I love the opportunity to travel around and work at various convention centers located around the US and Canada. Every time I work in a city and at a convention center that I am unaccustomed to I learn something new. And since I started working in this industry my personal mandate has been to learn something new whenever possible. During a recent inter office meeting the subject of favorite convention centers to work at came up. And it really did get me thinking. There are so many great cities with great convention centers it’s so hard to choose just one. And yes when it comes to site selection there is more on the list than just a great city and convention center.
It’s Always Sunny and 75 Degrees at the San Diego Convention Center
Some of my favorite cities and convention centers to work in include New Orleans, Chicago, San Antonio, Toronto and San Francisco. But top of the list is San Diego and the San Diego Convention Center. Just recently I was working a program in San Diego at the convention center and had a renewed affection for this world class facility.
When you talk about San Diego the first thing locals and visitors alike will mention is “it’s always sunny and 75”. And while that is mostly true, as I have worked programs while it rained or was cooler throughout; it always does feel like a picture perfect climate. Whether you’ve been to San Diego before or you’re a first timer, whether in town for a vacation or conference, there is always something to do or see. San Diego is a hard to beat convention destination and really does come equipped with everything you need for success. Besides a world class convention center, this area is infused with a collection of accommodations, venues, attractions and restaurants. I guess simply said San Diego is a great destination to host a meeting or conference.
Shine the Light on the San Diego Convention Center
Welcome to the San Diego Convention Center! Located a quick 10 minutes from the airport the San Diego Convention Center can be found right in the center of it all in lively downtown. With plenty of adaptable and accommodating space, top-quality services and a top-notch team second to none, makes it a meeting planner’s top choice for all things meeting, special event, trade show and convention. This easy to get around town is equipped with a handy and accessible public transportation system has become one of the west coast’s most desirable locales. With the convention center situated within two miles of over 11,000 first-rate hotel rooms and more including four headquarter hotels, delegates can easily walk to a great assortment of entertainment, restaurants, attractions and more.
San Diego the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California is a city well known for many things; the beaches, the shopping, the views, the weather and a hard-to-beat convention center making it a meeting planner”s best reality. Based on size this convention center is rated 24th out of over 450 convention facilities in North America. And with 2.6 million square feet, this building has an abundance of indoor and outdoor meeting and exhibit space that can accommodate groups of all sizes.
Success at the San Diego Convention Center
I often use the expression success is in the details and this couldn’t be truer when it comes to choosing the right city and convention center. The San Diego Convention Center sales and convention services team will assist with everything from meeting and destination needs to customized services. They will manage all your needs from housing to registration from staffing to promotion and so much more. The team comes to the table with a wide range of help, suggestions, advice, recommendations, knowledge and resources. As they say “you’ve come to the right place for planning a seamless event from start to finish”.
When it comes to planning and hosting the best ever conference it takes a balance of building, building services and people. The San Diego Convention Center has that combination of experience, knowledge and expertise. The team is there to assist and support you every step of the way. Remember success is definitely in the details and you are sure to find just that when working with this outstanding building and team.