San José, California, knows a thing or two about genius. In the heart of Silicon Valley, it’s home to some of the world’s most innovative tech companies and inspiring business leaders. It’s where tomorrows happen – today. But there’s more to this future-ready city than high tech and cutting edge, and meeting planners are making the connection.
The newly modernized Mineta San José International Airport is welcoming more direct flights than ever – including international service to London, Beijing, Frankfurt, and Vancouver and newly added domestic service to New York, Chicago, Baltimore-Washington, and Salt Lake City. And when you land, you’re just four miles from downtown, so you never have to miss a step.
You don’t ever have to miss an email, either. San José offers unparalleled connectivity with Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi, the nation’s best free wireless experience. What’s more, it’s available all over town – extending from the airport, throughout downtown, and within the convention center.
When it comes to event space, feel free to spread out. Meeting planners can choose from one of seven San José–managed venues and cultural facilities, like the San José McEnery Convention Center and four historic theaters, which combine to offer 550,000 square feet of meeting space. And the city couldn’t be more accommodating, with 2,200 committable rooms within walking distance of the convention center and a total of 8,000 rooms available citywide.
After the convention, explore downtown’s more than 250 dining and nightlife options in Japantown San Jose, San Pedro Square, and Little Saigon. Then, stroll the eclectic strip of museums, entertainment venues, and galleries in the SoFA creative district, and interact with the latest gadgets at the Tech Museum of Innovation.
In San Jose’s surrounding areas, pair your meeting with a visit to award-winning wineries and a hike to scenic overlooks in the Santa Cruz Mountains, or geek out with a tech tour of Silicon Valley landmarks, including Apple, Google, and Facebook.
No matter how large or small the meeting, San José offers robust support for everything – from housing, convention services, and customized food and beverage menus to permits, marketing support, and special events.
If you were a brilliant meeting planner before, bringing your next meeting or convention to San José just might put you in the genius category.