The San Diego Tourism Authority is consistently recognized as one of the top Bureaus in the U.S. with awards that highlight the achievements of our hotel meeting sales and services efforts, as well as the popularity of San Diego as a top destination among meeting planners.
Don't just take our word for it. The recognition we receive from prestigious industry publications and national organizations is a reminder that the high standards we strive for are not going unnoticed.
The following list represents some of the recent honors and national rankings earned by the San Diego Tourism Authority (formerly the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau) for exceptional service to meetings clients.
March 2019: Big Seven Travel ranked Balboa Park as the #1 Most Instagrammable Spot in California.
February 2019: Forbes Travel Guide named San Diego as one of “14 Top Destinations of 2019” in the world.
February 2019: Named “One of the Most Dog-friendly Vacation Destinations in the U.S." by Expedia.
November 2018: Moved to #7 of the Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. according to its TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Award, up from #8 in 2017.
October 2018: Thrillist includes San Diego on the list of Best New Foodie Cities in America.
October 2018: WalletHub ranked #1 Best Foodie City for Affordability and Accessibility of Highly Rated Restaurants and for Craft Breweries and Wineries per Capita.
October 2018: Ranked 7th overall as Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Cities in the US” list, moving up from a ranking from #8 in 2017.
September 2018: San Diego ranked #10 as “America’s Most Fun Cities” according to Travel Pulse magazine in September 2018.
September 2018: Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, included San Diego in its top ten listing for the following categories: Best Cities for Families, Best for Infants and Toddlers (0-2): La Jolla Cove; Best for Little Kids (3-6): San Diego Zoo; Best for Big Kids (7-9): Balboa Park; Best for Tweens and Teens (10-13+): California Surf Museum.
April 2018: San Diego Convention Center achieved Level Three certification to the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards.
March 2018: Family Vacation Critic named Coronado as one of the Best Beaches for Families in 2018.
March 2018: TripAdvisor ranked San Diego as #7 in its Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. according to its Travelers Choice Award.
November 2017: Ranked San Diego as #8 in its Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. according to its TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Award.
October 2017: Listed #1 for Best Beach Destination and Year Round Perfect Weather according to the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine’s “America’s Favorite Cities” issue.
October 2017: Conde Nast Traveler readers’ choice awards ranked San Diego in the Top 10 “Best Big Cities in the U.S.”
October 2017: WalletHub.com ranked San Diego 9th overall as on its 2017’s Best Foodie Cities in America list. San Diego ranked #1 for craft breweries and wineries per capita and #1 also for affordability & accessibility of highly rated restaurants across the 24 key metrics applied to 180 of the largest U.S. cities.
September 2017: Family Vacation Critic named San Diego as one of the Best Cities for Family Vacations in 2017.
September 2017: Ranked San Diego #10 Most Fun Cities in America by WalletHub.com.
September 2017: Sunset.com listed San Diego #1 in its list of 20 Best California Beach Vacation Spots.
June 2017: Earned #6 spot for natural beauty, academic brains, and military brawn in Resonance Consultancy’s 50 Best Large American Cities for 2017.
May 2017: Ranked #1 by RewardExpert.com as the Most Kid Friendly Cities in the U.S.
April 2017: Family Vacation Critic named Coronado as one of the Best Beaches for Families in 2017.
April 2017: Flight Network ranked San Diego #2 in its “22 of the World’s Best Luxury Honeymoon Destinations in 2017.”
March 2017: Thrillist ranked San Diego #10 of the 25 Best US Cities To Spend A Weekend.
March 2017: Trip Advisor ranked San Diego #4 as the 10 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations for Americans to Get the Most Bang for their Buck.
March 2017: VacationIdea–Dream Vacations Magazine ranked San Diego first in its 25 Best Places to Visit in California.
October 2016: Conde Nast Traveler readers’ choice awards ranked San Diego in the Top 10 “Best Big Cities in the U.S.”
October 2016: WalletHub.com ranked San Diego #5 Greenest Cities in America.
August 2016: Infogroup ranked San Diego as the 6th Hippest City in the U.S.
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