What We Do

Employees in the Commercial Services field are an integral part of the National Park System experience by ensuring our park visitors have access to high quality commercial services at reasonable prices.

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The Commercial Services Program of the National Park Service administers approximately 560 concession contracts that gross about $1 billion annually. Our concessioners employ over 25,000 hospitality industry people during peak seasons; providing services ranging from food and lodging, to white water rafting adventures. The National Park Service Commercial Services Program administers these contracts, including monitoring the performance of concessioners.

The Commercial Service Program also oversees approximately 6000 commercial use authorizations (CUAs) allowing operators to conduct commercial activities on NPS managed lands and waters for up to two-year terms. In 2019, CUA holders reported they brought almost 5 million visitors to parks and earned over $700 million from park-dependent operations.

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