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  • Creme de la Creme

    By Nikki Gloudeman

    April 23, 2014

    How does something go from good to great? It’s a tough question to answer, but also essential for planners to ask. Because increasingly, getting attendees to stay engaged with the content of a meeting requires an experience that is more than serviceable—it must be extraordinary.

  • Bursting with Creativity

    By Dan Johnson

    December 26, 2013

    It’s no secret that many of the world’s most creative people reside in Southern California. Plenty of them are lured by great year-round weather and inspiring landscapes, but perhaps above all, they’re attracted by the dynamic, innovative work of others and the opportunities to develop their own talents.

    This can clearly be seen in the highly diverse art that has long been a major attraction and continues to be created in cities and communities throughout the Southern California area. Exceptional artwork can be found virtually everywhere, ranging from the outstanding historical collection in the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana to the vast collection of masterpieces at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles to the captivating exhibits of works by emerging artists at the Scott White Contemporary Art Gallery in La Jolla.

    From a meeting planner’s perspective, one of the best things about incorporating art outings into a group’s agenda is that there are so many different activity options, including visits to museums, galleries, art festivals and special events. Six regions in Southern California are particularly appealing.

    Main image: La Quinta Arts Festival

  • The Big Picture

    By Dawna L. Robertson

    April 23, 2013

    Planner might easily be convinced that sunny San Diego is designed purely for nce. With San Diego International Airport (SAN), downtown and s wrapped into one tidy package, groups can hit the ground run- Pown to business in a flash. Hese congenial logistics, California’s second-largest city unfurls 269-square-mile canvas of possibilities. Seven distinctive regions stretch 86 miles from the Pacific Ocean to Anza-Borrego Desert and 65 miles from Cleveland National Forest to the Mexico border. It all adds up to meetings and diversions that are far from the same old grind.

  • Catching up with Southern California

    By Nikki Gloudeman

    December 31, 2012

    Setting trends is second nature to Southern California, a region consistently in the throes of buzz-generating new development. Planners who have never booked in this inspired region of the country will find the fresh inventory enticing; those who have booked here, even frequently, will be pleased that the meetings product rarely feels stale.

  • 72 Hours in San Diego

    By Jessie Fetterling

    April 30, 2012

    There are many elements of San Diego that just scream vacation, even when business tops the itinerary. The 70 miles of Pacific shore, where sand castles, bicycles and colorful beach umbrellas abound. The downtown area, with taco shops, sushi restaurants and entertaining nightlife options that run the gamut. And myriad attractions—Balboa Park, SeaWorld, Old Town, Padres baseball games— that keep visitors occupied year-round.

  • The United Nations of California

    By Sandi Cain

    December 28, 2011

    California is well known for its Spanish and Mexican heritage, but it also boasts roughly 70 other ethnicities, reflected in delightful museums, restaurants and cultural centers throughout the state.

Learn about San Diego for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations

Destination Description

Smart Stats:

Number of Meetings Hotels: 230
Total Hotel Rooms: 54,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 162
Local Convention Centers: San Diego Convention Center, SDSU Conference Center, Marina Village Conference Center
Local Airports San Diego International Airport
Local CVB: San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau San Diego CVB

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San Diego, CA: What Makes San Diego the Perfect Conference, Convention or Meeting Destination

The 70 miles of breathtaking landscape that largely make up San Diego are a piece of coastal bliss flaunting flora and fauna all year round, making for a perfect setting for destination meetings and conferences at any time of year. Not the typical SoCal destination—less of that L.A. urban feel or Orange County surfer-dude vibe—San Diego instead provides a more laid back, escape-from-it-all kind of simplicity that makes it a perfect retreat for meeting-goers. “We always call it God’s country because there’s this certain calm and peacefulness and lack of congestion,” says Margie Sitton, senior vice president of sales for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau.

And lack of congestion is what makes meeting planning in San Diego so ideal. Destination meeting planners have an array of choices when it comes to scheduling a conference or finding a meeting venue that also offers outside-the-meeting room activities.

Meeting attendees can take to the beach on the breezy shores of La Jolla, filled with sun-bathing seals and eclectic breakfast spots. Do a little networking or team building on the green and find out why San Diego is a leading golf destination, or play the ponies at the iconic horse-racing tracks in Del Mar.  With such an abundance of options and activities paired with ample facilities for intimate meetings and annual conferences alike, you will find thatSan Diego delivers on its motto, “happy happens.”  

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