- To examine current National Parks Service (NPS) concessions policies.
- To look at potential solutions for increasing revenue and attendance at national parks.
- NPS was established in 1916 and oversees many prominent tourist attractions across the U.S.
- Many essential components of national parks such as campgrounds, lodging, or food service are contracted out to private companies known as concessioners, rather than run by NPS itself.
- Concessioners employ over 25,000 people within the national parks system and provide more than $1 billion in goods and services to visitors every year.
- NPS faces an $11.49 billion maintenance backlog.NPS concession laws and policy may contribute to this backlog and keep the NPS from maximizing the visitor experience at national parks across the country.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Lena McDowell||Chief Financial Officer for the National Park Service||U.S. Department of the Interior||Document|
|Alex Klein||Vice President & General Manager||Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Company||Document|
|Terry MacRae||Chairman & Chief Executive Officer||Hornblower Tours (Alcatraz and Statue of Liberty)||Document|
|Chris Belland||Chairman & Chief Executive Officer||Historic Tours of America||Document|