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 Society of Critical Care Medicine Moves 9,000 Room Night
Convention from New Orleans to San Francisco
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September 8, 2005 - The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau has booked the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 2006 annual Critical Care Congress for January 7-11, 2006, in Moscone Center.    

"This represents our first post-Hurricane Katrina relocation booking," said John Marks, SFCVB president.   "We are continuing to work with a number of other potential groups as well.  Many are looking for short-term availability, which is difficult to accommodate as Moscone Center is already heavily booked for the next couple of months."

The Society is projected to have an attendance of 5000, representing 9000 total room nights. The economic impact to San Francisco will be $7 million. 

"We are pleased to have found a new home for the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 35th Critical Care Congress, " said SCCM President Peter B. Angood, MD, FCCM. "San Francisco is a unique location that offers various attractions to appeal to our international participants. We are confident that the Moscone West Convention Center, its surrounding hotels and the city of San Francisco will accommodate the Society's needs and provide each attendee with an ideal learning environment."

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that all city-wide conventions (those utilizing convention center space and three or more hotels) in New Orleans are cancelled through March 31, 2006.

San Francisco's hospitality industry has reacted to the Gulf Coast disaster with an outpouring of relief efforts, from special benefit events to matching donations to the American Red Cross and other organizations.  The SFCVB is posting a roster of these relief efforts on their Web site, www.sfvisitor.org, as they are announced.

The introduction to the listings explains the connection.  "San Francisco shares many things with New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Tourism is a mainstay in both of our economies. Both are famous for cuisine, entertainment, charm, hospitality and diversity...San Franciscans have a history of rising to the occasion to help those in need. Below is a compilation of upcoming events and fundraisers, coordinated by members of the San Francisco hospitality community, to help Hurricane Katrina relief efforts."

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the City as a leisure, convention and business travel destination.  With nearly 1,700 member businesses, the SFCVB is the largest membership-based tourism promotion agency in the country.

Founded in 1909 the SFCVB's mission is to strengthen the San Francisco economy by marketing the City as a destination for meetings, conventions, tradeshows and leisure visitors through sales, advertising and promotion, and to provide the visitor and convention attendee, services that enhance the Bureau's effort and the visibility of its members.  The Bureau is located at 201 Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. For more information, call (415) 974-6900 or visit www.sfvisitor.org <http://www.sfvisitor.org>. 

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Contact:

Laurie Armstrong
(415) 227-2603
larmstrong@sfcvb.org
sfcvb.org
 

Society of Critical Care Medicine:
Elaine Salewske
Marketing & Communications Manager 
(847) 827-7095

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