YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park will have a new primary concessioner tomorrow, Mar. 1. Yosemite Hospitality LLC begins its 15-year contract to provide lodging, retail, recreational services, and food to over four million annual visitors to Yosemite. Yosemite Hospitality LLC was selected to be the park’s new primary concessioner in June 2015, following a competitive bid process.
“This is a new era in Yosemite and we are very excited to welcome Yosemite Hospitality LLC as the new primary concessioner in Yosemite National Park,” says park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “We would like to thank Delaware North Companies for their exceptional service to Yosemite’s visitors over the course of their contract in Yosemite National Park.”
The National Park Service continues to work very closely with Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yosemite and Yosemite Hospitality LLC to ensure a seamless transition for park visitors, say officials. They anticipate very minimal, if any, disruption to services within the park as the concession contract transition occurs.
There are many moving parts in such a large concession operation and the park kindly requests patience from visitors should they encounter any disruption during this unprecedented transition.
With the issue of Delaware North’s claim to the trademarks of several iconic buildings and landmarks still working its way through the courts, the park is implementing name changes that may or may not become permanent.
“We are committed to keeping the park and all its facilities open for our visitors,” say park officials. “In order to prevent any interruption in visitor services, the names of several buildings and facilities within the park will be renamed on March 1st to avoid trademark infringements.”
The name changes will impact several iconic buildings and landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Those names include:
- Yosemite Lodge at the Falls to become: Yosemite Valley Lodge
- The Ahwahnee Hotel to become: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
- Curry Village to become: Half Dome Village
- Wawona Hotel to become: Big Trees Lodge
- Badger Pass Ski Area to become: Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area
Yosemite National Park celebrated its 125th Anniversary last year. The park welcomes over four million visitors from all over the world each year and serves as a strong economic engine for the region and local communities. Yosemite National Park generates $535 million in economic benefit to the local region and directly supports 6,261. The park is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, and iconic rock formations such as Half Dome and El Capitan. The park also features approximately 90 different species of mammals and over 1500 species of flowering plants.
With the addition of Yosemite, Aramark now has nine concessions contracts with the NPS across seven national parks.
Yosemite National Park
Denali National Park & Preserve
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Mesa Verde National Park
Olympic National Park
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Other Notable Recreation Areas and Day Parks/Attractions:
Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest
Grand Canyon National Park
Olympic National Forest
The Field Museum
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Gettysburg National Military Park