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March 4, 2010

America Outdoors Association Bulletin

Media Alert – Cable Morning Show Looking for Locations to Feature for Family Trips

Important Notice to NPS Concessioners and CUA Holders Using NPS Utilities

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Cable Morning Show Looking for Locations to Feature for Family Trips

A producer for a cable television program that airs daily targeting mothers and women is looking for locations to feature in their travel segment on adventure vacations.  The producer contacted America Outdoors Association for help in finding locations that fit their audience’s interests.  If you are interested in having your location considered, please provide a paragraph description that meets the criteria provided below.

• Your services should be “one tank” get-aways from metro areas.  Please list the metro markets or major airports within a day’s drive of your location. Provide your company name, location address, phone, contact name, and link to the web site that features your family trips that meet the criteria below.
• Length of stay should be 3 to 4 days.
• The services and facilities must be family-oriented.  List the features of your services that are attractive to families. 
• Provide a list of the family-oriented adventure activities, restaurant, lodging and other options at your location.
• Provide an age range for the activities and the services you provide.
• List any special packages or all inclusive pricing options.

Send your description to dbrown@americaoutdoors.org by noon Friday, March 5.  Additional submissions will also be forwarded, but the earlier you get yours in the better.

Important Notice to NPS Concessioners and CUA Holders Using NPS Utilities

The National Park Service is proposing to adopt a Director's Order setting forth the policies and procedures under which the NPS will recover expenses for providing utilities to non-NPS entities (concessioners, special use permittees, CUA holders and others). These expenses include, but are not limited to, annual operating costs, cyclical repair and rehabilitation costs, and capital investment cost. 16 U.S.C. lb(4) provides authority for the NPS to furnish "on a reimbursement of appropriation basis, all types of utility services to concessioners, contractors, permittees, or other users of such services, within the System". The Director's Order provides policies and procedures for consistent application of this guidance throughout the National Park Service.

America Outdoors Association opposes DO 35B because it will unfairly and dramatically raise the costs of providing commercial services to Park visitors where use of NPS provided utilities is required.  NPS is notorious for over-building its utility services, visitors centers and employee housing.  NPS already charges concessioners for utilities, which are often double the cost of utilities outside the Parks.  This proposal adds to those costs to include the capital costs as well as operation and maintenance costs.   Utilities used by concessioners are often used by other Park visitors.  NPS would most likely try to transfer as much of those costs as possible to one segment of the Park visitor base.

A copy of our comments can be found on the AOA website under Latest News.  For an MS Word copy of the comments to use in submission of your own, contact dbrown@americaoutdoors.org Comments are due by March 5, 2010.

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