Sonoma County is the ideal destination for meeting professionals and others who are looking for unique and memorable venues.
Here some testimonials and reviews from meeting professionals and group planners:
"In February 2015, we held our annual conference at the DoubleTree Sonoma Wine Country. It was one of the best conferences we have ever had. We couldn't have done it without the support and resources from Sonoma County Tourism and then staff at the DoubleTree. The resources provided from the very beginning of the RFP stage through the end of the event were invaluable in helping to make it a success for our association. Thank you Paula for all of your help, we can't wait to come back to Sonoma County again." Jenn Wheaton, CMP, California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns
“In my 20 years with the Association, I have never worked with such an impressive CVB & staff. I worked with Jamie Ward, National Sales Manager and Suzy Montez, Meeting Sales & Services Manager. They both planned my site visit to (3) hotel properties and off site venues. I have never had that type of service for our Summer Meeting planning. Suzy provided us with great promo materials and maps to share with our attendees. Our members truly enjoyed Bodega Bay and all of Sonoma County. In fact, I heard a number of them mention returning to Sonoma County. Thank you for the exceptional customer service. You all definitely set the standard all other CVB's should follow. Thank you, Jamie & Suzy!” A. Hicks, Texas Food & Fuel Association
Celeste M. Powers, CAE, of ILMA said, “Sonoma County Tourism saved me time and energy in being my lead voice to the hotels in the county that fit our needs, and got us to this fabulous destination.”
"Our Sonoma County Tourism Sales Manager and team were of great assistance, and the reason why this group chose Sonoma County for their Annual Conference. The client was looking at 4 different destinations and chose Sonoma County. I believe it was a success for several reasons. You, as the Sonoma County Tourism office set your destination apart from the other destinations. From the beginning, you as our CVB representative wanted to truly understand the program, prior destinations, what worked, what didn’t. My client felt you had a genuine interest in making sure your destination would be a great fit before we proceeded. The program ended up exceeding the contracted room block and other commitments, and the feedback from the attendee surveys were one of the highest rated. Thank You for all of dedication to this client, we felt you were part of team in making the program such a success and Sonoma County will now be in our Annual Conference rotation." Darla Huckaby, CMP and Global Account Executive of Conference Direct:
“The partnership with SCT provided outstanding assistance to my client and, in turn, made me look good. The site research, comprehensive info about the area, and cash incentive in particular.” Darla Huckaby, CMP and Global Account Executive of Conference Direct:
"October of 2012, we took a group to the Fairmont Sonoma. It was a very successful program. Thank's to meeting Jamie Ward from the Sonoma County Tourism Board at the Collaborate Marketplace, I was able to get the information I needed to place my group. She was so knowledgeable about Sonoma and all the hotels that I was comfortable placing my group without doing a site visit first. This is something I never do, site unseen. My group had a great time and I will definitely bring another group back to Sonoma! Beautiful area, wonderful people and most important, Great Wine!Thank you," Sherri Hodge, Tri Exceeding Inc.
"Jamie Ward and the Sonoma County Tourism (SCT) office was a joy to work with during our 24tth Annual Southwest Medical Legislative Group event last year! Our attendees were pleased with the hotel accommodations as well as with our off-site dinner location in Santa Rosa; we will be back in the near future!" Dolores Camacho-Phillips, Texas Medical Association
"I didn’t even know Sonoma County Tourism existed until I tried to plan a conference the wrong way! I had contacted several hotels directly last year and was negotiating with one after tediously trying to line up apples and oranges to find out which hotel offered the best deal. This year, I contacted Sonoma County Tourism who did all the work for me! Paula Higgins, Associate Director of Sales, expertly put out an RFP with my conference needs and I had three attractive responses within a week! Sonoma County Tourismalso provided me with informative and beautiful visitors’ guides and maps for my conference attendees. The best part was the generous cash incentive from Sonoma County Tourism, which greatly helped offset conference expenses. I can’t thank Sonoma County Tourism enough for their assistance, expertise and friendly professionalism!" Paula Shimizu, Consultant
"I’m writing today to tell you how impressed our Organization is with Megan Destruel and the entire Hyatt staff. From the beginning of the planning stages of our 2013 Wellness Conference, I have experienced nothing but the highest quality customer service! First, I was impressed with Paula Higgins, Sonoma County Tourism, who graciously led me to you and at the time of the event left VIP gifts in the hotel rooms (Thank you Paula! They loved them). Then I had contact with Brandon, who was very accommodating through the master bill contract process. Soon after, I had the pleasure of meeting Megan Destruel. Megan never let me wait for a return phone call. She immediately answered all correspondence. We were always greeted with warmth and welcoming from her. Our staff is still talking about all the Hyatt staff and how they made our participants feel. Someone was always there to ask if there was anything they could do for us. Because of Megan’s hard work, persistence and high standards of quality customer service the conference was effortless on our end. She really has broken the mold and I couldn’t be more grateful to her for making my job easier and making the conference such a great success. We have had many conferences over the years, all over California, in many different establishments. We have never been treated so royally as we have by the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa. I will be sure to pass this on to all of our departments who have conferences and travel to Santa Rosa. Thank you for hiring such a great staff! You have our loyalty from now on Hyatt. Thank you." Leah Hawkins, California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.
"I just want to say thank you ever so much for the amazing assistance you provided me for the searching of possible hotels for my clients, the Intelisys group, this last September. Having worked for the San Diego CVB and working now with CVB offices all over the country for the past 15 years I have to say that you are, hands down, one of the best I have ever worked with! I look forward to working with you again in the future."
Janet Caine, Director, Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe
More testimonials, see Event Professionals Speak Out on their Experience with Sonoma County Tourism
We're here for you! The Sonoma County Tourism sales staff is ready to help you with any questions about planning your meeting to California’s Sonoma Wine Country.