Denali Announces Selection for Largest Transportation, Visitor Services Contract

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Date: November 12, 2015
Contact: Jim LeBel, 907.683.6390

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture (JV), to provide transportation, bus tour, retail, food and beverage, camping and other services under a new 10-year concession contract at Denali National Park and Preserve.

The JV is a current concessioner at Denali under a contract which expires at the end of this year.

Denali is among the most-visited national parks in Alaska, with more than 500,000 visitors each year. The JV will operate the fleet of buses that transport visitors into the interior of the park and serve the entrance area. More than 300,000 people ride the various bus systems every summer between late May - mid-September. The JV will also operate food service facilities in the park’s entrance area, campgrounds, and other smaller services for visitors.

"We are excited to select Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture as the concessioner to provide transportation and related services to visitors at Denali National Park and Preserve. We look forward to continuing this successful relationship with JV and working to ensure all visitors have high quality experiences at the park," according to Bert Frost, Alaska Regional Director of the NPS.

A panel of technical experts selected the JV based on its response to key improvements desired by park management. For the visitor, this will mean enhanced services, including reservation upgrades, greater reliability in bus performance and greener operations from alternate-fuel powered buses and a re-energized recycling program. Park officials and JV management will work to finalize the deal and release details of the new contract in the coming months.

Aramark is also a lodging and tour boat concessions operator at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Learn more about concessions contracts in the NPS.

Last updated: November 12, 2015

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