• Dave Harmon, PW editor

US NP concessionaires seek federal help to weather coronavirus business collapse; Xanterra shutters

Concessionaires who run lodges, restaurants, inns, climbing expeditions, river trips, and other recreational operations in national parks have asked the White House to provide financial assistance to deal with the falloff in tourism to the National Park System due to the coronavirus pandemic. Their requests range from a waiver of franchise fees paid to the parks to a two-year extension of current contracts.

On Thursday, a major parks concessionaire, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, announced that it was closing all of its park lodges as of Friday through late May because of the virus.

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