San Diego, located in Southern California, not far from the Mexico border, is the oldest town in California, founded in 1769.
It is best known for its beaches, parks and warm climates, but that is not all it’s good for. With a modern convention centre, a wealth of new hotels and an easy and accessible airport San Diego really pulls out all the stops for business travellers.
Why do business there?
Forbes recently named San Diego the best place in the US to start a business. When you combine the weather with the opportunities that such a well placed and well connected city afford the average entrepreneur, it’s not surprise that so many startups are choosing to start up there.
Why exhibit there
Because you will be showcasing your wares in a world class, bayside convention center, located in one of the nation’s most vibrant urban cities. With its connections to Silicon Valley and the numerous after work activities on offer, there is so much more to be done in San Diego that just work.
The San Diego International Airport is conveniently located just north of downtown and services both national and international destinations.
Restrictions on what you can bring into the country
Follow the FAA’s Pack Safe guidelines and you won’t go far wrong.
Main exhibition centres
- San Diego Convention Center
- Liberty Station Conference Centre
- Hilton San Diego Bayfront
- Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina
Exhibitions we have supported
Services we provide
- Booth Host/Hostess
- Lead Generator
- Crowd Gatherer
- Product Demonstrator
- Hospitality Staff
- Brand Ambassador
- Team Leaders
- Event Managers
Key tourist hotspots
Some of San Diego’s most popular attractions are the free ones: the museums, gardens and Spanish Colonial-style architecture that can be found in Balboa Park.
For the history buffs and a little shopping trip, visitors can wander the streets of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park or through the Gaslamp Quarter.
But more importantly, San Diego has more than 68 miles of beaches in and around the city for sunning and surfing.
Where to eat
- Dija Mara - the menu is based on Southeast Asian cuisine but rooted in California sensibilities.
- Wrench and Rodent - a feast of seafood awaits.
- Market Restaurant & Bar - the menu is based on what is available seasonally, at the local farms.
- Local currency - US dollar.
- Language - English.
- Visa requirements. You will require a visa to enter the USA. What kind that is depends on where you have come from and what you are planning on doing there. The first step you have to take in order to start your US visa application, is to figure out under what kind of visa you are permitted to enter the United States. After you have selected the visa type you need to apply for, you should check the requirements and start gathering the documents that are required for that visa.
- Plug sockets in the USA are the standard two pin plugs.
- Cultural sensitivities. The USA is a real patchwork of cultures, identities and customs, however there aren’t any real cultural sensitivities to be aware of, but points worth noting:
- Most Americans move to a first name basis pretty quickly.
- Americans have no etiquette when it comes to giving and receiving business cards.
- Arrive on time for meetings as time and punctuality are very important to Americans.
- Use statistics to back up your claims - most Americans are impressed by hard data and evidence.