The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Aramark as the new concessioner for Yosemite National Park, the company has announced. Under the 15-year contract, scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016, Aramark will manage Yosemite’s hospitality programs encompassing lodging, food and beverage, retail, recreational and transportation services.
Yosemite is the NPS’ largest single concessions contract, with FY2014 gross receipts of $132 million, and is currently held by Delaware North Park Services.
“We are honored the National Park Service has selected us to serve as concessioner for Yosemite National Park,” said Bruce Fears, president of Aramark’s Leisure division, in a statement accompanying the announcement. “The NPS is a longtime and valued partner and we look forward to enhancing Yosemite’s guest experience with a variety of distinctive hospitality and service offerings and educational and interpretive programming. Yosemite is one of America’s most treasured resources and important natural preserves and we are excited to work with the NPS as a steward of the park’s rich history and to help shape its legacy moving forward.”
Aramark currently operates at 16 other national, state and local parks. Yosemite will be the company’s ninth contract with the NPS, joining sites like Denali National Park & Preserve and Glacier Bay Park & Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, Olympic National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Other venues where Aramark Leisure operates include Gettysburg National Military Park, Historic Philadelphia, Hearst Castle, The Field Museum, Pikes Peak and the U.S. Mint.
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