The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau launched the Enjoy Aurora Discounts program as a way to support visiting youth and amateur athletic teams and tour groups.
Aurora Area CVB Marketing Director James Cardis said the program was designed to connect these groups with locally owned businesses for discounts on retail and restaurants, as well as services like auto repair.
“Given the current climate for tourism, we are pivoting the program to support locals seeking opportunities to save on shopping and dining, and provide greater exposure to the businesses and attractions that support the hospitality industry,” he said.
How It Works
The program is free for businesses and shoppers to use. Activating the discounts is as simple as texting the term EnjoyAurora to 223344.
A message will be returned with an image and a link, which then opens on a user’s phone where they can scroll through available offerings.
Businesses can sign up to be included at no expense. Art will be produced on your behalf and your business will be included in the program free of charge.
Discounts are currently available at 20 venues throughout the ten communities of the CVB’s service area, which includes the communities of Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Sugar Grove, and Yorkville.
“We would like to expand that number, and that’s where you come in, Cardis said in a news release today (Monday, Sept. 21, 2020).
The Aurora Area CVB has planned a series of webinars for attractions, restaurants, retailers, and service-oriented businesses relevant to the tourism and hospitality industry to learn more about the program.
“When travel resumes, we’ll be ready to make these discounts available to the groups that visit the region for leisure, sports, weddings, and group tours, driving overnight stays at Aurora Area hotels,” Cardis said.
Webinars for businesses interested in participating will be available:
- at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Click here for tickets.
- at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. Click here for tickets.
- at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Click here for tickets.
- at noon Friday, Oct. 2. Click here for tickets.
RSVP links are included below — these link out to EventBrite listings for each date, where you can sign up for the date and time that works best for you.
For more information on the Enjoy Aurora Discounts program, contact Cardis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 630-256-3193. Or contact Fox Valley eValues & Deals owner Susan Huang at email@example.com or 630-247-7516.
SOURCE: Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau news release