Sunday 17 August 2008

Who to know in San Francisco

The strong dollar and increased air capacity out of Australia hasn't gone unnoticed in the United States with many suppliers turning their focus to Australia and New Zealand as one of their key target markets.

The following suppliers are all featured in the San Francisco Travel Planners Guide and have expressed their interest in working closely with Australian wholesalers and agents to encourage and capture growth from the region.

Joie de Vivre Hotels
Catering for business and leisure travellers, Joie de Vivre have 22 hotels in San Francisco, 2 in Mill Valley, 1 in Tiburon, 1 in Napa and 6 in San Jose.

Handlery Union Square Hotel
Guests rave about the location of the hotel in the bustling heart of San Francisco. The Handlery Union Square is a family owned hotel with a focus on personal service.

Renoir Hotel
The Renoir is described as a friendly, cosmopolitan boutique in a historic landmark building. The hotel is located downtown close to Union Square, City Hall and SOMA district.

Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf
Recent renovations saw US$33 million being spent on the 529 rooms, restaurant and lobby. Other features include heated outdoor pool and complimentary fitness room.

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Hornblower Cruises are the official operator of Alcatraz Cruises. They boast the largest fleet on the West Coast and also offer dinner and daily lunch cruises.

Pier 39
First-time and repeat visitors to San Francisco visit Pier 39 for the shopping, 14-bay view restaurants, street performers and of course the sea lions.

CityPass San Francisco
A perennial favourite for good reason – the Attraction Pass Book offers a 50% discount on the price of many of San Francisco's major attractions. Additionally, it allows for unlimited travel on cable cars and MUNI public transport for up to nine days.

SuperShuttle San Francisco
SuperShuttle are the latest airport transportation company in the United States with 100 vans in the San Francisco area offering 24/7 exclusive or shared services. Execu Car is a town car service offering high level services. SuperShuttle have discount and voucher programs available for groups.

San Mateo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Just south of San Francisco, San Mateo has 100 kilometres of Pacific coastline and 50 kilomentres of bay coastline as well as cultural attractions, restaurants and wineries, parks and walking tracks. Hotel room rates are significantly cheaper than in San Francisco making it an ideal choice for families or budget travellers.

For more information or contacts or to request a copy of the San Francisco Travel Planners Guide contact the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau on (02) 9361 0660, or visit

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