Global hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North has acquired the Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn, according to a press release.
Located in Tusayan, Arizona, just 7 miles from the South Rim entrance of Grand Canyon National Park, the 322-room hotel and resort will be renamed the Squire Resort at the Grand Canyon and will remain affiliated with the Best Western Premier brand before transitioning to the Best Western Signature Collection later this year.
This marks Delaware North’s second hotel in or near Grand Canyon National Park, where the company also operates Yavapai Lodge, Trailer Village RV Park, and several general stores for the National Park Service.
In Tusayan, Delaware North operates the Tusayan General Store, which includes a Starbucks location. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Scott Socha, Delaware North’s group president of its Parks and Resorts division and Australia business, said excitement about expanding the company’s lodging presence at the Grand Canyon.
He also emphasized Delaware North’s dedication to the destination and noted the company’s focus on providing authentic outdoor recreation and hospitality experiences for travelers worldwide.
In addition to the hotel, the resort boasts five food and beverage offerings, including Coronado, a fine-dining restaurant, and Squire Pub, a casual eatery, along with a banquet facility. The property also features both an indoor and outdoor pool, a fully equipped fitness center, a bowling and arcade area and employee housing.
The Squire Resort at the Grand Canyon, recently acquired by Delaware North, is located in an ideal spot for tourists visiting the national park. The resort is located just 7 miles from the South Rim entrance, providing easy access to popular attractions such as Desert View, the Trail of Time, Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and other sightseeing opportunities.
The resort will be operated by Delaware North’s Parks and Resorts division, which owns and operates hotels, luxury cabins, and other lodging experiences, primarily in and near national and state parks and cultural attractions.
The division’s portfolio includes nearly 25 lodging locations across the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, representing more than 3,000 units.
In addition to lodging, the company also operates food, beverage, and retail services, recreational activities, and educational programming at several locations, including the exclusive and award-winning Lizard Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Delaware North, a global hospitality and entertainment company, has continued to expand its presence in the parks and lodging sector with the acquisition of the Squire Inn.
This follows the company’s acquisition of Nova Guides, a full-service outdoor recreation and adventure tour company in Colorado. This acquisition made Delaware North one of the largest operators of winter outdoor recreation and adventure tours in the United States.
In April 2022, Delaware North also completed construction on and opened the Courtyard by Marriott Titusville – Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the closest hotel to the Kennedy Space Center’s launch pads and visitor complex.
Socha said that the company is focused on a growth strategy that involves building its portfolio of owned assets to complement its contract hospitality business.
Delaware North, a global hospitality and entertainment industry leader, has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and responsible stewardship through its proprietary GreenPath platform. This platform helps the company to organize and accelerate its efforts to reduce its environmental impact.