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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Accompanyies Tourism
Officials on Sales Mission to Chicago, Washington DC
and New York City
March 9, 2007 - For the first time since he was elected in 2003, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will join officials of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) and 31 representatives of the city's tourism industry on a convention sales mission to Chicago and Washington, D.C. The delegation, which includes the Hotel Council of San Francisco as well as the Labor Council of San Francisco, will sit down for lunch with more than 240 top convention planners and make sales calls in both cities. 
Luncheon presentations are scheduled in Chicago on March 12 at the InterContinental Chicago and in Washington, D.C. on March 13 at the Mandarin Oriental. 
Brief stops at the offices of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in Washington, D.C. are also scheduled. 
Newsom and a smaller team from the SFCVB group will also call on the American Thoracic Society headquartered in New York City, host a luncheon for eight New York City-based clients and meet with travel and meeting trades media on March 14 and 15. 
The Convention & Visitors Bureau is organizing the trip to remind its clients how important their meeting business is to San Francisco and to give both new and existing clients a variety of new reasons to return to the city.       
The Bureau’s new President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro will present an update on San Francisco's hospitality industry. In the past 18 months more than 25 hotels in the city have been sold, and many of those have been re-flagged. According to local hotel industry experts, San Francisco has become the “must be” market for many hotel companies. Several major museums and a new 550-room InterContinental hotel are also slated to open in 2008.
Mayor Newsom is expected to meet one-on-one with many of the SFCVB’s top clients in both markets before and after the luncheons. General remarks including updates on San Francisco International Airport and the city’s emergence as a bio-tech capital at each function will be followed by a question and answer period during which the assembled planners will have an opportunity to address questions directly to the mayor.  
"The Mayor recognizes that tourism is San Francisco’s top industry and every single booking we make is vital to the economic vitality of San Francisco and our future growth as one of the world’s top destinations. He is coming with us to personally thank our clients for their business and learn firsthand how we can keep that business going forward," said D’Alessandro.
Tourism is the largest revenue-generating industry in San Francisco, generating $7.3 billion each year and supporting 66,315 jobs.
City & County of San Francisco
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
John Noguchi, Director of Convention Facilities & Property Management
Bill Lee, Director of International Economic & Tourism Development
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
Susie McCormick, Chairperson (Executive Publisher, 7x7 Magazine)
Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO
Leonard Hoops, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Kathryn Horton, Director of Convention Services
Lysa Lewin, Director of Convention Sales
Kenley Moy, Regional Director of Sales 
Ernie Garcia, Senior Corporate & Incentive Sales Manager
Deirdre Lewis, National Sales Manager
Leonie Patrick, National Sales Manager
Beth Melanson, National Sales Manager
Jason Wolterstorff, National Sales Manager
Hotel Council of San Francisco
Patricia Breslin, Executive Director
SMG/Moscone Center
Richard Shaff, Vice President & General Manager
AT&T Park
Stephen Revetria, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Brightroom, Inc.
Cindy O’Connor, Senior Corporate Sales Executive
Fairmont San Francisco
Francisco Gomez, Regional Vice President & General Manager
Hilton San Francisco
John Mazzoni, Senior Vice President West Operations and the Hawaiian Islands
Scott Baublitz, Director of Sales & Marketing
Walden Agustin, Senior Sales Manager
Paul Cahill, Senior Sales Manager
InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco
Jean-Francois Gatti, General Manager, InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Gail Gerber, Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental San Francisco
Joie de Vivre Hospitality
Peter Gamez, Vice President of Sales
Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
Mark Tuten, Area Director of Sales and Marketing
Kuldip Singh, Director of Citywide Sales
Labor Council of San Francisco
F.X. Crowley, Business Manager & Secretary Local 16
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Anna Marie Presutti, Vice President & General Manager
Joe Curran, Director of Marketing
Palace Hotel
Clem Esmail, General Manager
Parc Fifty-Five Hotel, San Francisco
Rob Gauthier, Managing Director
Simon Little, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing (Highgate Holdings)
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Gary Murakami, Director of Sales
San Francisco Marriott
Dan Kelleher, General Manager
Alexis Stewart, Director of Association Sales
Lisa Rubino, Director of National Accounts
Starwood Hotels San Francisco
Fred Schroeffel, Director of Citywide Sales
St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
Lilian Wagner, Director of Sales and Marketing
USA Hosts / Key Events
Heather Keenan, President
W San Francisco
Toni Knorr, General Manager (Convention Committee Chair, SFCVB)
Westin St. Francis
Jon Kimball, Area Managing Director, San Francisco

Laurie Armstrong


Also See: Big Tribute Planned for John Marks, the Retiring President of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau; Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Called Marks the Best CVB CEO in the Country - Bar None / May 2006
Mayor Willie L. Brown and Officials of the San Francisco CVB Converge on Chicago and Washington DC for Convention / Tourism Sales Mission / March 2003


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