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Park Service announces business opportunity for hospitality contract

The new 15-year contract is one of the largest in the National Park Service (NPS) in terms of revenue and lodging inventory. Photo/WGCN

The new 15-year contract is one of the largest in the National Park Service (NPS) in terms of revenue and lodging inventory. Photo/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has announced the availability of a prospectus for a business opportunity in the park, to provide lodging, food services, retail, transportation, mule rides, and other services on the South Rim.

This business opportunity is similar to solicitation CC-GRCA001-15A, announced on March 11, with the exception that the first leasehold surrender interest has been lowered to approximately $57 million, and the franchise fee has been adjusted to 14 percent.

The new 15-year contract is one of the largest in the National Park Service (NPS) in terms of revenue and lodging inventory. The gross revenue for the services required in this prospectus has generated an average of approximately $66.1 million.

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.

The historic Desert View Watchtower, which is currently operated as a gift shop, will be transferred to the NPS and will remain open to the public.

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.

A one-day site visit is scheduled for August 20, to allow interested parties an opportunity to see the facilities. To attend the site visit, pre-registration is required by contacting Laura Shearin, Grand Canyon National Park, Concessions Management Specialist, at (928) 638-7351 with the name of your company, a contact phone number, mailing address, email address, and the number of people attending from your organization. The Park Service will close registration on Aug. 18 at 4 p.m.

All interested parties are encouraged to apply and submit a responsive proposal to the prospectus. These new opportunities are being advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities web site, www.fbo.gov. Copies of the prospectus will be available online at www.concessions.nps.gov/prospectuses.htm.

The Intermountain Regional Office must receive responsive proposals by Oct. 8. More information is available from Jennifer Parker, Chief of Concessions, Intermountain Region at (303) 969-2661.

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