Led by Southside hostel The Crash Pad, local businesses are pooling resources in efforts to put Chattanooga on the national stage and highlight its outdoor recreational gems with an adventure trip giveaway.
-Guided day of climbing from Rocky Top Climbing Guides
-Introductory hang gliding package from Lookout Mountain Flight School
-One session of stand-up paddle board yoga from Waconda Bay
-Urban Stack, $35
-Taco Mamacita, $35
-Easy Bistro, $75
-St. John’s, The Meeting Place or Alleia, $75
-212 Market, $75
-Bluegrass Grill, free breakfast for two
Track 29, Bike Chattanooga:
-A voucher for a pair of tickets to Track 29
-Free use of Bike Chattanooga’s bikes
“We’ve just launched a new promotion in an effort to generate more hype for Chattanooga and its local businesses,” manager of The Crash Pad Al Smith said. “As a grand prize for an online photo essay contest, we’re offering a four-day, three-night grand adventure to our fair city.”
The nationwide contest is free to enter, and the winner gets a quintessentially Chattanooga experience worth more than $3,000, Smith said.
From rock climbing and hang gliding to meals at local places, such as Urban Stack, St. Johns, Lupi’s, 212 Market and Easy Bistro, the organizers want to highlight some of the area’s best businesses and activities and draw national attention to them.
“A variety of local businesses have teamed with us to offer daily activities, comped meals at our favorite restaurants, tickets to Track 29, a three-day stay with us here at The Crash Pad and tickets to all of our local attractions,” he said.
Dave Santucci, vice president of marketing for the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the contest is a good marketing tool for the city and local businesses.
The visitors center has contributed a VIP downtown attraction pass good for more than 25 attractions and valued at more than $1,000, Smith said.
In addition to getting attention for the Scenic City-more recently dubbed Gig City-the contest allows local officials to stay connected with those who enter and develop a long-term relationship with potential customers, Santucci said.
Another local company, Delegator, is sponsoring the event, and its leaders donated $1,000 for marketing the contest.
Delegator leaders said their goal is to support the The Crash Pad team, who are creative, entrepreneurial Chattanoogans.
“Chattanooga’s received national and international honors recently, and we feel that this contest is a great way to build on that recognition and give people around the country the opportunity to experience our city in person,” Andrew Scarbrough, co-founder and vice president of operations at Delegator.com, said.