The Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the business community and enhancing the visitor experience. The ACRA is a unique blend of a traditional chamber of commerce and a visitors’ and convention bureau made up of approximately 750+ local businesses, a strong, diverse board of directors, and a dedicated staff.
THE ACRA VISION
To create an environment for Aspen to thrive.
THE ACRA MISSION
To serve the Aspen business and nonprofit communities by:
- Attracting visitors to the resort
- Offering valuable services to member organizations
- Facilitating synergy among members and government and local civic organizations
- Providing advocacy on relevant community issues
- Tell our story powerfully, both as a community and as an organization.
- Continually listen to our membership and community.
- Set realistic operational and financial goals.
- Actively participate in planning for the future of our community.
Our Function focuses on uniting our four primary tools to support Aspen’s business community:
Destination Marketing and Group Sales – The Aspen Chamber is contracted by the City of Aspen to manage the destination marketing funds which are generated by a local lodging tax. The destination marketing program promotes Aspen as a premier year round destination for both leisure and group visitation. The integrated campaign includes online & print advertising, print collateral, social media, retention marketing, group sales initiatives and public relations. We work collaboratively with Stay Aspen Snowmass, our central reservations agency, local lodges and tourism partners to drive business to Aspen.
Membership – The ACRA provides member businesses with marketing and advertising support, quality networking opportunities, referrals, and discounts on season ski passes and recreational benefits. We provide a voice on behalf of the business community on local topics that are important to business interest.
Special Events – The ACRA works to create and attract special events that draw local, regional and destination visitors to Aspen. We’re proud to host nationally recognized events like the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, our annual WinterskölTM Celebration, and local favorites like the Old Fashioned Fourth of July, the Arts Festival, and 12 Days of Aspen.
Visitors’ Services – The ACRA operates four information centers year-round that welcome over 200,000 visitors to Aspen and provide referrals to local business and services. The staff performs multiple services including distribution of resort and community information, socio-economic, demographic, and statistical information.