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Chamber Calendar 
2019 Schedule
Jun 11th 10 am - 4 pm
Employment FAM Tour
Best Western
Jun 13th 10 am-12 pm 
Board Meeting 
Chicken Kitchen
Jun 13th  Networking Mixer 5:30 - 7 pm
Red Feather Lodge
Jun 14th 10 am - 11 am
Grand Canyon Become the Expert
Big E Steakhouse
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 Pink Jeep 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 reports are in for March & April. March showed a considerable decrease over last year of 13.5% and April a 8.01% decrease. Most of the hotels I spoke with felt the rest of the summer was tracking better than last year.  Click here for the link to the current NPS reports. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help promote anything for your business via Facebook or Instagram.  We are here to help support your business!


South Rim - Tusayan Multimodal Transportation Action Plan Outcomes

The entrance to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is one of the busiest single entrances to a park in the world. Total visitation to the park has increased sharply by 1.8 million over the last 5 years, culminating in a record 6.35 million visitors in 2018. In recognition of the challenge posed by the resulting congestion in and around Tusayan and the south entrance to the park, a collaborative group made up of Grand Canyon-South Rim Chamber of Commerce, Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab National Forest, Town of Tusayan and Paul Revere Transportation formed in 2017. Along with community partners, they sought to better understand the current situation, assess driving factors and explore possible solutions.

Project Purpose Enhance the quality, extent, and use of multimodal transportation options between Tusayan and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park to benefit visitors, residents, service providers, community members, and park resources.

Outcomes The South Rim – Tusayan Multimodal Transportation Action Plan contains a series of tangible actions for implementation over the next 5 years.The strategy contained in the plan includes 45 prioritized actions presented under four themes. Some represent current efforts that have proven effective and are recommended for continuation. Others have already been launched during the preparation of the plan, while a substantial number require concerted action by one or more parties. Nearly all of the recommendations sit on the foundation of existing, approved plans.

Please click here for the full overview and detailed plans.

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!


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

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


July 4th Planning - our next board meeting is Thursday June 13th 10 am - 12 pm at the Chicken Kitchen.


Oct 1, 2019 CUA fee increase will go into effect. May 29th NPS updated the site to clarify questions you may have. Here is a link that outlines the increases.  Here is a link that reviews their presentation.  This will result in significant fee adjustments for your tours.

May Recap

May 7th 10 am - 12 pm Board Meeting / July 4th planning at Pink Jeep

The Grand Canyon Chamber and Visitor's Bureau is excited to bring you our 41st Annual July 4th Celebration and Party.

This years theme Grand Canyon Centennial Celebration!

Thanks to the Town of Tusayan this year we will have another Grand Celebration with a Laser Light Show!

  • 2:30 pm -Bike Decorating Contest - sponsored by Bright Angel Bicycles
  • 3:30 pm - Parade
  • 4:00 - 10:00 pm - Live Music (Michael Grimm: America's Got Talent 5th yr Season winner with Exit 64 and opening with the Boulder Alley Boys), Food, Games, Silent Auction / Raffle
  • 8:30pm - Laser Light Show - sponsored by the Town of Tusayan

How can you participate?

Games: Do you have any games we can borrow for the event? Audrey Stone from Grand Canyon Recreation will be coordinating all the games for the afternoon. Please contact Audrey if you have games or want to donate goodies or even help that day. Let's make it fun for the kids. Audrey can be reached at 928-638-3389 or via email at asulit@xanterra.com If you have any left-over giveaway's from your float we'd be happy to utilize them at the game booth.

Food: This year we are looking for businesses to sponsor a food booth with staff for the day - The Chamber can purchase the food but we need you to cook your specialties.

Silent Auction / Raffle: This is the Chambers annual fund raiser for the year. Please consider donating auction items or a bigger ticket item for our Card Raffle. Please fill out a Donation Form below.

Parade: All are welcome to join our Parade. Please review the guidelines below and fill out a Parade Registration form. Who will hold the trophy for the next year! Last year's big winner was Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel. Floats will be judged on Originality / Theme presentation (0 - 50 points), Creativity (0 - 25 points), Moving Parts / Special Effects on the float (0 - 15 points) and Public Appeal (0 - 10 points).

Click here for all the information!

May 16th - Brand USA FAM
In partnership with Brand USA, American Airlines and British Airways, Experience Scottsdale and Visit Phoenix have been chosen as the hosts for the finale of the Brand USA UK & Ireland Mega FAM. This opportunity comes in support of the new American Airlines non-stop air service from London Heathrow to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which launched last month.

I attended the Product Manager & Receptive Marketplace where I will conducted one-on-one meetings with all product managers and receptives in attendance during 8-minute appointment sessions.  Attendees included 10 UK & Ireland product managers and 7 receptive operators as well as Brand USA UK and DC team members.


AOT - FAM's who came? 

May 22/23 - Mr. Jamie Lafferty Scottland (Thank you Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel for hosting)

 June / July

June 11th 10 am - 4 pm Employment Familiarization Tour 

The Grand Canyon South Rim Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to our next Job Familiarization Tour on Tuesday June 11th. The purpose of the tour is for you to interact with local job developers who can help you source applicants. Below is the agenda - please consider joining us and let me know if you have any questions. As of right now we have 7 confirmed attendees representing: Goodwill Industries, AZ at Work, and Veterans.  They would love to meet you!

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn

10 am - 12 pm - Presentations by local employers 
12 pm - 1:30 pm - Hosted lunch with local employers
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Tour of our housing and local area

Please email Laura if you want to participate.

June 12 12 pm Big E Steakhouse Rotary meeting presents: Lisa Graham, SHRM-CP who will be doing a presentation on Veteran's Recruitment and the benefits for employers.  Please RSVP with Laura.Chastain@GrandCanyonCVB.org if you would like to attend.

June 13th - 10 am - 12 pm Board Meeting & July 4th Planning Meeting at the Chicken Kitchen

June 13th - 5:30 - 7 pm Grand Canyon Chamber Mixer / Ribbon Cutting Hosted by: Red Feather Lodge & Plaza Bonita Restaurant
Join us for another ribbon cutting mixer event as Red Feather Lodge unveils their new remodel! Please RSVP


June 14th - Grand Canyon Become the Expert 10:30 pm - 11:30 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


July 4th - Grand Canyon Centennial Parade and Celebration


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


Aug - Helmut Widmann – Gute Reise - Austria (Thank you Red Feather for Hosting!)

National Park Service News

Grand Canyon Summer Fest Participation - Vanessa Ceja-Cervante is planning a great week and want's your participation.


Jr.Ranger Day | June 22 | Grand Canyon Visitor Center 

Jr.Ranger Day will focus on engaging the park's youngest visitors with stewardship and conservation. We will have storytime on the rim, cultural demonstrators, and a scavenger hunt. 


June 23-28 | Grand Canyon Visitor Center 

Cultural Demonstrators during the day and 17 Grand Canyon, outdoor related films throughout the week. 


Summerfest | June 29 | Grand Canyon Visitor Center 

The park will be hosting a summer festival on June 29 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center plaza. The festival will feature everything Arizona has to offer including food trucks, a beer garden, and cultural demonstrators.


How you can participate!

We would love to have Grand Canyon Chamber members join us and share with visitors information about their outdoor attractions.

Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes | Grand Canyon National Park | 

928-638-7728 office | 928-266-6246 cell | email

Current Marketing efforts

Grand Canyon CVB Website updates:


        • May 1st - May 31st - 37 posts, 42,280 reach, 2603 likes, 269 shares and 80 comments and 51 new page likes. We are almost at 5,000 page likes - please help us get there invite your friends & family.
        • This is still new for us in April we had 19 posts, 1858 likes, 8 comments and now have 114 followers.
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
      • April 19th - 72 clicks (3,019 reach)
  • 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
Banner Ads
Quantcast - banner ads
Madden - Re-marketing ads 1.7 million impressions with a avg .16% click rate
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

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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