Buffalo, N.Y.-based Delaware North, a privately-held hospitality company, has acquired adventure travel company Yellowstone Vacations.

The acquisition was finalized earlier this month, after which Delaware North began operating Yellowstone Vacations as well as its Buffalo Bus Touring Company, Rendezvous Snowmobile Rentals and Big Sky Car Rentals. All of the acquired entities operate in Yellowstone National Park.

Delaware North will 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 -- through the Yellowstone Vacations brand as well as on YellowstoneVacations.com.

"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's group president.

Delaware North also operates 12 general stores in Yellowstone National Park under a contract with the U.S. National Park Service.

Yellowstone Vacations sells various tours and activities in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from snowmobile tours and rentals in the winter to guided tours of the Old Faithful geyser and Firehole Canyon in the summer.

Delaware North has been on a growth spree this year, having added 25 new cabins at the Lodge at Geneva on Lake Erie in Ohio; begun operating Honey Creek Resort on Rathbun Lake in Iowa; acquired Sea Crest Beach Hotel on Cape Cod, Mass.; opened the Westin Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y.; acquired the Rocky Mountain Park Inn and Trendz at the Park in Estes Park, Colo.; and opened a new attraction, Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, which Delaware North operates for NASA.

Correction: Most of Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming. An earlier version of this report referred to the park as "Montana's Yellowstone National Park."


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