Spotlight : Silicon Valley : San Jose
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Meeting planners across America are on a quest for the ultimate meeting, and they’re finding their way to San Jose.

San Jose represents the only destination that offers one-stop shopping for meeting planners. The Team San Jose concept handles everything from housing and customized menus to permits and technically savvy special events. San Jose takes away the typical headaches associated with planning meetings, offering 223,000 square feet of diverse, column-free, flexible meeting space for all kinds of meetings.

San Jose as a destination is easy to manage and full of exciting surprises. Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco and northeast of Monterey, is well-known as a city of innovation, but more and more delegates are discovering that the city…well…rocks! And because we offer sunny, comfortable weather year-round, delegates can enjoy the city even in the winter.

Within walking distance of the convention center is an amazing array of cultural entertainment, nightlife and restaurants. Delegates short on time but eager to enjoy a performance or museum discover that San Jose is laid out like a cultural campus, with facilities such as the Civic Center, California Theater and local groups such as the opera, ballet, Repertory Theater, Museum of Art, Tech Museum of Innovation and Children’s Discovery Museum all within blocks of each other. The Mexican Heritage Plaza is a short cab ride away, and eclectic galleries a short walk away in the groovy SoFA District (South of First Area), which also features diverse nightlife, many of which feature live music from jazz and house to blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Dotted throughout downtown are hip and casual restaurants, from sophisticated spots in boutique or convention hotels to bar-friendly bistros in San Pedro Square. Those looking for a little pampering can enjoy day spas around the city, or enjoy major destination spas such as the Tova Day Spa at the Fairmont San Jose, one of downtown’s premier convention hotels.

Just three miles west of downtown is the trendy Santana Row, a happening shopping and entertainment center featuring diverse shopping from designer boutiques to bookstores. Stroll the European-style streets and shop, drop in at a day spa, enjoy cutting-edge cuisine al fresco or listen to international rhythms at several outdoor clubs. Shopaholics can walk across the street and enjoy the Westfield Valley Fair Mall.

San Jose is smack in the middle of Santa Cruz wine country, featuring dozens of beautiful wineries and vineyards just minutes from the city. Wine connoisseurs can sip and enjoy a variety of vintages overlooking the vines or between meetings downtown at the J. Lohr tasting room. Delegates wanting to bring their families for the weekend can enjoy kid-friendly museums, hiking on beautiful trails or amusement parks such as Great America and Raging Waters. They can also drive a half hour to the beach and spend part of the day at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk before heading back to San Jose for afternoon and evening entertainment. If you want to plan the ultimate meeting—and give delegates a destination they can sink their teeth into— think San Jose!

For the SJCVB (Team San Jose), please contact us at 408-295-9600 or submit an RFP online at www.SanJose.org. For The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, please call 408-998-1900 or submit an RFP online at sanjose@fairmont.com. — Marshall E. Jones, CMP