Yosemite Reinstates Historic Names After $12-million Trademark Settlement

Yosemite Reinstates Historic Names After $12-million Trademark Settlement

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Yosemite Reinstates Historic Names After $12-million Trademark Settlement

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The Ahwahnee Hotel is once again The Ahwahnee Hotel after The National Park Service reached a $12-million settlement with Yosemite’s former facilities operator Aramark.

The dispute began in 2015 when Delaware North Companies Inc. lost a $2-billion contract to operate the park’s restaurants, hotels and outdoor activities.

Delaware North, who owned the concessionaire’s intellectual property, refused to relinquish the names of Yosemite’s historic attractions.

“I’ve said from literally Day One that these names belong with these places, and ultimately belong to the American people,” Yosemite National Park spokesman Scott Gediman said Monday. “So to have this dispute resolved is huge.”

The U.S. government paid $3.84 million of the settlement and Aramark, Yosemite’s current concessions operator, paid $8.16 million, Gediman said.

On Monday, the tarps that have been covering the names of many of the attractions came down.

Attractions Who Lost Their Names

Curry Village -> Half Dome Village -> Curry Village

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls -> Yosemite Valley Lodge -> Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

Wawona Hotel -> Big Trees Lodge -> Wawona Hotel

Badger Pass Ski Area -> Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area -> Badger Pass Ski Area

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