Moscone Center is complete. This means local hotels are offering promotions to smaller business groups; even groups requiring as few as 10 hotel rooms will find promotions such as free Wi-Fi, comped rooms, hosted receptions, and audio-visual discounts.
San Francisco Travel is also working with the local hotel community regularly to help determine dates of greatest availability and special promotions. Currently over 37 top tier San Francisco hotels are participating in San Francisco Travel’s WOW Promotion: Book a group (minimum of 10 guestrooms per night) over the promotional dates, and pick two promotions. If you are interested in these availability dates and current promotions, please contact your Global Cynergies Account Executive or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pullman San Francisco Bay, ideally situated between San Francisco and San Jose, is only minutes away from the San Francisco International Airport. Standing on the shores of a tranquil lagoon, nature’s beauty inspires a refreshing ambience in every space of this luxurious establishment – from the lobby and award winning Bay 223 restaurant, to each spacious room and suite.
Raising the standards for style and service to new heights, this premier 421 guestroom facility is sleek and modern in design. There are 15 meeting rooms totaling 17,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, including a Grand Ballroom and a two-story naturally lit pre-function area. Each space is fully equipped with high speed wireless and wired internet access, state of the art technology, and dedicated event and audio visual specialists. Everything you could possibly need to make business a pleasure is right there at your fingertips.
Kathleen McIntosh, GC Account Executive – USA, shares:
“The Pullman San Francisco Bay (formerly the Sofitel) in Redwood City is conveniently located close to many Bay Area locations. It is a contemporary, stylish hotel with lots of light and water views. This property has a spacious lobby entrance, a two-story light filled pre-function space, flexible meeting space, and their service is excellent. This is a great property for corporate events and holiday festivities.”
Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague
At the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel in Prague, guests are transported to a different time, captivated by marble floors, soaring ceilings, and antique lighting. The stylish charm found in the 204 guestrooms and suites is complemented by modern amenities like air conditioning, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and LCD televisions. The hotel has a premier central location, lying in close proximity to the Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, and Prague Castle.
Whether hosting a business conference or gala dinner, the hotel’s 10 meeting rooms and 5,800 square feet with free high-speed Wi-Fi, videoconferencing, and DigiChart Innovative capabilities, make this property an ideal setting. The hotel also offers a business center, personalized menus prepared by experienced chefs, and a dedicated meetings & events coordinator.
Nina Rexroat, GC Account Executive – USA, shares:
“The Radisson Blu Alcron has a good location right off Wenceslas Square – close enough to be in the main tourist area, but on a quieter street. Their onsite restaurant, Alcron, was one of the first restaurants in Prague to be awarded a Michelin Star.”
The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, presents a perfect business hotel featuring a variety of resort amenities in a Mediterranean setting on the Adriatic coastline. Located only 7 miles from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik, this five star resort features 201 hotel guestrooms, 207 fully-appointed residences, and offers some of the largest and most flexible meeting space in Dubrovnik.
With ultra-modern meeting facilities totaling 19,300 square feet split over two levels, including a business center, a separate delegate entrance, pre-function areas, 8 meeting rooms, a spacious ballroom, and a variety of breakout spaces, this resort has been able to successfully manage many blue chip corporate conferences, meetings, and incentives. To ensure success, all meeting rooms are equipped with free high-speed Wi-Fi, top-of-the-range audio-visual equipment, and individually controlled air conditioning, with most rooms enjoying natural light and gorgeous sea views.
Since the resort sits on its own beautiful grounds, it offers an exceptional palette to design highly varied and customized events from one convenient location. The rooftop terrace, exclusive residences, large sports center, and host of innovative restaurants and bars are just some of the additional on-site venues available for hosting memorable meetings or incentive events. Oak Tree, the latest addition to this list, is the largest outdoor function space in Dubrovnik with a seating capacity of 900 people for a black-tie gala. This completes the circle of numerous MICE possibilities, making the Radisson Blu Dubrovnik an ideal choice for hosting large events.
According to Anna-Larisa Snijders, GC Account Executive – The Netherlands,
“The Radisson Blu Dubrovnik has a definite wow-factor as you enter the lobby with its fantastic views over the Adriatic Sea. The bedrooms and most of the meeting space also have stunning ocean views. The outdoor area is beautifully laid out with multiple swimming pools, gardens, and a very relaxing atmosphere. There is a fantastic staff, and the friendly locals make the stay even more welcoming and memorable.”
The Radisson Blu Hotel Frankfurt, known for its unique architecture and excellent service, is located within walking distance to the exhibition center, nearby the main train station, and just 15-minutes from the airport, making this property perfect for business travelers.
There are 428 guestrooms and suites designed in four different interior styles to suit everyone’s taste. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure spectacular views, and is equipped with free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. The meeting space totals about 18,300 square feet and is suitable for meetings, conferences, and other festive occasions. All 16 meeting rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, free high-speed Wi-Fi, state of the art AV equipment, and huge panoramic windows. The spectacular Showroom, which is car accessible, has direct access to the terrace.
The Radisson Blu’s unique “Experience Meetings” concept guarantees successful meetings and events, especially with the core component, “Brain Food” offering perfect nutrition for meetings, increasing the ability to concentrate, reducing stress, and facilitating faster thinking.
Cherryl Brazier, Director of Global Sales at Carlson Rezidor Hotels, shares:
“The Radisson Blu Hotel Frankfurt has expanded its meeting and lobby area, offering even better and more innovative opportunities for meetings. There are 6 brand new modern meeting rooms spanning 2,000 square feet of space on the first floor. This property is very popular with pharmaceutical clients because of our Brain Food menus, coupled with the fact that our staff has a thorough understanding of the pharmaceutical compliance code and current German laws.”
both international centers of culture and style. There are 6 newly renovated meeting rooms totaling 5,500 square feet of meeting space, including the exquisite 1,800 square foot Paris Ballroom accommodating up to 120 people for a seated dinner which also has its own entrance on H Street.
At the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, the international staff is trained and knowledgeable in the art of making each individual feel special, handling all of the details to ensure a flawless event, and exceeding each and every guest’s expectations.
With 23 meeting rooms totaling 58,000 square feet, the Grosvenor House boasts unrivaled event space for entertaining on the grandest scale, or working one on one. Home to some of the most prestigious events of the year, the Ballroom and the famous Great Room often attract royalty, heads of state, and celebrities.
Centrally located in the heart of London overlooking Hyde Park, the Grosvenor House is conveniently located within easy reach of key London attractions; the West End and Knightsbridge are just a short stroll away, and Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, and Houses of Parliament are all easily accessible.
Pat Durocher, Global Cynergies CEO & Founder, shares:
“The iconic Grosvenor House has a great location and is an ideal property for large groups. The Park Room looks out to Hyde Park and is a relaxing way to watch the city of London go by! The food at the JW Steakhouse is excellent, and their signature cheesecake desert is to die for!”
The 2,000 square feet of meeting space can accommodate up to 90 people, and the boardroom sits 12 people. As experts in planning the perfect meeting or event, this hotel also offers specialty suites and spaces for more creative meetings and social gatherings. The back side of the lobby can host up to 50 people for a reception, and the penthouse offers an intimate setting for up to 20 people. The Executive Hotel Le Soleil ensures exceptional meetings to surpass all expectations.
Maria Schuhman, GC Account Executive – USA, shares:
“I was impressed with how nicely the guestrooms were appointed. They had very large windows (almost floor to ceiling) which made it feel like a larger space. With the location being very good (especially for the fashion industry), and boutique hotels growing in popularity, the Executive Le Soleil could be a very good match with the right price point.”
• What worked in 2016 that you want
• What didn’t work in 2016 that you want to modify?
• Will next year’s meetings differ from 2016? If so, how?
• Are you expecting to hold events in destinations that might require advance
sourcing due to high demand?
• Are there any destinations you might consider that could provide good value?
In answering these questions, consider the following:
• Planning in advance is wise for high demand destinations like: Amsterdam,
New York, San Francisco, Nashville, and Charleston.
• Destinations that were previously too expensive might be affordable now.
Plan and take advantage of these opportunities.
o London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh are more affordable than they have been
in a long time due to the devaluation of the GBP.
o Paris is even more affordable for North Americans given the devaluation
of the EUR.
o Canada is great value for those in the US.
• Consider multi-year contracts for these great valued destinations.
• Book and pay for programs while the exchange rates are in your favor.
Want to consult with a knowledgeable professional about your meeting plans for 2017? Your Global Cynergies Account Executive is happy to assist or contact us at email@example.com.