The National Park Service Tourism Program maintains a constructive dialogue and engagement effort with the domestic and international travel and tourism sector by participating in industry conferences and meetings, sharing policy updates and news, and providing on-line resources and information for the travel trade.
2018 Travel Trade Event ParticipationThe National Park Service participates in a selection of travel industry events annually in order to meet with operators, destinations, and other stakeholders and discuss policy, regulations, priorities, special events, and more. Look for National Park Service representatives at the following industry events:
- Go West Summit - Salt Lake City, January 2018
- American Bus Association's Marketplace - Charlotte, January 2018
- International Inbound Travel Association - Portland, February 2018
- National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations - Philadelphia, February 2018
- IPW Travel Show - Denver, May 2018
- Travel & Tourism Research Association Conference - Miami, June 2018
- La Cita de las Americas - Fort Lauderdale, September 2018
- American Indian Tourism Conference - Albuquerque, September 2018
- Travel and Tourism Marketing Outlook Forum - Las Vegas, October 2018
Resources and Information for Travel Trade and MediaCheck here often for updates and new resources. Do you have a suggestion for a type of information you would like to see here? Let us know via the Contact Us link below.
- In April 2018, the National Park Service announced changes to entry fees for independent travelers and commercial operators as well as changes to fees and requirements for commercial use authorizations.
- Tour operators are encouraged to research the NPS website for ideas for developing tours, packages, and itineraries. There are thousands of opportunities throughout the national park system and beyond, including national heritage areas, natural and historic landmarks, national trails, and heritage travel itineraries. Additional resources include Plan Your Visit, Trip Ideas, Travel Tips, infomation about Accessibility, Active Alerts in parks, park getaways, and Park Passes.
- The NP Gallery is a comprehensive library of thousands of National Park Service images, videos, and more. Many are in the public domain and available for commercial use. Please review the use rights of individual files.
- The National Park Service uses commercial use authorizations (CUAs) to regulate commercial activities and visitor services. To learn more about a park's CUA program, choose from the interactive map available here.
- For travel and tourism digital developers: The National Park Service provides authoritative data and content for app, map, and web developers via an application programming interface.
- For travel and tourism media specialists: The National Park Service provides story resources including News, Story Ideas, and Facts & Figures.
- Online reservations for some tours and campgrounds, along with information about other public lands and waters, are available at Recreation.gov.
- Help keep park visitors (and your customers) safe with the information in the NPS Trip Planning Guide.
- Statistics and data: The National Park Service Social Science Program provides park visitation data, analysis of visitor spending effects, and more.