Grand Canyon West attracted 1 millionth visitor of the year
Two Russian tourists receive complimentary Skywalk experience
KINGMAN – Grand Canyon West notched its 1 millionth visitor for the second year in a row, and is on track to set a tourism record with more than a month remaining in the year.
The numbers are skyrocketing at Grand Canyon Skywalk, the Hualapai Lodge and other Grand Canyon West tourism spots, said Damon Clarke, chairman of the Hualapai Tribal Council.
Final attendance for 2016 is expected to top 1.1 million visitors, another double-digit increase over the previous year. Last year’s numbers were up 13 percent from 2014.
The millionth visitor checked in Nov. 14, about five weeks before last year’s millionth visitor, who was celebrated on Dec. 21.
The lucky visitors this year were Anna Smirnova and Oxana Karaseva, who were touring the West Rim from Russia. They were treated to a complimentary Skywalk experience, helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, horseback ride and pontoon ride along the Colorado River.
“To have another record-breaking year in 2016 on top of last year’s record is very special for Grand Canyon West and our team members,” Clarke said.
“Skywalk continues to flourish and get better as we improve the visitors’ center and add new restaurant and event space.”
Clarke said the Hualapai Tribe has “big plans” for Grand Canyon West, and wants to make sure that every guest has the visit of a lifetime.
Grand Canyon West, operated by Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, is owned by the Hualapai Tribe.
GCRC oversees operations of Grand Canyon Skywalk, Hualapai River Runners, Hualapai Ranch, Walapai Market and the Hualapai Lodge.