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Chamber Calendar 
2019 Schedule
Apr 9th - Emp Fam
10 am - 4 pm
Best Western
Apr 11th 10 am -12 pm
Board Meeting Yavapai
Apr 11th 1:30 - 2:30 pm - Grand Canyon become the Expert
Big E Steakhouse
Apr 12th  5:30 - 7 pm
Networking Mixer The Chicken Kitchen
May 9th 10 am - 12 pm Board Meeting
Jun 11th 10 am - 4 pm
Employment FAM Tour
Jun 13th 10 am-12 pm 
Board Meeting 
Jun 14th 10 am - 11 am
Grand Canyon Become the Expert
Jun TBD Networking Mixer
Red Feather Lodge
Jul 4th - Parade & Celebration
Jul 11th 10 am -12pm
Board Meeting
Aug 8th 10 am -12 pm
Board Meeting
Sep 12th 10 am -12 pm Board Meeting
Sep TBD Networking Mixer
Oct 10th 10 am -12 pm
Board Meeting
Mid -Oct - 2020 Board Nominations
Oct 31 - Trunk or Treat
Nov 2nd - Grand Canyon Chamber 1/2 Marathon
Nov 8th 10 am - 12 pm Board Meeting
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 numbers for December are in Showing an overall 2018 YTD increase of 1.97% and a 9.1% increase for December alone.  January 2019 is showing a 12.55% decrease over 2018. Click here for the link to the current NPS reports. 


2019 Grand Canyon Chamber Visitor Guide is on the street!  If you would like some for your location please let us know.  We have increased the number of pages and have a two page spread on Centennial Events. The on-line version would make a great link to share with your guests as they are planning their Grand Adventures!


Grand Canyon High School annual job fair is Wednesday April 10th - set-up begins at 8:15 am with the event scheduled from 9 am - 10:30 am.  If you are interested in participating please contact Andy Pearce.


Become a Sponsor: We recently sent out sponsorship information for 2019.  We have some great events planned this year and need some additional support.  We are planning this year's July 4th Parade and Celebration with a Centennial Theme - we are excited to have back Michael Grimm - America's Got Talent 5th yr season winner and Exit 64 as our main musical acts. We are also working on another Laser Light Show to end the evening.  Additionally, we will be hosting Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon, 5K run and Family mile on Nov 2nd. Your sponsorship will help our two main events plus others like Trunk or Treat, Grand Canyon Become the Expert, and Employment FAM tours.  Click here for more information on becoming a sponsor.


October 1, 2019 CUA fee increase will go into effect.  Here is a link that outlines the increases.  This will result in significant fee adjustments for your tours.


Welcome new members 


The Chicken Kitchen - Tusayan - Our newest restaurant - open breakfast, lunch and dinner come on in for some eggs, hash or some great Fried Chicken.  Grand Opening Celebration/networking mixer April 12th 5:30 - 7 pm.


Under Canvas - Valle - Under Canvas began in 2009 with the opening of an all-inclusive glamping adventure package and has since grown to include eight luxury glamping resorts and a customized event’s offering, bringing the glamping experience to life anywhere in the country.


Lowell Observatory - Flagstaff - Lowell Observatory has been in Flagstaff for 125 years and this year will be celebrating their role in Apollo's 50th Anniversary.  From 1961 through 1969, scientists and artists worked together at Lowell Observatory to create detailed maps of the lunar surface. At the same time, astronauts traveled to northern Arizona to learn geology techniques and methods. One of their destinations was Lowell Observatory, where they studied how lunar features were depicted on the maps. Several of these future Moon explorers then viewed the Moon directly through the observatory’s historic 24-inch Clark Telescope.


February / March Recap

January 31st Annual Luncheon - We had a Grand turn-out for our Annual Membership Luncheon - Thank you Chicken Kitchen for giving us the first taste!  If you missed in - don't miss the Grand Opening Mixer on April 12th!


February 12th - Employment FAM Tour We had another successful turn-out of job developers that came to learn about local employers and jobs in our area. Don't miss our next on on April 9th!


February 12th Networking Mixer Starbucks - Thank you Starbucks and Delaware North for a lovely event.  We even had a few folks from our Employment FAM tour join us.  Next mixer April 12th at The Chicken Kitchen.


Bloggers Campaign Jan/Feb

We wrapped up the campaign - unfortunately the weather caused some havoc with the schedule and the LA Couple was unable to make it out. The other creators had some incredible posts and we are currently amplifing their posts. This campaign has generated some great shots and videos which we will continue to use.  On Instagram check out #GoGrand2019 for some of their content.  The combined group has 4.1 million followers, they produced 74 posts and we had 36,956 engagements.

New Videos - Kate Densmore produced 3 videos for us - Family, Adventure, and Culture . Please use and share the videos on social media.  The videos can be found at our YouTube Channel here. We plan to add more videos in next years marketing plan.

Tusayan Multimodal Transportation Action Plan -Our plan is to bring our tentative 5 year plan to the full community and interested parties possibly in May. Stay tuned for more information.


April 9th - Employment FAM Tour - 10 am - 4 pm Grand Canyon Squire Inn.  This event is designed to bring job developers to our area to learn about employment opportunities directly from the employers all at one time.  10 - 12 pm are employer presentations, 12 - 1:30 pm will be a group lunch followed by an area tour.  Please check your information on our website as this data will likely need to be updated due to min wage increases. Click here to update your information.  I will be going to print on Friday April 5th.


April 11th - Grand Canyon Become the Expert 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm -  at the Big E Steakhouse. With over 6 million visitors we sure get a lot of questions - especially this Centennial year. Join us for a free informative session about the Grand Canyon. Topics include Centennial Events, busy day tips, tours, accessibility, Ranger and Jr Ranger programs, permits and camping, pet friendly activities/accommodations, hiking safety and were to go for the best views. Please RSVP


April 12th Networking Mixer 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Grand Opening The Chicken Kitchen - RSVP Join us for some great food and fun.


AOT - FAM's who's coming? Current Requests from AOT If you want to host please let me know.


Apr 11th - UK Journalist traveling with AOT

Apr 25th - Valerio Negri - Luxury Travel Magazine Mexico

Apr 27th - Jennifer Hartley & Jacob Rosser - Ottawa Life magazine

May - Don Heimburger - Travelife.ca Canada

May - Inge Jucker – GlücksPost – Germany

June - Fergus Blakiston – The New Zealand Herald – New Zealand

July - Helmut Widmann – Gute Reise - Austria

Current Marketing efforts

Grand Canyon CVB Website updates:


  • Feb 1 - Mar 31 - 65 posts, 68,605 reach, 2,456 likes, 266 shares and 97 comments and 45 new page likes
  • This is new for us and the push began with the blogger campaign.  We have 51 posts, 86 followers, 89 likes outside of the blogger campaign. 
Additional Advertising:
Print campaigns
  • AAA Living (Midwest) generated 781 primary leads and 852 secondary leads (these leads contain name, mailing address and email(if willing to give us) and were shared with Chamber Members.  
  • Grand Canyon Journal
    • National Park Journal, Grand Canyon edition
      • Full Page Advertisement 
      • Full Page Custom Content 
      • Tablet editions - replica ad/edit available for purchase within iPad, Nook, Kindle & Zinio
    • MyGrandCanyonPark.com
      • Online Content Integration - URL
      • Integration into Itinerary - URL
      • Integration into Itinerary - URL
      • PDF download of ad/edit within itinerary – URL
    • National Park Newsletter Feature
      • March 24th - 142 clicks
  • AA Arizona 
  • AZ Canadian Insert 1/3 page ad – Westjet Magazine circulation 600,000 on-line impressions +22 million – this campaign generated 1003 leads for our members
  • Chicago Life delivered by Wall Street Journal – mid October featured Grand Canyon 100th Anniversary 44,000 print
  • Grand Canyon Journal Full page ad - enewsletter just 
Banner Ads
Quantcast - banner ads
Madden - Re-marketing ads
Geofence - REI store campaign AZ & Southern CA Nov - Feb
1.3 Million Impressions, 1,401 clicks with 41 Actions Avg CTR .1%
Current Print Advertising in circulation:
Arizona Canadian Fall insert 612,000 
Winter Drive Guide – circulation 200,000
1/6 page ad in Experience Sedona guide – circulation 275,000
1/3 panel Northern Arizona Exposure Map – 275,000 circulation
1/4 panel Grand Canyon South Rim, Tusayan, & Northern AZ
Plus our 2019 Visitor's Guide I40 corridor certified racks Southern Arizona and Prescott Valley
Chamber Partner Opportunities
Grand Canyon Association 
100 Centennial Celebration Info


Be a part of something GRAND

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park!

We invite you to become a corporate partner of Grand Canyon Association, supporting Grand Canyon for present and future generations. 

How you can support Grand Canyon

Private support of our national parks and public lands is a long and proud tradition. 

Grand Canyon Association works with organizations to meet their unique goals while ensuring Grand Canyon National Park’s six million annual visitors have a fulfilling and exceptional experience. There are many ways for your organization to partner with one of the Natural Wonders of the World: 

Click here for more info

National Park Service News
Dear Grand Canyon Partners,

As you have probably heard or seen in the media, Superintendent Chris Lehnertz has announced her resignation effective March 31. Below is the email that she sent to all park staff this morning. At the park’s request, Acting Regional Director Kate Hammond is working on assigning a detailee to act as Superintendent who will be in the park in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, Lisa Carrico will continue serving as acting Superintendent for the month of March while Chris is out of the park.

We know that this is a busy time of year for everyone. We appreciate your support and everything you do for Grand Canyon. We will be sharing additional information in the coming days. Please feel free to reach out your NPS park contacts or the Superintendent’s Office, at (928) 638-7945, if you have questions.  

Lisa Carrico
Deputy Superintendent - Operations & Resources
Grand Canyon National Park
Office:  (928) 638-7076
Cell:     (928) 606-7448

Dear Colleagues,                                                                             

For many of us at Grand Canyon, nearly every day we think of the words that President Theodore Roosevelt spoke when he stood at the South Rim in 1903. “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve upon it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see.”  We take these words to heart throughout the NPS as we steward the nation’s natural and cultural resources for future generations. Those of you who love the park know that our mission can only be met when employees can thrive, and it has been my great honor to stand beside you to fulfill our park purpose. You are a crucial cornerstone to our nation’s conservation values and your respect for one another galvanizes your commitment.

When I arrived at Grand Canyon National Park in 2016, I knew we needed to create a more respectful and inclusive workplace, yet I didn’t really know how strong you were until we started working together. You have taken initiative to modernize our work with efforts like collaborative planning processes, updated budget formulation, new engagement strategies for visitors, better tools for search and rescue, updated archeological preservation techniques, a greener fleet and cleaning products, safer aviation – the list goes on.  You have built a more resilient organization, and you can call on that resilience now and into the future.

The past several months have been life changing for me. My experiences have served to reinforce the core of my life’s values - compassion, fairness, honesty, civility, and respect, and I will always stay involved in protecting our nation’s public lands and democratic principles.  With respect and admiration for the women and men of the National Park Service, I have submitted my resignation to acting Director Smith. My last day as Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park will be March 31, 2019 and I commit to a smooth transition of responsibilities. 

Twenty-nine years of federal service have been a true gift to me, made meaningful by both the work and more importantly, the colleagues and friends who have delivered so much to the nation.  Thank you for each and every day that you put into managing the resources under your care and providing visitors with a transformative experience.  It is a difficult road at Grand Canyon – with challenges in recruitment and hiring, ever increasing visitation, and threats to park resources – all made more difficult in times of uncertainty. My hope for each of you is that you’ll continue to grow and learn as you implement the mission of this extraordinary organization.  Please know that your efforts mean so much to so many. 

Finally, be proud of the substantial progress that you have made toward building a more respectful and inclusive workplace.  Last week, the 2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results were reported and show that employees who care about Grand Canyon are making a difference.  Since 2016, important indices of workplace conditions have gone up – the inclusion quotient is up 10 points, training/development is up 15 points, support for diversity is up 14 points, strategic management is up 20 points, empowerment is up 17 points, and fairness is up 18 points.  These gains are directly attributable to those of you who have chosen to stand up to make a better workplace at Grand Canyon National Park.

With sincere thanks and devotion, 

Chris Lehnertz, Superintendent

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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