Xanterra Parks & Resorts is suing the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) over contracts associated to Xanterra’s longtime operations of concessions on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Xanterra is alleging “arbitrary and capricious actions” on the part of NPS for its “surprise” announcement in August 2013 that it would bid out some of the operations along the south rim. Competitor Delaware North Cos. was awarded some of those contracts.
Xanterra says the NPS’s actions will lead to fewer visits, whilst alterations in accommodations operations would force a number of Xanterra workers to be evicted.
The business mentioned it has invested more than $ 200 million in capital improvements at the park.
An NPS representative wsaid that the agency won’t comment on pending litigation.
Xanterra, formerly the Fred Harvey Co., began railroad service to the Grand Canyon in 1905, a dozen years just before it was designated a national park. These days, the organization is controlled by billionaire Philip Anschutz. In addition to operating concessions in numerous national parks, Xanterra owns hotels and Windstar Cruises.