Hualapai Tribe hopes for better future with Skywalk

With unemployment and poverty rates high, the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is hoping a new business venture will create opportunities for the future.

The tribe is opening the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a $30 million structure that will give tourists a unique view of one of the nation's most popular natural monuments. Media attention has been heavy as the March 20 VIP opening and the March 28 public opening approaches.

The tribe believes the venture will bring more tourists to the western side of the Grand Canyon. The more popular eastern side sees more than 4 million visitors a year while the reservation only gets about 180,000.

Revenues from the Skywalk will be shared with a developer who has brought tourists to the reservation for more than a decade. Eventually, the tribe will completely own the business.

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A cloud looms over the Grand Canyon Skywalk (USA Today 3/16)
Skywalk almost ready to run (In Business Las Vegas 3/16)

Relevant Links:
Grand Canyon Skywalk - http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com
Grand Canyon West - http://www.destinationgrandcanyon.com/indexe.html
Grand Canyon - http://www.nps.gov/grca

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