About San Mateo County

San Mateo County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 718,451. The county seat is Redwood City. San Mateo County is included in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California.

Taxes

  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? 10%
  • How much is the F&B tax? SMC Tax Rate: 8.25% – 8.5%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 15 – 18%

Airport

  • How many miles from the airport to downtown?
    • Burlingame: 4
    • Palo Alto: 22
    • Half Moon Bay: 21
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available? Yes, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) & Caltrain
  • How much does the public transportation cost?
    • BART: $4.05 and up
    • Caltrain: $6.00 and up
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown?
    • Burlingame: Hotels have complimentary shuttles from the airport
    • Palo Alto: $27 for a shared Super Shuttle, $85 for non-stop
    • Half Moon Bay: $85 for shared Super Shuttle, $105 for non-stop
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown?
    • Burlingame: $20
    • Palo Alto: $72
    • Half Moon Bay: $70
  • How many daily flights out of airport?
    742 – San Francisco International Airport
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? Virgin America & United
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    United, American, Southwest, Delta, Virgin America

Hotels

  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night?
    • Burlingame: 3742 total rooms
    • Palo Alto: 1784 total rooms
    • Half Moon Bay: 587 total rooms
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: (within 1 mile – 3 hotels) 578 total rooms
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: (within 1 mile – 13 hotels) 1953 total rooms
  • How many headquarter hotel properties?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: 2
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: 3
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property?
    Hyatt Regency SFO – 400

Convention Center

  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: 195,000
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: 20,500
    • Cow Palace: 200,000
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: 11
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: 13
    • Cow Palace: 9
  • How big is the largest meeting room?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: 104,900
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: 13,500
    • Cow Palace: 124,660
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: N/A
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: 1 – 13,500 sq ft no pillars
    • Cow Palace: N/A
  • How big is the largest ballroom?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: N/A
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: 13,500 sq ft
    • Cow Palace: N/A
  • When was the last renovation or expansion?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: 2011
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: 2011
    • Cow Palace: N/A
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: Feasibility study being conducted, nothing on the books.
    • South San Francisco Conference Center:N/A
    • Cow Palace: N/A
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: Yes
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: Yes, 256K, fiber optic cable with upgrades at an additional charge
    • Cow Palace: No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: Preferred – Edlen Electrical, G.E.S., Freeman, Electrical Workers Local 617, Theatrical Stage Employees Local 16
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: No
    • Cow Palace: No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: Preferred – Audio Visual Resources, Inc., McCUNE, Musicians Union Local 6, PSAV
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: Projection Audio Visual Services is in house. Clients welcome to bring their own A/V
    • Cow Palace: No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: No
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: No
    • Cow Palace: No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: Exclusive Concessions/Preferred Caterers
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: California Catering
    • Cow Palace: Centerplate
  • Is the convention center a union property?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: No, however they recommend consideration of local labor
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: No, but Union Friendly
    • Cow Palace: Yes, front of house personnel and union stagehand labor
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: N/A
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: N/A
    • Cow Palace: N/A
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center:
    • Cow Palace: IATSE Theatrical Union Local B18 & IATSE Stagehand Union Local 16

Off Site Venues

  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? N/A
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people? N/A
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center?
    • San Mateo County Event Center: 12
    • South San Francisco Conference Center: 6
    • Cow Palace: 8
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and there whereabouts?
    • Filoli Center in Woodside
    • Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos
    • Pigeon Point and Montara Lighthouse on the Coastside
    • San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City
    • Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside

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