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News Release: Award of Hospitality Contract on South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

September 10, 2015

 Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has announced the award of a concession contract to Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.  Xanterra will provide lodging, food services, retail, transportation, mule rides, and other services on the South Rim.      

Xanterra, the incumbent operator, submitted the selected offer in response to a prospectus issued earlier this year.  Superintendent Uberuaga stated “We are pleased to continue our long relationship with this important park partner, and we look forward to working together to implement some exciting improvements to services on the South Rim.” 

The new 15 year contract is one of the largest in the National Park Service (NPS) in terms of revenue and lodging inventory. The services required in this prospectus have generated an average of approximately $66 million in gross revenues annually.  New services will include a re-constructed Maswik South Lodge, improved food offerings including food trucks, and other improvements to operations and services. 

This historic lodging and hospitality contract (CC-GRCA001-15) will include lodging, retail and food service in the historic Grand Canyon Village including the El Tovar, Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird and Kachina Lodges, Maswik Lodge and Phantom Ranch, as well as retail and food service at Hermits Rest.  It will also continue to include transportation services such as bus tours, taxi service and mule rides. 

Concessions contracts are developed and issued under the authority of the Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, P.L. 105-391, and its attending regulations in 36 CFR §51.