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October '05 Conventions in San Francisco Bring Visitors
by the Thousands, Revenue by the Millions
October 6, 2005 - October is traditionally one of the busiest months for conventions in San Francisco and October 2005 is no exception.  Of the many groups booked in the city, four are particularly notable.

The Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America ends on Sunday, October 9.  With 5,000 people, the group has broken their attendance record, a common occurrence for conventions in San Francisco.  The estimated economic impact for the city is $7,793,491.

The League of California Cities, meeting in San Francisco through Sunday, October 9, is a mid-size group of 3,500 attendees that includes key California city officials, mayors from throughout the state and other elected agency leaders.  The economic impact of this influential group will be over $4 million.

The American College of Surgeons will bring their Annual Clinical Congress to San Francisco Sunday, October 16, through Thursday, October 20.  With 18,000 attendees, they will have an estimated economic impact of $29,137,971.

The National Association of Realtors will hold their Realtors Conference & Expo on Wednesday, October 26, through Monday, October 31.  There will be 24,000 attendees with an estimated economic impact of $34,137,411.

"The American College of Surgeons and National Association of Realtors are two of just a handful of groups that use all three buildings of Moscone Center - North, South and West," said Mark Theis, vice president, conventions, with the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB).

"To have them within a week of each other, combined with other major events like the American Express Championship, Fleet Week, the opening of the de Young Museum and Halloween in the Castro, make October an extraordinary month."

Looking Ahead: April 18, 2006, will be the centennial of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, an event that changed San Francisco forever and prompted the nickname, "The City That Knows How."  Dozens of special exhibits, walking tours, educational workshops and lecture series are being planned to "Commemorate, Celebrate and Educate."   Information is being compiled at 

Founded in 1909, 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.  The SFCVB is located at 201 Third St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit 


Laurie Armstrong
Vice President, Public Relations
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
201 Third Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone (415) 227-2603, Fax (415) 227-2668

Also See: Continental Development Corporation Building a 550 room InterContinental Hotel Near San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center / September 2005
The 300,000 sq ft Moscone West Convention Center Expansion is Completed; 89 Pre-Opening Bookings through 2013 / June 2003


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