WHAT’S NEW IN SAN JOSE TOURISM THIS SUMMER

Visitor Industry Announces New Developments to Give Tourists More Reasons to Return

 

SAN JOSE, CA (June 24, 2011) –  The San Jose visitor industry and the City of San Jose recently gave the green light to expand and renovate the San Jose Convention Center for the enjoyment of business and leisure travelers.                                                                                                                                   

The $120 million expansion and renovation, which will be funded through a special hotel tax, will add an additional 125,000 square feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space, increasing San Jose’s Convention Center space to total 550,000 square feet of usable space for major conventions and public events. The Center will remain fully operational throughout the project, which will be complete in Fall 2013. The development team will apply for LEED silver certification, reflecting the City’s Green Vision and the center’s comprehensive green practices and services.

Other destination developments announced include:

Hotels

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, which will be rebranded as the Convention Plaza Hotel on July 1, is gearing up to launch a nearly $7 million renovation, scheduled to start in July and finish in October 2011. The project will include a complete transformation of all guestrooms and public areas.  The rebranded restaurant Affinity at the hotel’s sister Hilton property is hosting its popular Jazz Nights the second and fifth Wednesdays each month. Continuing by popular demand, Affinity at the hotel’s sister Hilton property across the street, is hosting Jazz Nights on the 2nd and 5th Wednesday evenings of every month. New website will be www.cpsanjose.com as of July 1.

The Dolce Hayes Mansion recently began renovations on their newly expanded Palm Plaza Lounge to allow for additional seating of over 90 guests. The $60,000 renovation, which is projected to be complete in September 2011, will include extensive outdoor seating, fire pits and small plate menu options for dining. www.dolcehayesmansion.com.
The DoubleTree in downtown San Jose, which is located within walking distance of the Convention Center and dozens of restaurants, nightlife and cultural venues, recently changed their name to DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose.

The Fairmont San Jose recently renovated their legendary Fairmont Lobby Lounge, including new iPad menus reflective of their Silicon Valley location. On June 30, 2011, the hotel will host a Social Media Day Celebration , with the bar hosting “Free Apps”(appetizers) for every purchase $30 purchase. The luxury hotel just launched the “Live @ The Pagoda D1ME: A DJ Series” on the first and third Fridays of each month from 9pm-1am with cocktail specials from Sobieski Vodka and Chinese Bar Bites. On July 14, the hotel will host a special Bastille Dinner & Music event featuring five French courses paired with five fine French wines with live French Music. In the hotel’s retail complex, the  Bijan Wine bar is expected to open July 2011 across the Bijan Bakery Café. www.fairmont.com

The luxury boutique Hotel De Anza, which has extended its $99 summer rate through August , is hosting summer parties on the patio each week July 14-August 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy music, happy hour pricing on drinks and appetizers, and a featured wine, beer or spirit tasting each week.  www.hoteldeanza.com

Hotel Valencia on Santana Row recently launched its summer event series. Including: Rosé on the Row June 29, (6pm to 8pm); Martinis & Manicures (July 12, August 2, September 13, 5pm to 7pm); and Cielo Wine, Art & Cheese (July 20, August 17, September 21, 5:30pm to 8pm). The hotel’s new chef -- Robert Sapirman --at their signature Citrus restaurant introduced a new menu reflecting his local and sustainable ideology with his strong belief that each dish should be cooked perfectly – not just quickly. www.hotelvalencia.com

After a $70,000 upgrade to public areas and guestrooms, the Sleep Inn was transformed into the Quality Inn Silicon Valley. The hotel is conveniently located three miles from Mineta San Jose International Airport, and a few miles from downtown San Jose attractions. The hotel features many full-service amenities from free Q Corner Café Breakfast and free wifi to free parking, local calls, airport shuttle service, and more. www.qualityinnsanjose.com

The Palm Room at The Sainte Claire hotel is hosting free performances with the San Jose Jazz
Society on the following evenings from 7:30pm-9:30pm: The HumDaddyZ (June 29); The Oakland Jazz Choir (July 27); The Jazz Organ Fellowship Gala (August24); Anton Schwartz (September 28); The Dave Miller Trio (October 28); and Modesto Briseno (November 23).  
www.sanjosejazz.org

Attractions

 Raging Waters Park just debuted Bombs Away, the west coast’s first standing drop slide. This one-of-a-kind looping waterslide is for thrill seekers and compliments the 23 acres of attractions built for families and kids.  Translucent sections of Bombs Away allow guests to watch as their friends and family literally plummet a single rider over 200 feet towards Lake Cunningham. General Admission Tickets cost $33.99, with Junior Tickets $23.99 ($7 Coupons are available at regional Burger King restaurants). www.palaceentertainment.com

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is presenting two summer shows in its three galleries that showcase new works from both emerging and mid-career Bay Area artists. Frames of War a solo exhibition by mid-career Bay Area artist Hanna Hannah opens in the Focus Gallery and Cardinale Project Room on Saturday, June 18, 2011 and runs through September 10, 2011. Lift Off, a group show of works by MFA graduates opens in the Main Gallery on Saturday, July 2, 2011 and runs through September 10th, 2011. www.sjica.org

San Jose Museum of Art recently opened the "The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis" exhibit, showcasing 200 original drawings by legendary underground comic book artist R. Crumb.  Crumb's ambitious illustrated version of the first book of the Bible incorporates every word from all 50 chapters. SJMA is the final venue for this exhibition organized by the Hammer Museum, and the last chance to see these works together in public. Runs through September 25. www.SanJoseMuseumofArt.org

Tech Museum recently launched the Tech Museum After Hours program, a fabulous way to rub elbows with Silicon Valley locals and visitors on Wednesday nights with technology, entertainment and cocktails for guests 21 years or older. Play old-school Nintendo on a 25-foot screen surrounded by 13,000 watts of wrap-around digital sound in The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. Compete for prizes and sip on a glow-in-the-dark "Tech-Tini" from their no-host bar. Try your hand at 4-foot-tall Jenga style blocks, giant Tic Tac Toe and monster-size foam dominoes. Explore the entire museum under moody blue lighting and contemporary sounds as you decide whether to play a bevy of board and party games from Apples to Apples to Scrabble to Yahtzee! The events take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2 and December 7 (http://www.thetech.org/plan_visit/afterhours/).  On July 15, The Tech premieres Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) in The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. www.thetech.org

Shopping

San Pedro Square Market, a new destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife in Downtown San Jose, is scheduled to open Sept. 10, 2011. This revolutionary 50,000 square foot multi-use property features three Market halls filled with over 20 local vendors selling prepared food, consumer goods, and fresh vegetables. The heart and soul of the project is the historic Peralta Adobe, the oldest building in San Jose. The Peralta Adobe Plaza will offer outdoor seating where you can enjoy a morning coffee, a fabulous lunch, or an evening concert with dinner or a cocktail. The Market will host live, family-friendly entertainment including music, storytelling, and performances from local arts groups over 300 days a year. The Market aims to be the most vibrant destination in San Jose, a meeting place for supporters of local cuisine, merchants, and artisans. www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com

San Jose’s Japantown, one of the last three remaining in the United States, is anticipating the opening of new stores in July such as Headliners, which sells hat of all kinds, and Jimbo’s ice creams and desserts. Sole on Ice opened in June, selling cool athletic shoes and hats.  The San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin recently launched its summer event series, such as the Obon Festival (July 9-10), usually held in August, featuring 1,200 Obon dancers, Chidori Band and carnival style games for kids.  On August 20 the church will host the Island Summer Jam, a full day of performances celebrating the islands.  www.japantownsanjose.org

Pruneyard Shopping Center in downtown Campbell will present its annual Music on Mainstreet event on July 6 from 6 to 9 pm. Enjoy music from the 70s to the present, including tribute bands to Michael Jackson and Journey. www.pruneyard.com

Opera Al Fresco will return to Santana Row on July 16, giving visitors the opportunity to experience a preview of the renowned Opera San Jose’s upcoming season through a concert of popular arias and ensembles. Featuring selections from the most famous opera composers in history, the free one-hour performance will take place onstage in Park Valencia, located on Olin Avenue just east of Winchester Boulevard. The company will present selections from operas comprising the company’s 2011-2012 season—Mozart’s dramatic masterpiece Idomeneo, a double bill of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci paired with Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Verdi’s beloved La traviata, and Gounod’s thriller Faust. To celebrate this special event, Santana Row is giving away free tickets to Opera San José’s Idomeneo, playing September 10-25 at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose. From July 16-31, guests who spend $300 in a single day at Santana Row will receive two free tickets to Mozart’s first dramatic masterpiece. To redeem, guests must present their same-day receipts at the Santana Row Concierge Center.santanarow.com.

Transportation

Mineta San Jose International Airport, which recently underwent a $1.4 billion modernization, attracted more passenger traffic in May (+1.9%) over May 2010 – the ninth consecutive month of overall activity increase. This airport, one of three in the Bay area and only five minutes from downtown, is growing in popularity as a regional gateway to San Francisco and Monterey Bay gateway. The airport recently added 50 flights per week: Alaska added three flights per week to Lihue, four per week to Maui, and five per week to Seattle; Southwest added seven flights per week to Denver, seven to Las Vegas, seven to San Diego, seven to Seattle and seven to Orange County; and Volaris added 3 flights per week to Guadalajara. The airport's Rental Car Center recently received an Award of Excellence and Merit from International Parking Institute as one of 12 of the industry's most outstanding parking facilities and operations. www.sjc.org

About Team San Jose (TSJ)

Team San Jose, Inc. is an innovative partnership unifying the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience and serve as the gateway to San Jose as a destination. Our company manages the San Jose Convention Center and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, San Jose Civic and South Hall. For more information about San Jose and Team San Jose, please visit the new www.sanjose.org.

 

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