Welcome to our San Jose meeting planning guide – a San Jose city guide for meeting planners. With seven impressive large-scale event facilities, numerous convention hotels and a wealth of versatile unique meeting spaces, San Jose is emerging from the shadows of other larger California meeting destinations of Los Angeles and San Diego as a top player. Thanks to a recent $1.7 billion investment in urban redevelopment, which revamped museums, libraries, parks and more, the city can offer the same big city amenities at very competitive rates. With its flexible pricing structure, San Jose provides groups with customized pricing based on room nights, food and beverage expenditures, overall economic impact and more.
Welcoming guests into the 10th largest city and one of the safest cities in the U.S. is the Mineta San Jose International Airport. As the 3rd largest airport on the West Coast, the airport sees over 10 million visitors per year and about 360 commercial flights per day.
Once inside the city, event attendees are greeted by a host of meeting facilities, the flagship of which is the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. With 143,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space, 100,000 square feet of pre-function space and a 22,000-square-foot ballroom, the immense convention center is equipped to host events of all types and sizes. Fitting for a convention center in the capital of Silicon Valley, McEnery is also one of the most technologically advanced meeting facilities in the world, offering webcasting and video streaming capabilities and a hyper-speed network infrastructure.
Within walking distance to the convention center, the spacious Center for the Performing Arts is a great alternative to large-scale events in San Jose. Also just across the street from the McEnery Convention Center, the Civic Auditorium is the premiere South Bay Concert location. The Spanish Mission-style building is also a perfect host for meetings and events, thanks to its 3,001 concert seats, four meeting rooms and general assembly space. Combined with other stunning event sites such as the California Theatre, HP Pavilion and Montgomery Theatre, San Jose approaches 200,000 square feet of meeting space.
San Jose event venues also offer the benefit of being eco-friendly. The city is one of the first to start a convention facility composting and recycling program. Non-recyclables, such as furniture, poster board and scrap metal, are donated to non-profit organizations and local schools.
In addition to going green, meeting and event planners can get green by hosting an event at one of the city's carefully tended parks. Group outings can be taken to a whole new level at San Jose's Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, which features the world's largest Monopoly game board. The board, which measures in at 930 square feet and is accented by huge game pieces, can be rented out and played by several people. Back indoors, the mango-colored Tech Museum of Innovation serves as a great backdrop for events in San Jose of up to 2,500 people.
San Jose's economy centers on high-technology engineering and computer and microprocessor technologies. The city serves as headquarters for such corporations as Adobe Systems Incorporated, Apple, Inc., Cisco and eBay. Higher learning also holds a strong presence in the city, as San Jose is home to San Jose State University, National Hispanic University and Lincoln Law School of San Jose.