BUFFALO, N.Y., and WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (Dec. 8, 2016) – Delaware North, one of the largest privately held hospitality and food service companies in the world, is expanding its offerings at Yellowstone National Park with the acquisition of adventure travel company Yellowstone Vacations.
Delaware North this week completed the acquisition and began operating Yellowstone Vacations, including its Buffalo Bus Touring Company, Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals and Big Sky Car Rentals – all services aimed at travelers to Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Vacations is based in West Yellowstone, Mont., a top gateway destination.
Under its new Yellowstone Vacations brand (http://www.yellowstonevacations.com), Delaware North will also market its four West Yellowstone lodging options – the Holiday Inn® West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites, Yellowstone Park Hotel and the Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone.
“Now, more than ever, travelers want the convenience of planning their entire vacation in one place. With the acquisition of Yellowstone Vacations, Delaware North can now offer that all-inclusive experience and curate unique vacation itineraries for visitors to this incredible national park,” said Jim Houser, Delaware North group president.
Delaware North also operates 12 general stores in Yellowstone National Park under a contract with the U.S. National Park Service.
For more than three generations, Yellowstone Vacations has been widely recognized as the leading all-inclusive provider of special tours and activities for travelers planning a Yellowstone vacation. Wintertime experiences include interpretive snowcoach tours and thrilling snowmobile tours and rentals. In the summer months, Yellowstone Vacations offers memorable tours of Yellowstone National Park’s Upper and Lower Loop to see landmarks such as Old Faithful geyser and Firehole Canyon up close. The tours are conducted by certified interpretive guides.
Yellowstone Vacations represents another significant 2016 addition to the portfolio of Delaware North’s parks and resorts business. This year the company also:
- Added 25 new cabins at the Lodge at Geneva, which the company operates for Ashtabula County on Lake Erie in Ohio.
- Began operating Honey Creek Resort on Rathbun Lake for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
- Acquired Sea Crest Beach Hotel on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
- Opened The Westin Buffalo at Delaware North’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y.
- Acquired the Rocky Mountain Park Inn and Trendz at the Park in Estes Park, Colo., near Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Opened a new attraction – Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing – at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which Delaware North operates for NASA.
Delaware North now operates more than 30 lodging locations throughout the United States and in Australia.
About Delaware North's parks and resorts business
Delaware North Parks and Resorts is a global leader in the hospitality industry, operating lodging, food and beverage and retail services, recreational activities, and educational programming at destinations throughout North America and Australia. Delaware North operates in many of the United States’ iconic national and state parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Niagara Falls State Park, as well as at cultural attractions such as Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Its portfolio also includes luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North’s hospitality management expertise, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 60,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than 500 million guests annually. Delaware North has annual revenue of about $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North at www.delawarenorth.com.