Xanterra: Next Glacier Natl. Park Concessioner

August 14, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Xanterra: Next Glacier Natl. Park Concessioner

Glacier National Park’s longtime concessioner will be replaced starting next year.

The National Park Service selected Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc. to provide visitor services in Glacier National Park for the next 16 years, the Daily Interlake, Kalispell, Mont., reported.

The decision announced Tuesday (Aug. 13) means an end to the concessions work for Glacier Park Inc., which has held the Glacier contract since 1981.

Glacier Park Inc. President Cindy Ognjanov said the news was a “big shock.”

“Obviously we’re very disappointed. We thought we had a good proposal,” Ognjanov said. “We do wish [Xanterra] well.”

The park concessions contract is worth approximately $18.5 million in yearly gross receipts, according to a news release from the park service.

The new contract is anticipated to begin in January 2014.

Xanterra now will be responsible for concession operations at five lodging locations, 10 food and beverage locations and eight retail locations, plus road-based tours, Red Bus maintenance and other services in the park.

This fall, Xanterra is expected to work with Glacier Park Inc. during a transition period.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc. provides visitor services in national and state parks across the country, including Yellowstone, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Rocky Mountain and Zion national parks and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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