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Chamber Calendar
2019 Schedule
Oct 10th 10 am -12 pm
Board Meeting
Mid - Oct - 2020 Board Nominations
Nov 14th 10 am - 12 pm Board Meeting
Nov 13th - Situational Awareness Training
Nov 25th Board Ballots mailed out
Dec 12th 10 am -12 pm
Board Meeting 
Ballot Count and
Sweepstakes Giveaway
Message From The General Manager
Laura Chastain

NPS reports are in for July and August. July showed a decrease over last year of 5.36% and August showed a decrease of 5.9%.  Year to date averages -5.9%. Click here for the link to the current NPS reports.


For those of you that missed AOT's regional data report click here for regional profiles.  Overall the state is still holding with marginal gains - however as we know National Parks are down.  We learned that the Northern AZ Region tends to show trends before the rest of the state.  In speaking with some of the hotels I am hearing numbers are tracking well for next year.  Please click here to answer a few questions to help guide future discussions on trends / concerns for 2020.


Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon, 5K and Family 1-mile

I have been working hard on the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon set for November 2, 2019.  This event is now completely locally driven.  I have partnered with Run Tucson for the Race logistics, but the rest of the experience is about us – who we are as a community and the hospitality we offer to our visitors. We are now working on our final touches and need your assistance.  We currently have 267 people registered for the event and want to be able to show them what makes us so “Grand”!  We chose this date to increase your late fall visitation and hopefully have better weather for the runners. We have begun to send emails to the participants highlighting local stories, fun facts, where to stay, what to do and would love to include you in some of our upcoming highlights.  Over the next few we will be highlighting those restaurants that want to offer a Friday night pasta/carb special, any restaurant that wants to participate in Taste of the Grand Canyon and anyone donating prizes for our runners.

The course begins and ends at IMAX.  IMAX is graciously opening their building to us for this event. 

The schedule:

Friday November 1st

  • 3 pm – 8 pm pre-race registration packet pick-up
  • 7 pm Volunteer meeting
  • 7:30 pm Race information session for participants
  • Pasta Specials around town

Saturday November 2nd

  • 8 am - 12 pm - Pancake Breakfast to support Tusayan Fire Department
  • 10 am – Half Marathon start
  • 10:15 am – 5K start

The opportunities:

  • Register your business for a vendor table - All Vendor's must be members of the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce. There is no base fee to participate, however if your businesses normally extend a commission to the Chamber, we ask that any sales you make at this event that you extend the same commission.  The goal is to provide event participants with information on the Grand Canyon.  You can set-up Friday night during our pre-registration/race information event and on Saturday November 2nd for the event.
  • Friday Night Pasta / High Carb special - The Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon is looking for our local restaurants to offer a pasta special for our Marathon participants. If you are interested in offering a pasta special on Friday Night November 1, 2019 please complete the form by October 11th to be included in a special email to participants. We are sending e-newsletters to the participants and would like to include your offer.
  • Taste of the Grand Canyon - We hope you want to participate in the Taste of the Grand Canyon. We are looking for restaurants interested in donating small samples of what makes your food so "Grand" - it could really be anything - your signature sandwich cut into smaller portions, your famous wings, a sample of your best dessert.  Please consider donating 100 - 200 units for sampling to share with the racers and their families.  Event will take place at the Grand Canyon IMAX. Event set-up 9 am finished by 3 pm.
  • Prize Donations - We are looking for 50 Grand Canyon prizes for the different age categories. We are looking for 8 amazing prizes like donated tours or hotel stays and then things likes Grand Canyon books, art/posters, t-shirts, or water bottles. The amazing prizes will go to the top 3 men and top 3 women overall and the top man and woman in the masters category.
  • Volunteers – We will need about 55 volunteers the day before and the day of to make this happen. If you or anyone you know want to get involved and help show these Half - Marathon Racer what a Grand Community offers please sign-up to volunteer.

I realize this is a lot to ask - we plan to make this an annual fall event and hope to significantly increase numbers next year and the years to come.  This inaugural year for us will set the stage for all the years to come – if our 267 racers have an awesome time and each tell 2 friends… well we could have over 801 for next year.

Thank you all for your support!


New Board Member We would like to welcome DaNene Pace to our Chamber Board.  DaNene has been the Station Manager for Westwind Air Service for over 3 years -  prior to Westwind DaNene worked with Vision Airlines for over 10 years.  DaNene will serve the remainer of this year as a replacement for ClayAnn who stepped down in July.  Romy Murphy had been Vice-President and has assumed the role of President.


2019 Board ElectionsThe Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is seeking nominations for its annual Board of Director member election in December.  There are 3 open seats.


To be eligible, the nominee must represent a Grand Canyon-Tusayan business and be a current full Chamber member in good standing.  No more than one representative is allowed from any one full Chamber Member.  Nominations must include a short bio (65-90 words max) of the potential candidate and a signed statement confirming eligibility and willingness to serve.


Elections will be held in December by mail ballot.  The board has a total of seven members with a portion of the group elected each year.  Board meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday at 10:00 am.


For more information contact Laura at 520-329-1889. Mail nominations by November 10th to PO Box 3007, Grand Canyon AZ 86023 or email to Laura.Chastain@GrandCanyonCVB.org .


A Special Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors:

We couldn't do all of our events (July 4th, Half-Marathon, Employment FAM Tours, Become the Experts etc) without you!

Platnum Sponsor: Town of Tusayan for July 4th

Gold Sponsors: Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Red Feather Lodge, Texaco Express Mini-Mart

Silver Sponsors: The Grand Hotel, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter

Bronze Sponsors: Plaza Bonita Restaurant, Big E Steakhouse, 
RP's Stage Stop, Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Small Business Sponsors: Arizona River Runners, Camper Village, Maverick, Buck Wild Hummer Tours


CUA fee increase Delayed

The Commercial Use Authorization fees timetable schedule that had been scheduled for October 1st has now been delayed until at least April 1, 2020 for Grand Canyon.  Here’s a link for more information:


August/ September Recap

Pink Jeep & IMAX mixer - Thank you all that came out for the Pink Jeep and IMAX mixer.  I know we had a lot of networking between local non-profits / support agencies and businesses and that always leads to great things for our community.


AOT Regional Numbers Review 


Bike your Park EventWe had 25 people participate in the Bike your Park event on Saturday September 28th. Adventure Cycling Association has been holding these events for 4 years in an effort to raise awareness about bicycling in National Parks.  We co-hosted this ride with Bright Angel Bicycles and had official Bike Your Park Stickers plus more give-aways from Coconino County Health, Project Hero and of course Bright Angel Bicycles.  Just prior to our event Adventure Cycling showcased 5 National Park Rides on their blog - including ours!  Save the date for next year - Saturday September 26th 2020!  This is such a great event and fall in-line with our 5-yr transportation plan.


AOT - FAM's who came? 

Aug 3rd - Helmut Widmann and Family - Gute Reise magazine Austria- Thank you Red Feather for hosting

Aug 18-19 - Michael Pohl  Germany - Thank you Red Feather for hosting

October - November

Oct 30th - RSVP Networking Mixer sponsored by Buck Wild


Oct 31st - Trunk or Treat - This is a favorite annual event - Posters are beginning to be distributed so please make sure you post for locals and visitor's alike.  It is always so much fun for the international tourist that don't celebrate like we do.  Prizes for Best Community Trunk and Judges Choice. We also host a kid / adult costume contest and will have a canned food drive for the Grand Canyon Food Pantry.  Please RSVP your Trunk



AOT - FAM's who's coming? 

Oct 27 - Sarah Esnard ZuZulu Travel

Nov 15 / 16 - Three French Journalist


National Park Service News


Grand Canyon News Release

For Immediate Release

Sept. 17, 2019

Contact: Lily Daniels, 928-638-7958

Indian Garden Water Pumps Being Replaced

Grand Canyon, AZ- Construction to replace two water pumps at the Grand Canyon National Park Indian Garden north pump house is beginning Sept. 23 and continuing into May 2020.

The construction will require visitors to use a marked bypass trail around the construction site along the Bright Angel Trail.

The pump house provides water to the park's South Rim, and outages from the pumps have contributed to multiple park-wide water conservation restrictions over the past five years.

Replacing the 1960s era pumps will increase a reliable water supply and pumping efficiency to the South Rim as park visitation grows and water demand increases.

The new replacement pumps are designed to work simultaneously, providing up to 700 gallons per minute. The increased pumping rates will enable the park to operate them during off-peak energy hours, which will result in a cost savings to the park water consumers. The park will also be able to remotely operate the new system and reduce its operating man hours.

As a critical piece of water infrastructure, this project is taking priority and is one of many water utility projects the park is working to address in its effort to reduce its maintenance backlog.


Current Marketing efforts

Grand Canyon CVB Website updates


        • August 1st - August 31st - 41 posts, 37,288 reach, 1751 likes, 106 shares, 43 comments, 80 new page likes for a total of 5129 page likes. 
        • Sept 1st - Sept 30th 30 posts, 25,561 reach, 2,284 likes, 55 comments,80  new page likes for a total of 5,209 page likes. 
        • We ran 4 Ad campaigns Aug/Sept
          • Marathon 47,311 impressions, 31,229 reach, 13,524 post engagements, 531 clicks, 37 comments, 27 saves, 99 shares and 226 event responses.
          • Rooms Available (August) 21,525 impressions, 13,542 reach, 4,673 engagements, 1078 clicks, 5 comments, 9 saves and 24 shares.
          • Labor Day Weekend info 8,702 impressions, 6,118 reach, 3967 engagement, 17 clicks, 1 comment, 14 reactions, 1 save and 1 share.
          • Bike Your Park 4,846 impressions, 2072 reach, 125 post engagements, 82 clicks, 36 reactions, 7 shares and 43 event responses.
        • Aug 1 - Aug 30th - 22 posts,  3960 Impressions, 325 likes, 2 comments, 7 shares and 7 profile visits.
        • Sept 1 - Sept 30th - 21 posts 3913 impressions, 385 likes 9 comments, 2 shares and 4 profile visits. 
  • Experience the Winter Majesty  46,621 views
  • Grand Canyon Family Adventure Dogs included 13,714 views
  • Come for the views...stay and experience the CULTURE 23 views
  • Grand Canyon's Winter Adventure 13 views
  • Half Marathon 6 views
Current Print Advertising in circulation:
Fall Drive Guide – circulation 200,000
Grand Canyon/Williams Magazine
1/3 panel Northern Arizona Exposure Map – 275,000 circulation
Plus our 2019 Visitor's Guide I40 corridor certified racks Southern Arizona and Prescott Valley
Print Circulation this fall:
AAA Living (mid-west) Nov/Dec 
AAA Southern California Nov/Dec
Chamber Partner Opportunities
Arizona Office of Tourism
The Arizona Office of Tourism has updated their website - here are a few ways you can learn more...
Partner Opportunities 
  • Presentations  
    • Research Presentations
    • Media 101 Webinars from 2018
    • Social Media Resources
    • Influencer Resources
  • Trends
  • Economic Impacts
  • Visitor Profiles
  • Regional Profiles
  • International Profiles
Trade & Media - Calendar of events


Media Requests

We are starting to see a number of media requests.  I have updated our media room page and added a Google form for media to fill out.  I will receive the requester’s information via email and in a pdf form which I will then share with those on my media list.  If you’re not on my media list please make sure your company has completed our contact information form.


I also have a dropbox folder for media - please send me anything you would like me to include.

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