It takes a lot to entertain sophisticated travelers these days, but leave it to San Francisco to translate some intriguing tidbits of history into an out-of-the-box, underground attraction that meeting planners may want to include in their off-site activity suggestions. Escape Alcatraz is a drop ride and show simulating an escape from the infamous prison, including a (safe) jump off “The Rock.”

Presented by Merlin Entertainment at the new San Francisco Dungeon on Jefferson Street in the Fisherman’s Wharf district, it’s housed in a 25,000-square-foot, below-sealevel space. Visitors check in as “prisoners” and get a 60-minute, interactive, highly theatrical show in which actors posing as gamblers, thieves, harlots and hoodlums lead them through elaborate, 360-degree sets while relating tales of the prison and the Barbary Coast. Guests then strap into nine-passenger gondolas for the simulated “escape,” a 33-second experience with a sudden, 11-foot drop. 

Escape Alcatraz previewed on Halloween weekend. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.  

The Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter of MPI held its annual trade show April 12 at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The exhibition followed an education luncheon sponsored by the Marin County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was one of hundreds of events held around the world in observation of Global Meetings Industry Day.

 

Ditching the traffic for “train-to meetings” can lower stress and boost productivity. 

 

Avid golfer and veteran Pebble Beach sales exec, Tim Ryan is redefining what it means to score a hole in one at his resort.