WABE News
9:48 am
Wed October 10, 2012

State to Privatize Hospitality Services at Two North Georgia State Parks

Over the next few months, many operations at two North Georgia state parks will be outsourced to a privately-owned company.

On November 1st, Florida-based Coral Hospitality will take over running restaurants and lodging at Unicoi State Park in White County.

A month later, Coral will take similar control at Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawson County.

“Sometimes it’s best to have a single-minded, single-focused individual that is specifically paying attention to that particular businesses component," says Coral Hospitality CEO Lee Weeks.  

The move is part of the state Department of Natural Resource’s plan for state parks to pay for themselves, reports the Gainesville Times.

While Weeks says there are no immediate plans to hike prices, that could change as the parks improve both in terms of quality and profitability.

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