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Yellowstone Invites Bids To Provide Lodging, Retail, And Other Visitor Services

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Date: May 18, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2012              12-030   

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Invites Bids To Provide Lodging, Retail, And Other Visitor Services

The National Park Service has released a prospectus soliciting competitive proposals from businesses interested in providing a wide range of visitor services in Yellowstone National Park.

This concessions contract covers lodging, retail sales, restaurants, and many other visitor services which are currently provided by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, under a contract which expires at the end of November 2013.

In return for a 20-year contract, the successful bidder will be required to invest an estimated $134.5 million in facilities improvements. They include redevelopment of lodging at Canyon, renovation of the Fishing Bridge RV Park, Phase II of the renovation of the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, construction of new concession employee housing at Lake and Old Faithful, rehabilitation of the Mammoth Haynes Photo Shop, and changes necessary to provide year-round lodging at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

The contract will also require the successful bidder to spend an additional 6-percent of gross revenues on repair and maintenance of assigned facilities, and pay a franchise fee of 4.3-percent or 6.8-percent to the park, depending on other agreed upon contract terms. The current contract holder reported gross receipts of approximately $90 million for calendar year 2011.

An electronic copy of the prospectus and additional information including details of a site visit for potential bidders is available online at http://www.concessions.nps.gov/yell077-13.htm.

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