Happiness Is: Calling Your Meeting to San Diego

September 7, 2021
San Diego

Sponsored by San Diego Tourism Authority

Whether you’re returning or visiting for the first time, San Diego is ready to greet you with open skies and wide-open spaces. Our sun-soaked surroundings, sandy beaches and countless outdoor venues and renovations will liberate your thinking, open you up to big ideas and renew your outlook. Because when it comes to getting down to business, San Diego offers the ideal backdrop to elevate any meeting or event.

Make Your Meeting Safe — and Sunny

San Diego makes it easy to gather safely outdoors, and our teams are dedicated to ensuring the health, well-being and security of all. We’ve put extensive protocols in place so your attendees can relax, network freely and enjoy the creativity and collaboration that only in-person meetings can provide.

Open-air Venues That Are a Breath of Fresh Air

Our varied menu of meeting and event venues is breathtakingly long. But they all share our year-round temperate climate that makes it easy to meet outside, poolside, bayside or beachside. The San Diego Convention Center, located along the waterfront in Downtown San Diego, is just steps from the historic Gaslamp Quarter. This iconic facility has hosted countless events throughout its rich history and is known for its world-class service.

Discover Something New Under the Sun

The newest addition to San Diego’s splendor is The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. Located on the edge of the San Diego Bay and just a short walk from the Convention Center, this striking state-of-the-art venue is available for public and private events. Home to the San Diego Symphony, it boasts a calendar that’s packed with a rich slate of performances by today’s top musical and theatrical talent. This open-air venue — a work of art in itself — boasts an acoustically engineered stage embraced by an elegant concert shell that’s designed to deliver every note with absolute clarity. Tiered seating for up to 10,000 people offers unobstructed views of the stage from every angle.


And close by, you’ll find Downtown’s Embarcadero and its newest addition, Portside Pier. This over-the-water dining complex features four signature bayfront restaurants, outdoor patios, a viewing deck and dock-and-dine berths.

Many of the region’s hotels and resorts have undergone extensive renovations, including the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Mission Bay Resort and Bahia Resort on Mission Bay. The Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley recently completed a $90 million transformation, including guest rooms, meeting and exhibit space and a new 10,000-square-foot pool complex. Virtually every venue provides the opportunity to hold an outdoor meeting where your attendees can enjoy blue skies, sunshine and ocean breezes while getting down to business.

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A Warm Welcome Awaits

No city is more ready to make your next meeting safe, open and exciting than San Diego. And no other city can offer the joy of wandering through Balboa Park’s gardens, kayaking or snorkeling in La Jolla, or so many other options for outdoor networking and fun before or after your meeting. Our airport is just 10 minutes from Downtown, with lively, walkable neighborhoods nearby. We’ve got the positive outlook and the perfect climate for creativity that can make your meeting memorable and productive. Happiness is: Ready and waiting for you and your team in San Diego.

Let us help you make your next meeting an unparalleled, sunny success and an extraordinary experience for everyone. Visit SanDiego.org/meetings or call 877-973-6338 to start planning today. 

Funded in part with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds.

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Partner Voices

As event professionals and destinations adjust, adapt and evolve in these uncharted waters, it is imperative that substantial resources be put in place for all of the people responsible for planning and executing trade shows, expositions and conventions. An example is Mohegan Sun, which built an industry-leading, COVID-19 Resource Center with a combination of pictures from recently held successful events (the property reopened on May 1, 2020) along with several widely available and informative documents, such as an evolving operational framework: