New firm set to run Yosemite park sites in $2 billion deal

Jun 17, 2015 4:20 PM by News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Officials at Yosemite National Park say they have selected a new company to run hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities under the park system's largest single contract for services.

Ranger Scott Gediman said Wednesday that Aramark is being offered the 15-year contract valued at $2 billion. If the deal is approved, Aramark would replace Delaware North of New York on March 1, the day after the old contract expires.

Delaware North has run Yosemite's concessions since 1993, but Gediman says visitors shouldn't expect big changes. The company didn't immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

Aramark would operate the Ahwahnee Hotel, several shops, campsites and the Badger Pass Ski Resort. The company holds contracts at eight other national parks.

The park celebrates its 125th anniversary this year and attracts about 4 million visitors annually.

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