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The San Francisco International Airport Serves AMA San Francisco

The San Francisco International airport or SFO at dusk

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is one of the busiest airports in the United States: more than fifty million passengers make their way through its gates each year. SFO is in an optimal location for visits to the West Coast and those visiting the AMA San Francisco Executive Conference Center. It’s also convenient for flights to and from Asia, and an ideal departure airport for mainland Americans traveling to the Hawaiian Islands.

The most traveled-to domestic destination from SFO is just a short flight down to the city of Los Angeles, less than two hours gate to gate. The San Francisco airport is heralded as one of the top energy-efficient airports in the United States, being the first in America to receive a LEED Gold Certification at one of its terminals. Picturesque, SFO has been featured in a number of films over the years, including Four Christmases, Bullitt, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Blue Jasmine and Steve Jobs.


The San Francisco International Airport began in 1927 as a tiny airfield called Mills Field. The airport offered limited commercial travel accommodations and was used mostly for storage and mail delivery aircraft, until the early 1950’s when the postwar travel boom began and the airport facilities were updated to accommodate more passengers. In 1954, a new terminal was added to house international passengers. The 1960’s and 1970’s saw enormous growth for SFO, and by the 1980’s, the interior of the airport featured a post office, medical clinic, shops and restaurants.

SFO Today

The San Francisco International Airport has become a tourist destination all on its own, and in 2017, SFO celebrated its 90th anniversary. Today, the airport includes an SFO Museum Gallery, an Aviation Museum, and a convenient BART station. One of the terminals even features a yoga room, where passengers can peacefully seek Zen in a silent room away from the hustle and bustle of airport chaos. Catering specifically to yoga-loving San Franciscans, the yoga room is the first ever in any airport in North America. The airport also features local restaurants to not only give visitors a taste of Northern California but also a break from standard airport fare. The San Francisco International Airport has come a long way from a dirt runway in the middle of cow pasture to the incredible, five-terminal titan that stands in San Francisco today.

Travel through SFO or make a day trip to the impressive airport while attending your next business meeting at AMA San Francisco Executive Conference Center, located just 15 miles from San Francisco International Airport. Our state-of-the-art conference centers include built-in audio visual equipment and spacious seating designed to meet your specific conference needs. Contact us to book your next business meeting in San Francisco.

Fabulous Times Square is the Heart of New York City

If you find yourself in New York’s Times Square for a meeting at the AMA Executive Center, you are in luck. It is a bevy of excitement and a neon world of energy. The streets teem with crowds representing nations from all over the world. It is an irresistible hub of interesting venues and activities. Here are a few must-see Times Square destinations.

Caroline’s Comedy Club

Caroline’s on Broadway has been around since 1982 and offers first class live comedy entertainment all year long. It is located at 1626 Broadway right next to many of the famous theaters. Caroline’s impressive 300-seat venue is state-of-the-art and features some of the best comedic voices in America. You can catch a comedy show there seven nights a week.

M & M’s World

M & M’s World is just adjacent to the AMA Executive Conference Center. It is a three-story marvel of chocolate fun. The store is a colorful wall-to-wall world of your favorite candy and signature merchandise. Visitors can create their own customized M & M’s with personal messages or choose from a large variety of images. It’s a sweet foray in the heart of Times Square.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is an adventure not to be missed. It’s an interactive ocean journey using immersive technology. It gives visitors up close and personal encounters with some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures. You’ll meet great white sharks, giant squid and humpback whales. You can find them at 226 West 44th Street.

Gulliver’s Gate

Gulliver’s Gate takes you to a land of miniatures like you never imagined could be possible. It’s a 50,000-square foot world of tiny cities including New York. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of Central Park, Staten Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. No detail is forgotten and you may even be able to spot your own hotel. You’ll be mesmerized and entertained for hours. Gulliver’s Gate is at 216 West 44th Street.

Did you know that Times Square was once known as Longacre Square? New York Times publisher, Albert Ochs, brought the newspaper’s headquarters to the square in 1904 and the name stuck ever since.

AMA’s Executive Conference Centers are in four U.S. locations (Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC) and offer customized meeting spaces for all business needs. For more information, you can contact us anytime.

5 Cool Things To Do in San Francisco After Your AMA Meeting

San Francisco is by far one of the most vibrant cities in America. There is no shortage of one-of-a-kind experiences to be had even if you have only one day to explore. You can take advantage of the scenic cultural landscape and laid-back vibe while you take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Golden City by the Bay. These activities are the perfect postscript to an AMA Executive Conference Center meeting.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is almost a mandatory stop for all visitors to San Francisco. The historic Hyde Street Pier is a maritime wonder in itself where a steam-powered tugboat from 1907 rests languidly beside a square-rigged ship built in 1886. Fisherman’s Wharf is also a lively cafe and food mecca and you will want to grab a sample of fresh crab cooked in steaming cauldrons on the street along with a hot loaf of the local sourdough bread. Take a stroll to Pier 39 for the quaint shops, colorful street performers, and barking sea lions.

Cable Car

Take a ride on the iconic San Francisco Cable Car for a memorable excursion up the steep hills the city is known for. The popular cable cars run all day and in the evenings and tickets may be purchased at the Powell/Market Street turnaround. The cars have outside seats and inside seats but no matter the weather you might want to sit on the eastern side facing the bay for the best Instagram views. The San Francisco Cable Car system is the last working system of its kind left in the world.

Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square isn’t just about chocolate but you can take a tour of the factory while you are there. The square has been a San Francisco landmark since 1862 but now houses a complex of quirky shops and trendy eateries. It is a cutting-edge retail destination with pleasant outdoor spaces and a cool nostalgic energy. You can have a bite to eat at Lori’s Diner with its bay views, stop and sip in a wine-tasting room, or have a brew at The Pub. It offers a delicious late night menu and is an ideal end to any day.

Alcatraz Island

Day and night tours to Alcatraz Island are offered by the National Park Service year-round. The experience includes a round-trip ferry ride with an animated onboard narration. The guided tour highlights the island’s notorious history pointing out areas of attempted escape from the prison and other interesting tidbits of lore. Once the ferry has docked, the Cellhouse itself can be explored with a knowledgeable park ranger on hand to answer questions. The night tour features breathtaking views of the San Francisco city lights.


San Francisco’s Chinatown covers 24 city blocks and is one of the oldest in the United States. You can take a slow walk down Grant Avenue, the heart of Chinatown, and be dazzled by the neon lights, glowing lanterns, and sometimes tacky gift shops. The unique atmosphere of herbal stores, smiling fishmongers, and enticing restaurants will have you daring a meander through the alleys and side streets to see what treasures might be hidden there. You will think you left the city for someplace new.

AMA Executive Conference Centers has centers in San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, and New York to serve all your conference and meeting needs. For more information, you can contact us anytime.