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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. Delaware North spokeswoman Lisa Cesaro said the company is disappointed it wasn’t selected but expects a smooth transition.

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

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


This story has been corrected to show that Aramark holds contracts at six other national parks, not eight.