The National Park Service (NPS) unveiled a couple of proposals in late October that would considerably increase the fees charged to a variety of visitors to select national parks during peak season, including individuals and motorcoach tours. According to a statement by NPS, the primary purpose of this price increase is to generate revenue to help address the maintenance backlog, which is estimated to be upwards of $12 billion.
Of primary interest to ABA and the motorocoach, tour and travel industry, the NPS is proposing entry and permit fee adjustments for commercial tours using motorcoaches. The proposal would increase the entry fees for commercial operators and standardize commercial use authorization (CUA) requirements for road-based commercial tours, including application and management fees across the parks.
The proposed motorcoach fees for peak season would jump from $300 per bus in some locations to upwards of $1200.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, all parks will charge commercial tour fees made up of three components: the CUA application fee, a CUA management fee and an entrance fee. Click here to view the commercial tour proposal
Join us for this webinar with representatives from the National Park Service, to review the proposals and answer questions.
Comments on the proposals are due November 23.
Donald Leadbetter, National Park Service
Donald Leadbetter is the Tourism Program Manager for the National Park Service, where he coordinates engagement with the travel and tourism industry and facilitates collaboration on relevant issues in support of sustainable tourism that benefits parks, resources, visitors, communities, and the economy.
In addition to providing external coordination and representation of the National Park Service at tourism industry forums, trade shows, and meetings, he collaborates with program areas throughout the agency to leverage tourism-related functions in support of the mission of the National Park Service.
Donald began his career in the National Park Service in 2009 as a Presidential Management Fellow and member of the Commercial Services Program, moving into his current leadership role in 2016. After spending time developing tourism management strategies for the Office of Policy, Management, and Budget at the Department of the Interior in 2010, he joined the National Park Service’s Centennial Office in 2014, collaborating with partners on a variety of programs and events for the agency’s 2016 centennial.
Prior to joining the National Park Service, Donald spent a decade working on the front lines of the travel and tourism sector, from guiding small group camping trips around the country to crewing on expedition cruise ships around the world. Donald earned a master’s degree in tourism administration from The George Washington University.
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