Glacier National Park awards contract to Xanterra

AP News
Posted: Aug 13, 2013 7:42 PM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Park Service has awarded Xanterra Parks and Resorts Inc. a 16-year contract to provide concession services in Glacier National Park.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann said Tuesday Xanterra won the competitive bidding process for the contract held by Glacier Park Inc. since 1981.

The Colorado-based Xanterra will provide lodging, food, retail, transportation and other visitor services.

The contract requires Xanterra to return at least 5.85 percent of its annual gross receipts to the park serve each year as a franchise fee, for repair and maintenance and to the Red Bus Rehabilitation Reserve.

With annual gross receipts expected to be $18.5 million, that would amount to more than $1 million per year.

Germann says the contract must undergo a 60-day congressional review period. It is expected to take effect in January.