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2020 Meeting and Travel Planner’s Guide – Ad Design for Strands of History

By September 25, 2019December 28th, 2019Blog, Graphic Design

Tahoe Production House recently worked closely with our client Strands of History and the San Francisco Travel Planner’s Guide to create an ad for a Marketing Campaign.  We love the way it turned out, as it truly shows the beautiful art that they produce.

“Your style says who you are without a word being spoken. Our artistic designs invite conversation by the connective power of art. The intrigue is only deepened knowing that our custom decor is made from one of the most iconic man-made structures in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge. Everyone will take in the elegant details and feel the history emanating from your one-of-a-kind piece of furniture.” – Strands of History


San Francisco Travel Manifesto

Why do people visit San Francisco? The sights and scenery. The one-of-a-kind events and world-class food. The welcoming people, the diversity and rich history. 

But perhaps, more importantly, it has to do with the fact that no other city is as adept at combining disparate elements to create something new: taking the familiar and marrying it to the unknown; merging people’s expectations to moments of unpredictability; uniting long-held notions with startling innovations.

Clearly, the attraction of San Francisco is not any one thing, but the combination of many different things. As an organization, we see the city in its entirety — through the eyes of the people who live here, the people who love it and the people who love to come here.

And as proud as we are to help people arrange their visits to San Francisco, we see our mission in even broader scope: We believe our true value lies not just in our ability to sell our city, but in our role as curators of the most interesting 49 square miles on the planet.

We are the San Francisco Travel Association. And we are the window into the City by the Bay.


To be the most compelling destination in the world.


To promote the San Francisco region as a top global destination by leading the way in performance and innovation.


San Francisco Travel’s organizational values are:

  • Embrace Change
  • Spirit of Service
  • Be Accountable
  • Empower and Champion Talent
  • Drive Excellence

Organization History

For more than 100 years the San Francisco Travel Association has worked on behalf of its partners to promote San Francisco as the destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel. The Association is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Convention and Tourist League, a non-profit, local business association founded in 1909 to reclaim the City’s position as a world-class destination in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire. San Francisco Travel continues that mission today, aggressively marketing and selling San Francisco to attract visitors. San Francisco Travel is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 membership organization, headed by a Board of Directors made up of 39 business leaders from various companies, elected by the membership. Additionally, in 2003, the Association established a 501(c)3 foundation to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in local hospitality management programs and to produce educational programs. In 2016, San Francisco hosted more than 25.2 million visitors who spent $9 billion during their stay. That makes tourism one of our most important industries.

Here’s why:

  • Visitor dollars spent here generated $724 million in taxes and fees that support The City’s general budget, health and safety, arts and cultural organizations, recreational facilities and low-income
  • Visitor dollars supported more than 80,200 jobs in the hospitality and tourism industries. That’s about $2.5 billion in local payroll (excluding tips).

Largest Destination Marketing Organization Worldwide

More than 1,300 Bay Area businesses are San Francisco Travel partners, making our partnership base one of the largest of any convention and visitors bureau worldwide. Partners also make San Francisco Travel one of the largest and strongest business associations in San Francisco. Partner companies collaborate with the organization to sell San Francisco as a destination for individual travelers, groups, domestic and international association and corporate meetings — efforts that help make San Francisco a vibrant place to do business.

San Francisco Travel Partnership

Nearly every San Francisco business, large and small, benefits from the spending of tourists and convention-goers. Hotels, restaurants, retail shops, tour and transportation companies, attractions and other companies that have a large stake in the visitor market leverage the strength of their partnership to reach these customers. Partners are provided exclusive programs and services for maximizing their marketing, networking, relationship and educational development enabling them to capture a larger share of the visitor market. Learn more about partner benefits here.

San Francisco Travel Funding

Our work to attract conventions and visitors is made possible through both public and private sector support. 23% of our $34.8 million 2017-18 comes from the private sector in the form of membership dues, advertising, e-commerce and program revenues. 68% comes from a small portion of the revenue generated by the assessment on San Francisco hotel rooms (see for additional information.) The balance comes through contracts with Grants for the Arts and San Francisco International Airport. For more information about our budgets, read our 2019-2020 Strategic Business Plan.

San Francisco Travel’s Efforts Impact Entire Bay Area

The impact of visitors to San Francisco reaches far beyond the city itself. While the majority of San Francisco Travel’s partner-businesses operate within the boundaries of the city, a third are located outside of San Francisco. These businesses recognize that attracting visitors to the city also generates tourism expenditures in their communities. Here are some visitor statistics that demonstrate the broad impact of the city’s visitor industry:

  • A San Francisco Travel commissioned resident poll that found that 98% of San Francisco residents agree tourism is vital to San Francisco’s economy, and 78% believe tourism makes San Francisco a better place to live. The poll also found that 80% believe there is a healthy balance between tourist and resident activities.
  • 59% of total visitors are day visitors, meaning that a majority of our guests are coming from the surrounding Bay Area.
  • Thousands of visitors to the city take day trips beyond city limits or extend their visit throughout Northern California by taking side trips to other area locales and attractions such as Sausalito, wine country, Monterey, and the East Bay.