New San Francisco 'Neighborhood Network' Activates 'Micro-Citywide' Events

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While San Francisco is expanding its convention center, the city is short on space for citywide conventions. In response, the San Francisco Travel Association has launched a new program to help meeting planners organize "micro-citywide" conventions and events, it announced this week.

Called Meetings Neighborhood Network Connections, the new program creates a network of hotels and meeting venues in unique parts of the city, which collectively can offer greater meeting space and accommodations than a single hotel can provide on its own.

Three hotels in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood -- the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, and the Park Central San Francisco -- pioneered the Neighborhood Network Connections concept earlier this year when they formed the SOMA One Connection. Now, San Francisco Travel has created several other "Connections" alliances.

The San Francisco Downtown Connection, for example, is comprised of four adjacent hotels: the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Park 55 San Francisco-A Hilton Hotel, the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, and the Handlery Union Square Hotel. The Nob Hill Connection, meanwhile, consists of the Fairmont San Francisco, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, Stanford Court San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, and the Scarlet Huntington. Finally, the Westin St. Francis and the Grand Hyatt San Francisco comprise the Union Square Alliance.

"While Moscone Center is being expanded, San Francisco has increased hotel availability for 2016, 2017, and 2018. With the Neighborhood Network Connections, meeting planners can find flexible meeting space and accommodations for up to 2,500 on peak nights," said Joe D'Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association. "Attendees benefit by having an intimate neighborhood experience with the amenities of a citywide meeting."

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