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Concessions contract may lead to changes at national park

America is full of iconic locations that date its history and status as a young nation. From historical landmarks found here in New Jersey and the rest of the eastern coast to the reaching mountain peaks of California and Washington, a person cannot travel far without being reminded of the United States' progress as a country or its inherent natural beauty. One of the most iconic places in the country is Yosemite National Park. This sprawling protected area offers nature lovers a chance to experience the country's finest terrain and draws visitors in droves each year from distances near and far.

Within Yosemite visitors may selected from different lodging options for their stays. Some of these lodges have become so established that they now carry with them their own reputations and are recognized just by their names. A recent dispute between Park Services and the company that services those lodges could lead to changes in those iconic names.

Park Services is in the process of asking for new concessions bids for various sites within Yosemite. The current concessionaire for those sites has claimed that it and not the parks own the rights to using the names attached to such lodgings as the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village. The concessionaire is asking for more than $50 million to extend the right to another company to use the names if it is not granted the concessions contract.

Depending upon how seriously Park Services takes this claim, the administrators of Yosemite may find themselves embroiled in contract litigation with the current concessionaire. As name recognition for the affected lodgings may be closely tied to consumer bookings at those locations, Park Services may want to do whatever it can maintain those sites' longstanding names. As with all business contract disputes, this matter may require more investigation in order to sort out.

Source: New Jersey Herald, "Dispute could lead to name changes at Yosemite," Jan. 2, 2015

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