Shiprock to get its first hotel
Posted at: 10/18/2012 11:04 AM
By: The Associated Press
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The town of Shiprock will finally be able to offer visitors a place to stay.
The Daily Times reports the Shiprock Chapter announced earlier this week its approval of a 25-year lease for the construction of a 50-room hotel.
Chapter Vice-President Donald Benally says the town has been waiting 40 years for its own hotel.
The lodging will include an adjacent restaurant and a swimming pool. The Shiprock Chapter has struggled for years to lure tourists for overnight visits because of the lack of hotels.
Farmington restaurant owner Rong An Chen is overseeing the $2.8 million project. Chen says construction will likely be delayed for another year. Shiprock officials say the hotel and restaurant will be leased from the Navajo Nation.
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