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This summer “Escape to the City”


Experience real San Francisco “values”

June 18, 2009The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) encourages visitors to “Escape to the City” this summer by taking advantage of lower airfares, discounted hotel packages, a blockbuster lineup of “Only in San Francisco” museum exhibits, and exclusive offers from American Express.


A micro-site on San Francisco’s official travel Web site,, provides visitors with suggested itineraries and value-added incentives to plan their own perfect “escape.”  The easy-to-navigate site includes "American Express Exclusive Offers - Only in San Francisco” discounts and added values from San Francisco retailers, hotels, restaurants and attractions valid through Dec. 31, 2009.  In addition, the "Get 3 Nights for 2" lodging promotion, which runs through Sept. 30, 2009, offers three hotel nights for the price of two when reserved with any American Express Card and booked on


The “Escape to the City” site also includes San Francisco hotel packages and online reservations; suggested itineraries from local personalities and other San Francisco “celebrities;” a list of “only in San Francisco” exhibitions and attractions, including “Wicked,” King Tut, Georgia O’Keefe, Ansel Adams, and others; “Free & Easy” – a list of museum special admission days and free activities throughout San Francisco; videos of local San Franciscans sharing their own favorite “only in San Francisco” experiences; “Getting There & Getting Around” – transportation information to and around San Francisco; “Diverse City Destinations” – tour itineraries celebrating San Francisco’s diverse communities; and in-depth information on the city’s 15 main neighborhoods, including what to see and do.


“San Francisco is a tremendous value right now, ” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the SFCVB. 

“Many airlines, including Virgin America and Southwest, are offering discounted airfares into San Francisco International Airport.  Coupled with cost-saving hotel packages, we encourage everyone to experience all that San Francisco has to offer including art and culture; award-winning restaurants; world-class shopping and fascinating neighborhoods to explore…all within nearly every budget.”


For general information on hotel packages and reservations; events; activities and transportation in San Francisco, visit  For lodging reservations, call 800-637-5196 within North America or 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD) elsewhere.


The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide is available at the Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza.  A visitor's kit may also be ordered online at, by phone at 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD), by written request to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to  Domestic and international shipping charges apply.


San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop links with more than 30 international points on 25 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with more than 65 cities in the U.S. on 20 domestic airlines.  For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit  




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