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Congratulations – We believe YOUR business is a WINNER!

Congrats!  We know that ALL of the individuals and businesses who have chosen to belong to the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce are Winners!!!    

Help us Help You and your business by telling us what your business is doing, your latest and greatest achievements and upcoming events!

What’s New at the Tombstone Chamber?

Have you all stopped by the Chamber office and met our new Administrative Assistant – Debbie Ramsey?   If not stop by and introduce yourself!   She joins the Chamber with a welcomed wealth of Administrative knowledge.

 Posting/Promoting YOUR news and events:

Many Chamber members submit information to have the Chamber share on the Chamber Website and Facebook Page….this is wonderful.   If possible – please submit the information in a manner that the text can be copied and reposted – like a MSWord document, and not a PDF.  And if you want pictures posted –please have them separate from the text.

 As a reminder the Chamber will do ONE direct courtesy post per Chamber Member monthly to the Chamber’s Facebook Page.

However if your organization posts the information on YOUR OWN Facebook page – we will happily share it from there to the Chamber’s Facebook Page.   This has HUGE benefits for YOUR organization – it draws new and potential followers to YOUR page.

 If you have questions or information to post – email socialmedia@tombstonechamber.com

 

What About Your Website – Do You Use it?

Also it is a benefit to have your new and current information posted on YOUR website.   Keeping your website up to date is vital – because the internet is where all of visitors search for things to do, places to eat, and places to stay in Tombstone.  If your website isn’t kept up to date YOUR internet visitor will either think that your business is closed  or that your business doesn’t care enough to maintain their website  and that potential customer will click off of your website and find another website that is up to date.   This is true for businesses and organizations.   

 

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly:  As of April 21 Google has made it necessary for all websites to be MOBILE FRIENDLY because 90% of individuals use a smart phone or tablet to search the internet.   If YOUR website isn’t MOBILE FRIENDLY your website will NOT show up on mobile searches.   NOT GOOD, especially for businesses that rely on tourist traffic.   If you don’t know if your website is MOBILE FRIENDLY it is easy to test – you can check it here:  https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

 

Events:  

Tombstone at Twilight was a success once again. We would like to thank RV City for bringing their motor homes out to kick-off Twilight and showcase during the weekend. Lunch was provided for the attendees and a good time was had by all.

 

On The Spot Productions Presents Wyatt Earp – A Life on the Frontier
May 22 – 7:00 p.m. at Schieffelin Hall

 

Payroll 101: A Cochise College SBDC Event
Tuesday May 26, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM MST
http://www.cochise.edu/sbdc/events/
For more information email: nortonr@cochise.edu.

 

Benson Farmer’s Market on 4th Street
When: Saturdays 8 a.m. – Noon
Where: 160 W. 4th Street (Between the Cowboy Way and the Old Benson Ice Cream Stop)
What: All things Farmers Market! Cheese, eggs, baked goods, chickens, rabbits, fruit, veggies, honey, nuts, candy, herbs, sproutlings, and anything else that falls into a Farmers Market category! (Please no jewelry, crafts, etc).
How Much: $15 a space
Contact: Debi Kilpatrick @ The Benson Chamber of Commerce
168. E.4th Street, Benson, AZ 85602
520.265.8031 – info@bensonchamberaz.com

 

Wyatt Earp Days

To honor one of the West’s most famous lawman Wyatt Earp the Tombstone Lion’s Club will be raffling off an 1851 44 cal. Black Powder, Navy Colt Revolver. Be sure to be there on Saturday at 4:15pm when the winner is announced!

  • Saturday May 23rd, 2014: Come join in for a weekend of fun starting with the singing of our National Anthem at 10:00AM. We will have continuous and various entertainment until 4:00PM.
  • Sunday, May 25th, 2014: Once again, we will kick off the day with the singing of the National Anthem at 10:00AM. We will have the most delicious Chili Cook-off this side of the San Pedro. There will be continuous street entertainment running until 4:00PM.
  • Monday, May 26th, 2014: The day will start at 10:00AM with our National Anthem. There will be continuous entertainment right up until the time for the winner drawing of the 1851 Navy Colt revolver, around 4:15PM.

Some of our entertainment will include: gunfights, hangings, an 1880’s fashion show, and a Wyatt Earp look-a-like contest.  The event is sponsored by the Tombstone Lion’s Club.  If you have any questions you can call “Bronco Bill” at 520-266-5266 or email at www.wyattearpdays.com

 

Tombstone at Twilight – Next date is Saturday, May 23, 2015

 

 Notes from Julie at the Courthouse

Our numbers are up and up! After reviving our quarterly numbers we are up even better than before Two years ago!     All those ads and promotions we do must be paying off with numbers like these:

  • Total Visitation- Up by 15.35%     
  • Total Revenue- Up by 16.30%
  • Visitation Revenue- Up by 15.84%
  • Gift Shop- Up by 23.92%      

We have a few New Displays here at the Courthouse. Make sure to come on by and see it all.

We still have availability for AD spots in our Mobile App. Being a Tombstone Chamber Member gets you a $150 savings!  Our statistics show the App has been viewed in CA, New York and places in between! 

 

Cochise County Tourism

National Park Tourism to Cochise County Creates

Over $11.1 Million in Economic Benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 145 jobs in local economy

Cochise County, AZ – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that last year 170,927 visitors to the three national park sites in Cochise County spent $9,663,200 in communities near the park. That 2014 spending supported 145 jobs in the local area (not including NPS employees) and had a cumulative benefit to the local economies of Cochise and Graham counties to the tune of $11,148,300. The NPS sites in Cochise County are managed as the “Southeast Arizona Group” and include Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Visitors to these three sites spend time and money, and help create jobs, in the surrounding cities and towns of Sierra Vista, Douglas, Safford, Bisbee, and Willcox, as well as in the communities of Hereford, Palominas, Pearce, Sunsites, Elfrida, and Bowie.

 “The national park sites in southeastern Arizona welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Acting Superintendent Jane Rodgers. “We are delighted to share the story of these places and the experiences they provide. These parks introduce our visitors to the rich history, geology and landscapes that are so unique to this part of the country. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and backing of our neighbors and are proud to play a role in supporting local communities.”

 The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent). To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm. The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Arizona and how the National Park Service works with Arizona communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/Arizona.

 

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