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by Michael C. Lowe | April 01, 2011
Take Note
In January, the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau changed its name to the San Francisco Travel Association as part of a retooling for the future. 
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San Francisco 
This month, San Francisco International Air­port will complete a $383 million renovation of Terminal 2. The 640,000-square-foot facility will be the new home for American Airlines and Virgin America, and the first U.S. terminal to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Last October, work began on a $56 million renovation of the 1.2 million-square-foot Moscone Center. Improvements include a revamped lobby, new carpeting, new digital displays and telecommunication upgrades. The project is slated to be completed by July 2012.

Meeting Hotels
Properties in the Union Square area include the 1,908-room Hilton San Francisco, 1,496-room San Francisco Marriott, 1,195-room Westin St. Francis, 1,010-room Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco-Union Square, 685-room Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 552-room Palace Hotel, 550-room InterContinental San Francisco and 533-room Hotel Nikko San Francisco.

Other city hotels include the 802-room Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 591-room Fairmont San Francisco, 549-room Hilton San Francisco Financial District and 529-room Sheraton at Fisher­man's Wharf. For more properties, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention CentersMoscone Center
Moscone Center;
 exhibit space, 442,000 square feet in Moscone North/South combined; number of meeting rooms, 68. Moscone West; exhibit space, 3,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 38. (415) 974-4000

Fort Mason Center; exhibit space, 130,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 11. (415) 441-3400

Concourse Exhibition Center at the San Fran­cisco Design Center; exhibit space, 125,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, none. (415) 490-5800; sfvenues.com

South San Francisco Conference Center; exhibit space, 20,500 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12. (650) 877-8787

Group VenueThe Exploratorium
The Exploratorium
 is a hands-on museum of science, art and human perception, with exhibits ranging from bicycle-wheel gyroscopes to massive bubble-blowing stations. The facility can seat up to 400 for a dinner or 2,500 for a reception. (415) 561-0311

Contact
San Francisco Travel Association, (415) 974-6900