About San Jose

San Jose is a large city surrounded by rolling hills in Silicon Valley, a major technology hub in California’s Bay Area. Architectural landmarks, from the 1883 Italianate-style Oddfellows building to Spanish Colonial Revival structures, make up the downtown historic district. The downtown area is also home to the Tech Museum of Innovation, devoted to the exploration of science and technology.


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? Currently 14.00%, $1.00 Tourism Fee and a $2.50 Hotel Business Assessment fee per night.
  • How much is the F&B tax? Pricing inclusive of Tax
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 22% and applicable 9.38% sales tax


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 3.9
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available? No
  • How much does the public transportation cost? VTA $2.50
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown? N/A
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown? $25
  • How many daily flights in/out of airport? 150+ peak daily
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? N/A
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air China, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, ANA, British Airways, Delta,, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, United and Volaris Airlines


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 1,500
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 1,000
  • How many headquarter hotel properties3
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 541

Convention Center

  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center? 214,760
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 165,000
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center? 520,000
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have? 43
  • How big is the largest meeting room? 10,000
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have2
  • How big is the largest ballroom? 35,194
  • When was the last renovation or expansion? 2013
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? TBD
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Yes
  • Is the convention center a union property? Yes
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list? Yes
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center:
    • I.A.T.S.E. Local 134 Stagehands
    • Teamsters Local 287
    • Sign and Display workers Local 510
    • F&B UNITE Here Local 19
    • I.B.E.W. Local B32

Off Site Venues

  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? 25+
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people? 50+
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center? 150
  • Can you list local attractions and there whereabouts?
    • The Winchester Mystery House – 3.8 miles from Convention Center
    • The Tech Interactive – Adjacent to Convention campus
    • Santana Row/Eately/Restaurant Row – 3.5 miles from Convention center
    • San Jose Museum of Art – 1 block from Convention Center
    • San Pedro Square – 4 blocks from Convention Center