NEWS RELEASE - Grand Canyon Railway by wangnianwu


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                                     WILLIAMS, Ariz. – November 3, 2011 – Grand
                                     Canyon Railway (GCR) in Williams, Ariz. offers
                                     several options for travel agents planning and
                                     booking vacations for clients traveling to the
                                     Grand Canyon and surrounding area.

                                     Grand Canyon Railway operates roundtrip train
                                     rides between the Williams Depot and Grand
                                     Canyon National Park as well as a hotel
                                     comprised of 287 rooms and an RV park. GCR
                                     also offers train/park packages and tours that
                                     can be added on to packages to showcase
                                     activities such as helicopter rides, river rafting
                                     and Jeep excursions.

For more information for travel agents and to register with GCR, go to

Here are details on travel agent-commissionable offerings from Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and RV Park

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel was designed to resemble the historic Fray Marcos Hotel
and Williams Depot structures that stand nearby. The hotel is comprised of 199
standard rooms, 87 deluxe rooms, 10 suites and one luxury suite – the Rail Baron
Suite – as well as two spacious meeting rooms available for wedding receptions,
seminars and other functions; a large courtyard with barbecue and wet bar; a game
room for children; a large enclosed crescent-shaped pool and hot tub and an
exercise room.

Rates per night are $169 for standard rooms, $189 for deluxe rooms, $219 for suites
and $349 for the Rail Baron Suite.

Grand Canyon Railway has three types of RV spaces – pull-through spaces, buddy
spaces or back-ins. All spaces are 50-amp and are large enough for big rigs. Each
space comes with cable TV, wireless Internet, shower facilities and access to the
indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the adjacent Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
Rates at the RV park are $42.

Rail Trips to the Grand Canyon

The train trip from Williams to Grand Canyon National park takes approximately two
hours and 15 minutes and runs 65 miles through ponderosa pine forests and vast
desert landscapes. The train offers four classes of service – coach, first class,
observation dome and luxury parlor.

Rates for train rides are $70 for adults and $40 for children in coach class, $140 for
adults and $110 for children in first class, $170 per adult in the observation dome
car and $190 per adult in the luxury parlor.


The most popular method for booking travel at GCR is to combine accommodations
and train travel into Railway packages. These packages can include train travel to
and from the park; accommodations at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and, depending
on the package, inside the park; some meals and motorcoach tours in the park that
showcase some of the Grand Canyon’s historic architecture and breathtaking views.

These packages range from a one-night package at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel with
train travel, breakfast and dinner to a three-night package featuring a combination of
accommodations in Williams and inside the park along with train travel, meals and
park tours. Rates for these packages range from $369 to $830 per couple. The
portions of these packages that are in-park charges such as overnight
accommodations at Maswik Lodge and motorcoach tours are not commissionable to
travel agents.

Add-On Tours

All GCR packages feature the option of adding on regional tours that feature pick-up
and drop-off service at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel or inside the park. Participants
in the tours receive a 50 percent discount on an extra night’s stay at the hotel. The
optional tours may be reserved only by calling 1-800-THE-TRAIN.

Add-on tours departing from Williams include the Grand Canyon Jeep Tour featuring
an inner canyon 22-mile tour descending 3,500 feet on the Hualapai Reservation, a
whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River and the Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife
Park. Tours departing from inside the park include the Maverick Helicopter Tour,
Bright Angel Bike Tour and Angel’s Gate Hiking Tour.

Grand Canyon Railway is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service and
the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, visit or call 1-800-
THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724).

Grand Canyon Railway is operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Xanterra also
operates lodges, restaurants and accommodations at the South Rim of Grand Canyon
National Park. For reservations inside the park and for more information go to

Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of several affiliated Xanterra entities) operates lodges,
restaurants, tours and activities at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks &
Resorts is the country’s largest park concessioner. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the
following locations: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain and Petrified
Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley
National Park, Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. and eight Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the
Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Windstar
Cruises as well as Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been committed to the preservation and protection of the environment
for many years. Through its environmental program, “Ecologix,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been
recognized repeatedly for environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of
many honors, including major awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park
Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Travel Industry Association of America, American Hotel
and Lodging Association, National Parks Conservation Association, Conde Nast Traveler, National
Geographic Traveler, Colorado Department of Public Health, State of Arizona, Arizona Department of
Environmental Quality and Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

For more information about Xanterra Parks & Resorts, links to individual properties and reservations
numbers, visit

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Media contact:
Mesereau Public Relations

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