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Rules & Guidelines

Here are the business rules, regulations, and guidelines for listing events and businesses on The business rules are meant to ensure that content on showcases the best of San Jose for residents, visitors, and those planning a trip to this area. As well, here you can find information regarding our Partner Hotels program.

Event Listings:

Event listings are offered on to showcase San Jose and the surrounding region as a vibrant, desirable place to visit, work, play and live. The site features events, things to do, and content to encourage visitors to explore San Jose and Silicon Valley.


  • Be open to the public
  • Have at least an Event Name, Date, Time and Location
  • Link to a website for either ticket sales or more information
  • Have a full square image (767X767 or larger) – no logos or flyers
  • No classes/workshops, camps or school events. Some small-scale community events (fundraisers, sales, storytimes) may not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: Because Visit San Jose is funded by the hotel occupancy tax, events that encourage overnight stays in San Jose will be considered priority for the website. 

All events are posted at the discretion of TSJ Staff; exceptions will be reviewed on an individual basis. For additional information on event listings, please contact Kereli Sengstack (

Business Listings:

Business listings (Activities, Restaurants and Hotels) are offered to hospitality partners provided on to highlight the best of San Jose and the Silicon Valley.


  • Open to the public at the time of listing (no private, "coming soon," or member-based listings)
  • Hotels must have short term (non-residential) rooms available for booking on an ongoing basis
  • Have a 72 dpi resolution image (767X767) - no flyers or logos

PLEASE NOTE: Because Visit San Jose is funded by the hotel occupancy tax, businesses that encourage overnight visitation will be considered priority for listing on the website. 

All business listings are posted at the discretion of TSJ Staff; exceptions will be reviewed on an individual basis. For additional information on business listings, please contact Kereli Sengstack (


Hotels that participate in the Partner Hotel program receive:

  • Inclusion in monthly distribution of confidential sales reports that tracks pace, lead room night opportunities, lost business, market segmentation and detailed lead information.
  • Customized reporting is available to all hotels that participate in the Partner Hotel Program.
  • An enhanced presence on the Partner Hotels page on including detailed hotel highlights and amenities.
  • Property specific sales collateral, both in print and online, for use by the Team San Jose sales team on the road.
  • National Sales Office support located in Washington DC.
  • Eligibility to participate in organized sales calls, presentations and special events through the National Sales Office.
  • First come first serve access to all Tradeshows & Events including direct access and immediate distribution of all leads and contacts received including customer profiles.
  • iEBMS access allowing hotels to check real time Convention Center and theater venue availability.
  • Invitation to participate in all sales shirtsleeves committees. (ie: Hotel Business Advisory Group)
  • Complimentary presence on the 21 plasmas throughout the convention center.
  • Inclusion in the distribution of a monthly 60-day calendar of San Jose events providing detailed convention information to merchants and restaurants.
  • National outreach and representation through membership of associations that interface with meeting and event planners, i.e., Destination Marketing Association International, Professional Convention Management Association, Meeting Planners International, (Various Chapters), Association of Meeting Planners Society, CVB Reps, SF Travel, ASAE, CESSE, Green Meetings Industry Counsel, MIC, CEMA, Direct Selling Association, SGMP, IAEE, Silicon Valley Gay & Lesbian Chamber, Silicon Valley Organization, Concierge Association, SVBTA, PRSA and SJSA.
  • Inclusion in distribution of monthly TAP report, which is a city competitive analysis study for Trends, Analysis and Projections.
  • Leads sent to one designated email/recipient per hotel.
  • Preferred opportunity to participate in media, travel trade and other leisure focused familiarization tours.
  • Promotional strategy and execution on leisure branding campaigns focused on domestic and international markets.
  • DMAI accreditation that is recognized and serves as a visible industry distinction that defines quality and performance standards in destination marketing and management. Achieving DMAP accreditation positions a DMO as a valued and respected organization in your community and increases our credibility in the market.

To find out more about costs associated with becoming a Partner Hotel and additional benefits for hotels paying Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and hotels qualified to participate in San Jose Hotels Inc., San Jose Hotel Business Improvement District (HBID), please contact Benjamin Roschke at