Visit Anchorage's networking and educational events provide opportunity to forge valuable connections while networking and keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in the visitor industry.
While our member events are temporarily going virtual as a public health precaution against the spread of COVID-19, we're looking forward to meeting in person again soon.
Monthly Membership Luncheons
Join your peers and hear the latest on tourism and economic trends from key community and visitor industry leaders. Members are encouraged to gain exposure for their business by providing door prizes, bringing a promotional piece for the back table or making community announcements to attendees. Luncheons are held on the third Thursday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. Learn more about what to expect.
Networking can be one of the best ways to meet and form new business contacts within the visitor industry. Throughout the year, Visit Anchorage and members host informal and fun-filled events after work where members can get to know each other and build partnerships. Learn more about what to expect.
Visitor Information Center In-service Meetings
Be part of this monthly meeting to educate Visit Anchorage's volunteers and staff who work in the VICs - the folks on the front lines assist as many as 1,300 visitors a day. Members are given 5-10 minutes to speak to the group and are encouraged to bring handouts, samples or door prizes. Presentation slots are limited. Contact the Visitor Services Director to check availability.
Held quarterly, this presentation is great for new members as well as those who may have new employees not yet familiar with Visit Anchorage's benefits. It's also an opportunity to get to know staff and find out which leads and marketing promotions best suit your business.
Seymour Awards Banquet
A highlight of the year, a gala black-tie optional event that honors industry leaders and volunteers. This fun-filled event is the largest gathering of Visit Anchorage members.
Frontline Tradeshow and Ongoing Training
This opportunity is perfect for frontline staff of shops, hotels, and restaurants, along with visitor information, tour guides, and bus drivers. Learn more about what tours and activities are available, allowing you to better serve visitors to Anchorage - your customers. The Frontline Tradeshow is held in the Dena'ina Center. Featuring more than 90 vendors each spring, it's the best opportunity to get your company's frontline staff up to speed on all the offerings in and around Anchorage before the season begins. In recent years, Visit Anchorage has also hosted a winter edition of the Frontline Tradeshow to better prepare businesses to help their customers enjoy winter too. The winter Frontline Tradeshow is typically held in conjunction with a Visit Anchorage membership luncheon.
There are many other ways Visit Anchorage can help prepare your staff to help guests and provide the best service to customers - other training opportunities and outreach continue year-round.