Grand Canyon Chamber looks toward the future

Top: Grand Canyon Chamber Executive Director Josie Bustillos reports  the chamber’s goals for 2013 at their annual luncheon on Jan. 31. Below: Dave Uberuaga addresses local business owners. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Top: Grand Canyon Chamber Executive Director Josie Bustillos reports the chamber’s goals for 2013 at their annual luncheon on Jan. 31. Below: Dave Uberuaga addresses local business owners. Ryan Williams/WGCN

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce had a busy 2012.

And the organization isn't showing any signs of slowing down soon.

Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Josie Bustillos said March 1, 2012, the Arizona Service Advisory Committee agreed to include the chamber into the local information center program, making the organization the official office of tourism for the Grand Canyon area.

The acknowledgement was one of the chamber's biggest accomplishments of the year, and Bustillos thanked local businesses and Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan for their support during their annual luncheon Jan. 31.

"We now have the ability to have information for all of Arizona, which helps us assist the visitors with all they need in order to experience our beautiful state of Arizona," Bustillos said to chamber members.

Recapping 2012 events, Bustillos said the chamber was proud to partner with the Forest Service and Park Service during clean-ups and ribbon cuttings. The chamber also helped organized the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which helps area law enforcement raise money for the Arizona Special Olympics.

Bustillos said the second annual Rock-tober Fest and Fourth of July event were also big hits, helped by the Tusayan road improvement project.

"The beautiful strolling sidewalks just added that much more to the event," Bustillos said. "Each year we try and bring something new to the event, without losing that small town Fourth of July feel."

Bustillos listed boosting chamber membership, attending key travel shows and adding more local events as top priorities for 2013.

The chamber is also updating their website, which Bustillos said will be better for not only chamber members, but also visitors.

"We hope to go live with our website sometime in April, and our website will also be mobile," she said.

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