Despite the lingering effects of a weak global economy, National Park
Service managers are expecting plenty of visitors this summer, coming
off a record year in 2009 for Yellowstone National Park, according to
the Billings (Mont.) Gazette.
â€œBy all indications, we are expecting to see another healthy visitation
year,â€ Colin Campbell, deputy superintendent of Yellowstone, told the
Campbell and Bob Vogel, acting superintendent for Grand Teton
National Park, spoke Monday (May 24) during a luncheon as part of the
59th National Parks Day in Cody, Wyo.
Advance bookings reported by Xanterra, a lodging concessionaire
in Yellowstone, are up compared with the same time last year, which saw
a record summer and an annual total of nearly 3.3 million visitors,
â€œWe learned that we were setting records in July and in August
as visitation was robust, and we expect to see that again this year,â€ he
told the paper.
Visitation was up by just less than 1% last year in Grand
Teton, but in the poor economy park managers were pleased to see any
rise, Vogel said.
â€œAdvance bookings are up with our park concessionaires and
throughout Jackson Hole, so we are expecting a robust season,â€ he said.
With Xanterraâ€™s room reservations up 11% so far over last year
and its campground reservations up 14%, 2010 may see plenty of traffic,
but could bring more people looking to cut costs while still taking a
vacation to Yellowstone Country, Haines said.
Claudia Wade, marketing director for the Park County Travel
Council, said that businesses such as moderately priced and high-end
restaurants may again see more families eating picnic lunches or dining
at fast-food spots, as was the case last year.