Big Ideas Born Here

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San Jose
San Jose

San Jose, 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.

It starts when you fly in to Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), welcoming more direct flights than ever. Say hello to international service from London, Beijing, Frankfurt and Vancouver and domestic service from Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. When you land at SJC, you’re only four miles from downtown. And with free Wi-Fi throughout the city, you’ll stay connected the whole way there.

Next, connect with the San Jose Convention Center. Completing a $22 million renovation, it’s raised the bar with increased efficiency and upgraded technology. Sound and lighting enhancements include a new 4K lighting system and Meyer Sound system – the first to be installed in a convention center. Other improvements include a reinforced infrastructure to decrease load-in and load-out times, allowing groups to utilize shorter date ranges when booking events.

Big ideas are born in venues like the elegantly restored California Theatre, a Beaux Arts gem built in 1927. Home to Opera San Jose as well as Symphony Silicon Valley, the California Theatre hosts concerts, plays, films, comedians, literary speakers and more. Hold your next keynote on the same stage as some of Silicon Valley’s greatest thinkers and innovators.

Looking for a breakout session with good taste? Treat your team to a VIP wine or beer tasting excursion between meetings. Offering customized tours to over 100 wineries and breweries, Tommy John’s Wine and Beer Tours provides the transportation as well as a gourmet lunch.

For dinner, enjoy sweeping views of the valley and city skyline when you dine at the GrandView Restaurant, which truly lives up to its name. Feel free to bring the party – they’ll easily cater groups up to 150, and they have a special event coordinator to assist with every detail.

No matter the meeting size, Team San Jose offers robust support for everything from housing and customized food and beverage menus to marketing services and special events.

If you were a brilliant meeting planner before, bringing your next meeting or convention to San Jose just might put you in the genius category.
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