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calichaos
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 11:33 am    Post subject: Privatize national parks? Reply with quote

let the free market foster a better consumer experience.. or something like that:
www.latimes.com/enviro...ks-tourism

www.yahoo.com/entertai...19066.html

thehill.com/policy/ene...mp-grounds

www.nationalparkstrave...4-2019.pdf

I'm late to the party on this one but this one irks me. I don't want to see starsucks logos at the entrance to Yellow Stone or anyplace else.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: Privatize national parks? Reply with quote

I agree with you sir. Yellowstone amenities are managed by Xanterra, and they have done a good job IMHO of managing the experience for camping, eating/shopping. The rest though, roads, permits, wildlife, etc, are public treasures that should NOT be bought or sold.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Privatize national parks? Reply with quote

but it wouldn't be a "free market", it would be a corporate entity with a stranglehold (politician protected monopoly) that exists for the sole purpose of profit for investors.

Great for big corp, bad for literally everyone else.

EDIT* and we can bail them out with taxpayer money after they mismanage it. Rinse, repeat.

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Privatize national parks? Reply with quote

Jimbolio wrote:
I agree with you sir. Yellowstone amenities are managed by Xanterra, and they have done a good job IMHO of managing the experience for camping, eating/shopping. The rest though, roads, permits, wildlife, etc, are public treasures that should NOT be bought or sold.

It should not be made private. There should be some price controls put in place. The prices set to stay at one of the hotels is crazy. I stayed there with my family a couple years ago and I think I spent about $650 a night. It was great but how do prices like that make national parks affordable to the public (besides having to book around a year in advance). Foreign tourists and their tour buses seemed to dominate.

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