Nov 2, 2023 - News

APEC's coming to San Francisco. Here's what to expect

President Biden, who plans to attend APEC, arrives at the Crissy Field Landing Zone in San Francisco for a visit in June. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

San Francisco will play host to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference starting next weekend, and it's set to have a major impact on day-to-day life in the city.

Why it matters: The city expects more than 20,000 attendees, including President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, for the event from Nov. 11-17, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Driving the news: APEC is a meeting of world leaders from the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea and other countries, focused on promoting free trade throughout the Asia Pacific region.

What's happening: The meeting will take place at a variety of locations throughout the city, but mostly in SoMa, including at Moscone Center.

  • The city has created green and red zones throughout the city to indicate APEC events and security-related activities.
  • Here's a handy map showing these zones as well as street closures.
  • Muni service is also affected, including the recently opened Central Subway that connects Chinatown to downtown.

Of note: San Francisco residents who live in secure zones will be required to get their bags checked upon entering the area but will not have to show identification.

  • Meanwhile, delivery workers can only enter those zones on foot, bike or a non-motorized scooter.

What they're saying: "We know there will be impacts due to the increased security, but we are working with our residents and businesses so that APEC is a successful and safe event," Mayor London Breed said in a written statement.

  • "We will show the world San Francisco's unique ability to create a world-class experience where people continue to want to live, work and visit."

By the numbers: City leaders expect APEC to provide a boon to the local economy, potentially bringing in over $50 million to the city, according to the mayor's office.

  • City officials estimate that more than 55,000 hotel room nights will be occupied.

What to watch: Several Bay Area organizations are planning protests outside of APEC amid concerns about increased security and police presence for the event, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.


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