San Francisco Welcomes You to Oracle OpenWorld 2008!

Greeting from the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

sfcvb.jpgJoe D'Alessandro, President & CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau offers a warm welcome and good advice to attendees of Oracle OpenWorld. Thanks for having us Joe!

Welcome to San Francisco.

If it's your first visit here, we hope that you return again and again. I'm sure that whether it's a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, a ride on a cable car, a stroll through the neighborhoods, a cruise on the bay, or a bite of just-baked sourdough French bread, San Francisco's 47 square miles will leave you with some "only in San Francisco" memories.

If you're a frequent visitor, or live in San Francisco or nearby, we hope that you'll take someone by the hand and show them some favorite places and enjoy newer attractions with them as well. This is the difference between being a tourist and a traveler: engagement with the destination in a unique and very personal way.

Among the newer things to share are the Contemporary Jewish Museum, just a few steps from Moscone Center, and the California Academy of Sciences, opening in Golden Gate Park on September 27.

Muni, which includes not only the cable cars but also the historic F-line streetcars and underground light rail vehicles, provides direct access to San Francisco's distinct and diverse neighborhoods, many of which may also be discovered and explored by foot. We have a special section on our Web site that offers tips on what to see and do in 49 different neighborhoods.

And while you're working up an appetite, be thinking about where and what you want to eat. San Francisco has thousands of restaurants. We've provided a helpful guide to many of them in the Taste SF section of our Web site, which lists restaurants by location, price, and cuisine. We've also gotten some input from some seasoned diners on the best spots for brunch, to dine al fresco, or take in an inspiring view. There's also a group of award winners and ones that offer a "taste of history," including the oldest Italian restaurant in the United States. Mangia!

Don't forget to show your badge, too! More than 100 members of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau are providing special offers for Oracle OpenWorld attendees.

Best wishes for a productive meeting and an unforgettable visit.

Joe D'Alessandro
President & CEO
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

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