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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Oct. 27

This week: Havasupai Tribe announces rebuilding plans for flash flood damage in Grand Canyon, third annual Art of Food & Wine festival in Palm Desert, and Zion Lodge at Zion National Park sets fall, winter rate packages

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Grand Canyon's Battered Havasupai Unveil Recovery Plan

The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona has announced a comprehensive Economic Recovery Plan to rebuild following the devastating August 2008 flash floods in the Grand Canyon that wiped out their economic infrastructure.

The plan is partly based upon a $1 million contribution made by the California-based San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians that was announced Oct. 23.

Supai is an extremely popular tourist destination visited by thousands of people that enjoy hiking, camping and swimming in the towering waterfalls located deep in the Grand Canyon. Supai is closed until at least spring 2009 because of the damage.

The floods damaged the walking and hiking trails, which left only one way to access the grounds: via helicopter. The Havasupai tribe was forced to shut down its tourism business, the main economic base for its people, resulting in no jobs and no revenues for the community.

"Today, with the generous donation from our tribal brothers and sisters from San Manuel, our effort to rebuild Supai and re-establish our economic base has new hope," said Don Watahomigie, Chairman of Havasupai Tribe of Arizona. "Our people are eager to see the day when visitors can return to Supai and experience one of the most beautiful places on earth. We are grateful to have the opportunity now to launch our recovery plan as we wait for the Government to do its part to help us recover from the floods."

The Havasupai, a 650-member tribe living in the Grand Canyon, received national attention in August when flooding forced them to evacuate their land and resulted in their economic infrastructure being wiped out.

For more information on the Havasupai Tribe visit its web site at

Food & Wine Celebration in the California Desert

The third annual Art of Food & Wine Palm Desert takes place Nov. 6-9, 2008 in California's Coachella Valley and Palm Springs area. Learn from celebrity chefs Rick Tramonto, Sara Moulton, Joanne Weir, The Hearty Boys, Ben Ford, David Rosengarten, Tommy Tang and others as they create culinary magic before your eyes.

Several multi-event packages are being offered, including: All-Access Weekend Pass for only $310 ($100 savings), Weekend Pass with Golf for only $535 ($150 savings), and Two-Event Ticket Package for only $175 ($40 savings). Individual tickets are also available with a 10 percent discount by using promo code CTTC. Visit the festival website at
www.artoffoodandwine.com for more details on special accommodation and ticket packages available through several local resorts and hotels.

Zion National Park's Zion Lodge Sets Fall, Winter Packages

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of Zion Lodge in Utah's Zion National Park, has announced its lineup of special fall and winter special offers and is also introducing its "March into Spring" 2009 special offer.

Zion Lodge will again offer the popular "Awe-some Autumn" promotion. Guests staying two consecutive nights from Nov. 1-24, 2008 will receive a 50 percent discount on the second night. Rates at Zion Lodge start at $153.35 for a standard room with two people. The rates do not include taxes or gratuities.

"March into Spring" is the same as the "Awe-some Autumn" offer but is offered March 16-31, 2009. Guests should mention the promotion code "AUTUMN" when making reservations for the "Awe-some Autumn and "SPRING" for the "March into Spring." These offers are not available to groups or combinable with other discounts or special offers.

From Dec. 1, 2008 through March 15, 2009, travelers can experience the park's winter season at special "Zion in Winter" rates. The nightly rate for a Sunday-through-Thursday stay is $80 for a standard room, $90 for a western cabin and $110 for a suite. On Fridays and Saturdays, the rate is $95 for a standard room, $105 for a western cabin and $125 for a suite.

The rates are $10 higher than weekend rates during the holiday periods of Dec. 23-30, 2008 and Feb. 13-15, 2009 The "Zion in Winter" rate is based on double occupancy and does not include taxes or gratuities. Each additional person in the room is $10. This offer is not available on Dec. 31, 2008. Guests should mention the promotion code "WNTR" when making reservations.

Packages can be booked online with the applicable promotion code or by following the link to the promotions page at
www.zionlodge.com or by calling (303) 29-PARKS or toll-free at (888) 29-PARKS.