New Firm Set to Run Yosemite Park Sites in $2 Billion Deal

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DNC Out and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC In as National Park Service Awards Yosemite National Park Primary Concession Contract.

FRESNO, Calif. FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Officials at Yosemite National Park said Wednesday they have selected a new company to take over hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities under the national park system’s most lucrative single contract for services. The 15-year contract – the largest single concession contract in the NPS – is expected to begin on March 1, 2016, and will include overnight accommodations, food and beverage operations, retail sales, fuel sales, bike and raft rentals, and a variety of other recreational activities throughout the park. “We’re very excited about bringing on Aramark to operate our primary concessions,” stated Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher. “Aramark brings tremendous resources to the table and has extensive experience in operating concessions at many other national parks. We believe they’ll be a great partner with us at Yosemite as we work to implement the vision of the Merced River Plan.” Aramark has gross revenues of $14.8 billion and employs more than 270,000 employees in 21 countries and currently holds eight other NPS contracts with gross revenues of over $110 million in 2013, including concessions at Lake Mead and Glen Canyon National Recreation Areas, as well as Mesa Verde, Olympic, Denali, and Glacier Bay National Parks. Spokeswoman Lisa Cesaro said in a statement the company is disappointed it didn’t win a renewed contract but expects a smooth transition. “Under the new contract, we’re not expecting big changes to operations,” Gediman said.

The contract has been sent to Aramark for signature and, once signed, will be transmitted to Congress for a 60-day notice period as stipulated by law. Yosemite offered the contract to Aramark before resolving a dispute over the value of the names of landmarks such as the hotel and village and a “Go Climb a Rock” logo depicting the famed Half Dome formation. Since 1998, with the passage of an act reforming concessions management, issuance of most concession contracts generally became subject to fair and open competition with no preferential right of renewal for the incumbent and bids are evaluated and awarded via a competitive process. Freireich said the company plans to enhance the experience for the estimated 4 million annual visitors by expanding programs and upgrading park amenities. UNDATED (AP) — CVS drugstores are getting health and beauty makeovers and a shot of ethnic diversity in some cases to attract customers who want more than a prescription refill.

The purpose of the prospectus process is to solicit the opportunity for the operation of services and facilities to interested parties competitively and find the best offer that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of the contract. A: The Existing Contract was originally set to expire on September 30, 2008 and has been extended and continued since that time, due mainly to litigation over the Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan. TORONTO (AP) — A global airline association has scrapped its recommendation to reduce the size of carry-on bags by 20 percent for air travelers after an “intense” response in North America.

The prospectus incorporated key components of the final MRP, including the types of visitor facilities and services that could be included in the Contract and where each would be located. A: An evaluation panel, made up of NPS employees and technical advisors, analyzed the proposals received and provided a recommendation to the Director for the selected Offeror. The Concessioner must obtain NPS written approval for any construction, including rehabilitation, taking place on Concession Facilities within the Park. The Contract also authorizes the Concessioner to operate a shuttle circulating between Olmsted Point overlook and Tuolumne Meadows and a shuttle from Yosemite Valley to Badger Pass.

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