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  • Welcome to the National Park Hospitality Association!
    Partners in Parks United for America Partners in Parks United for America describes the historic role played by concessioners in national parks protecting the parks and serving their visitors for more than 100 years This informative video also covers the key challenges facing America s national parks today and the role parks concessioners can play in keeping the American people connected to their parks Explore America Explore America was produced by the National Parks Promotion Council to inspire interest in visiting America s National Parks Longer half hour and hour versions of the video produced for the U S Travel Association s International Pow Wow and the U S Department of State Special thanks is given to Xanterra Parks Resorts Finley Holiday Films the NPS and many states gateway communities and national park related businesses who contributed still and motion images Marketing Parks and The Great Outdoors To All Americans and More International Visitors Too The National Park concessioner community has wrapped up its 2014 Fall Meeting held this year in Washington D C The main thrust of the Fall Meeting was Tuesday s marketing session titled Marketing Parks and The Great Outdoors to All Americans and More International Visitors Too This meeting featured heavyweights from around the travel and tourism community discussing key topics that will affect visitation in America s Great Outdoors such as Why the Great Outdoors Sells to Today s Travellers Millennials and the Outdoors and Fortifying the Outdoor Legacy for Latino Americans The meeting was livestreamed and full video of the session is available and begins at 7 40 here To download the packet featuring speaker and responder bios as well supplemental information on organizations participating in this session click here National Park Service Announces Nine Free Admission Days in 2015 The National Park Service is inviting visitors to discover something new in a park with free admission on nine days in 2015 Those nine days are January 19 Martin Luther King Jr February 14 16 President s Day Weekend April 18 19 National Park Week s opening weekend August 25 National Park Service s 99th Birthday September 26 National Public Lands Day November 11 Veterans Day These are great opportunities for Americans to get out and enjoy fun healthy activities in their National Parks NPHA Welcomes Three New Members as Preferred Vendors The National Park Hospitality Association is very pleased to welcome Thompson Little Inc Dowdle Folk Art and Old Hickory Furniture Company as the organization s newest members Each will be a Preferred Vendor recognizing commitment to providing high levels of quality in goods and services and support for the association s mission of offering park visitors great experiences in great places NPHA is excited to welcome these three new members said NPHA Vice Chairman and chair of NPHA s Membership Committee Alex Klein We look forward to their contributions at our upcoming meeting this month and beyond as we work collectively to prepare for the next century of the National Park Service

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  • held two hearings directly focusing on concessioners and national parks Thursday July 23 Rep Cynthia Lummis R WY chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior opened her hearing by lauding NPS for leading the way on public private partnerships to serve the nation with private dollars building much of the NPS visitor infrastructure beginning in the late 1800s She noted that those public private partnerships are now emerging as key elements in the nation s surface transportation and water policies and more Rep Tom McClintock R CA chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands opened his hearing with a reference to plans to update FLREA Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act this fall and including expanding the bill beyond fee authority to key other tools like the Centennial Challenge and NAFI authority To read excerpts from prepared and written testimony click here The Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior held an oversight hearing on Modernizing the National Park Service Concession Program at 9 00am in 2154 Rayburn HOB Witnesses included Terry MacRae Hornblower Cruises Chairman NPHA read his testimony here Alex Klein Vice President and General Manager Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Company read his testimony here Chris Belland CEO Historic Tours of America read his testimony here Vicki Varela Managing Director Utah Office of Tourism Film and Global Branding NPS CFO Lena McDowell The hearing was livestreamed and can be watched here Submit your comments to the OGR Subcommittee on Interior here The Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on New and Innovative Ideas for the Next Century of Our National Parks The hearing will be held at 10 00am in 1324 Longworth HOB Witnesses included John Nau President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors L

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  • What's New at the National Park Hospitality Association
    the campaign visit traveleffect com The campaign s YouTube videos are available here Thompson Little Presents at NPHA Fall Meeting One of NPHA s newest members Thompson Little Inc introdiced themselves to the concessioner community at NPHA s 2014 Fall Meeting in Washington D C Andrew O Quinn Vice President of Thompson Little presented the food service and equipment design company laying out Thompson Little s impressive qualifications and expertise and showing how they can be effective partners with concessioners around the country To see a PDF version of Thompson Little s presentation click here For more information on Thompson Little Inc read the news release announcing their joining NPHA here NPHA Welcomes Three New Members as Preferred Vendors The National Park Hospitality Association is very pleased to welcome Thompson Little Inc Dowdle Folk Art and Old Hickory Furniture Company as the organization s newest members Each will be a Preferred Vendor recognizing commitment to providing high levels of quality in goods and services and support for the association s mission of offering park visitors great experiences in great places NPHA is excited to welcome these three new members said NPHA Vice Chairman and chair of NPHA s Membership Committee Alex Klein We look forward to their contributions at our upcoming meeting this month and beyond as we work collectively to prepare for the next century of the National Park Service To read more click here September 2014 This newsletter is also available in PDF form here In this issue 2014 Fall Meeting Registration and Reservation Deadlines Approaching Concessioner Survey Shows Support for Increased Visitation Enhanced Visitor Services NPS Centennial Campaign Moving Forward DMOs Can Reconnect Americans with the Outdoors and Boost Economies Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress to be Rescheduled NPHA Strategic Planning Spotlight on a New Associate Member National Park Service Releases Report on 2014 National Park Visitation to Date The National Park Service has released its Current Year Monthly and Annual Summary Report for June 2014 and the numbers show visitation declining for the month of June and 2014 in general June totals were down 4 65 from approximately 24 87 million visitors in 2013 to approximately 23 7 million visitors in 2014 Yearly visitation to date is down 4 4 from approximately 88 68 million visits in 2013 to approximately 84 77 million visits in 2014 The full report including visitation breakdowns for each NPS unit can be seen in pdf form here Visitor Spending in National Park Gateways Has Big Impact on Economy National park visitors contributed 26 5 billion to the nation s economy and supported almost 240 000 jobs in 2013 according to a peer reviewed report released today by National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis National parks are often the primary economic engines of many park gateway communities Jarvis said While park rangers provide interpretation of the iconic natural cultural and historic landscapes nearby communities provide our visitors with services that support hundreds of thousands of mostly local jobs National park visitation for 2013 declined by 3 2 percent compared to 2012 The 16 day government shutdown last October accounted for most of the decline National parks in the Northeast closed for Hurricane Sandy related repairs were the other significant brake on visitation Visitor spending for 2013 was down by 1 percent The number of jobs supported by visitor spending was off by 2 1 percent and the overall effect on the U S economy was 1 percent lower than the previous year due to adjustments for inflation The big picture of of national parks and their importance to the economy is clear Jarvis said Every tax dollar invested in the National Park Service returns to 10 to the U S economy because of visitor spending in gateway communities near the 401 parks of the National Park System Jarvis said visitation so far this year indicates a rebound from 2013 and he expects a steady increase as excitement grows in advance of the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service President Obama established a Centennial Initiative for the anniversary a multi year effort to invest wisely in the park system s most important assets use parks to enhance informal learning engage volunteers provide training opportunities for youth and enhance the National Park Service s ability to leverage partnerships to accomplish its mission The full 2013 Visitor Spending Effects Report can be found here Information taken from an National Park Service Press Release State of the Hispanic Consumer An interesting though not new report offers insight on Hispanic consumers The report released in Q2 of 2012 notes a number of important findings The Hispanic population is big business and is of growing economic importance Hispanics appear less interested in being assimilated into dominant U S lifestyles They appear very committed to sustaining key cultural values and practices and Even when English language competent most Hispanics prefer advertising and similar messages which are in Spanish The full report can be viewed as a pdf here Spring 2014 Newsletter This Newsletter is also available in PDF format here In this issue NPHA Holds Annual Meeting in D C March 16 19 2014 NPS Director Publicly Expresses Concern About Waning Relevancy of Parks NPHA Members in Intermountain Region Meet With NPS Leaders and The Coleman Company RentMyTent Featured at IPW Subject of New NPS Guidance Document CMAB Meeting Held in Washington Centennial Update Congress Holds Hearing on FLREA Federal Fee Legislation Concessioners Can Play a Role in Great Outdoors Month 2014 NPHA Fall Meeting Planned for Shenandoah National Park October 19 22 Grand Thoughts at the Grand Canyon Nearly 150 leaders of the American national park community gathered at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park for a five day discussion of opportunities and concerns The meeting Grand Thoughts at the Grand Canyon was organized by the National Park Hospitality Association in cooperation with Grand Canyon National Park Participants included executives of companies operating in the national parks providing overnight

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  • lands and waters by the time he or she is 11 years old Fourth graders were selected for a number of reasons Children who interact with nature and natural areas before ages 11 are more likely to have positive attitudes toward nature and the environment 4th grade is the last opportunity to capture one teacher classrooms Federal lands and waters have educational programs that serve fourth grade students Manageable logistics with elementary and afterschool programs Youngest age brackets increasingly reflect the diversity of the nation A major component of Every Kid in a Park are return visits by 4th graders and their families NPHA members will play a key role in furthering the connection forged through classroom visits by providing services and activities enjoyable by people of all ages and outdoor experience levels What Can You Do to Help Print Make computers and printers available to help kids get their paper voucher Connect Every Kid in a Park to activities you are already doing Create community wide youth group partnerships to get every kid in every public land Adopt a class school youth group or community Develop local partnerships weekend or school day efforts and common branding Host an event to get families outside Provide or seek transportation support Honor the pass at concession booths with discounts and gifts Reduce fees when a fourth grader shows his or her pass Work with local educators Engage local elected officials other dignitaries and stakeholders Encourage your city s school community to get kids outside Create a statement of support and make it public Amplify through social media marketing and website links Tell us what you are already doing with fourth graders We want to help you tell others The Every Kid in a Park program is an Administration wide effort administered in

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  • VA 22031 2290 703 849 9304 ggabrys guestservices com Bradford Hill President Evelyn Hill Inc Liberty Island New York NY 10004 212 363 3180 statue of Liberty msn com James Houser COO Parks and Resorts Delaware North Companies 40 Fountain Plaza Buffalo NY 14202 716 858 5422 jhouser dncinc com Alex Klein Vice President General Manager Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Company PO Box 250 Moran WY 83013 307 543 3500 aklein gtlc com Terry MacRae CEO Hornblower Cruises Events Pier 3 on the Embarcadero Hornblower Landing San Francisco CA 94111 415 438 8341 tmacrae hornblower com Rex Maughan Chairman Forever Resorts 7501 E McCormick Parkway Scottsdale AZ 85258 480 998 8888 delkins foreverliving com Jim McCaleb Vice President Parks North Xanterra Parks Resorts P O Box 165 Yellowstone National Park WY 82190 307 344 5209 jmccaleb xanterra com Carol Metzler Director Gettysburg Tours Inc 302 York Street Gettysburg PA 17325 717 337 1046 feltyco mindspring com Pam Pitts Vice President California Parks Company 2150 Main Street Suite 5 Red Bluff CA 96080 530 529 1512 pkpitts calparksco com John Schoppmann Exec Vice President Forever Resorts 7501 E McCormick Parkway Scottsdale AZ 85258 480 998 7199 ext 4645

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  • Guide Contact Park Partners 2014 and Beyond About NPHA Find a Concessioner Concessioners play an important role in supporting this experience by providing park visitors with lodging transportation food services shops and other facilities and services The National Park Service works closely with concessioners to uphold high standards of committment and excellence Click here for the full list of NPHA member concessioners To see the full list of National Park

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  • 2016 Annual Meeting
    on Monday March 14 with a reception overlooking the Potomac River and downtown Washington Formal meetings begin Tuesday morning with the NPHA annual meeting and election of Board members with afternoon sessions including a discussion with key NPS officials Dinner that evening will be at a special location with key NPHA friends Wednesday will include a legal issues session updates from the NPF NPS Centennial Team updates on Find Your Park and recreation gov sessions on pending legislation and more Wednesday evening will include a dinner with special guests focusing on 2016 federal elections Thursday s half day session will be an action session for key NPHA members Lodging is available at Key Bridge Marriott 1401 Lee Highway Arlington VA 22209 during and for several days before and after the NPHA meeting NPHA members and meeting participants are offered a special rate of 229 plus taxes and fees Reservations must be made by February 21 through Marriott s PassKey system which can be accessed at https resweb passkey com Resweb do mode welcome ei new eventID 14484740 Room availability in DC for our dates is very limited Act now Transportation Excellent transportation access to the Key Bridge Marriott is available through Ronald Reagan Washington National 5 miles Washington Dulles 24 miles and Baltimore Washington International 37 miles Airports as well as AMTRAK service to Union Station 5 miles METRO is 3 blocks away Rosslyn Station Registration Fee 525 for NPHA Regular Members initial participant 475 for NPHA Regular Members subsequent participants 525 for NPHA Associate Members 250 for guests and spouses attending only social functions 800 for non members 150 for Federal employees limited meals Send registration form and payment by check payable to National Park Hospitality Association Registration by credit card can be arranged administrative fee applies Please send

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  • parks issues visible after the Centennial celebrations conclude We will explore how we can achieve important synergies from new Centennial legislative authorities from Find Your Park from the new Robert Redford narrated movie commissioned by Brand USA from the consequences of outreach to America s 4th graders through Every Kid in a Park and from new awareness of the economic importance of our parks regionally and internationally Details Our meeting will officially begin on Sunday morning November 8 although pre meetings and an informal welcoming reception are planned for Saturday afternoon and evening Monday and Tuesday meetings will include participatoin by senior officials of the National Park Service the National Park Foundation the National Parks Conservation Association and other key park related organizations Wednesday meetings will include a key strategic planning session for NPHA members NPHA members and meeting participants are offeres a special rate of 159 single or double plus taxes and fees Lodging is available at the special meeting rate for several days before and after the NPHA meeting Reservations must be made by October 7 and can be made by phone at 800 634 7711 Please identify yourself as a member of the National Park Hospitality Association when booking to assure the discounted rate Transportation Excellent access to our meeting location is available through the Colorado Springs Airport COS 15 minutes and Denver International Airport DEN 90 minutes Shuttle service is available through the hotel to both airports by calling 719 362 3276 One way rentals from Denver to and from the Broadmoor are available through Hertz 719 519 4473 Fees Registration Fees for the Fall Meeting are as follows 600 for NPHA Regular Members initial participant 550 for NPHA Regular Members subsequent participants 600 for NPHA Associate Members 250 for guests and spouses attending only social

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