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Xanterra Parks & Resorts Selected To Provide Lodging, Retail, And Other Visitor Services In Yellowstone

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Date: February 26, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2013            13-013    

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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Xanterra Parks & Resorts Selected To Provide Lodging, Retail, And Other Visitor Services In Yellowstone

The National Park Service has selected Xanterra Parks & Resorts to provide a wide range of visitor services in Yellowstone National Park for the next two decades.

The contract covers lodging, retail sales, restaurants, and many other services provided to visitors to Yellowstone.

The new 20-year contract includes a 4.5-percent franchise fee and a 6-percent repair and maintenance reserve account. 

The contract also requires an estimated $134.5 million investment in facilities improvements. Roughly half of the money will be invested in redevelopment of lodging at Canyon. The current cabins, which were constructed as temporary facilities in the 1960s, are in poor condition. Other projects include renovation of the Fishing Bridge RV Park, continued 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.

Work on these facility improvement projects is scheduled to begin in 2014 and to be completed by 2018.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts holds the current contract to provide these services, which began in December 2005 and expires at the end of November 2013. The company reported gross receipts of approximately $89 million for calendar year 2011.

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Fishing Bridge.

You cannot fish from Fishing Bridge. Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area. It is now a popular place to observe fish.