National Park Service Releases Study Regarding Effects Of Visitor Spending At National Park Units

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The National Park Service recently issued a report titled 2014 National Park Visitor Spending Effects which evaluates the economic contributions of National Park units to local communities, states and the country.  In its Executive Summary in the report, NPS stated:

“In 2014, the National Park System received over 292 million recreation visits. NPS visitors spent $15.7 billion in local gateway regions (defined as communities within 60 miles of a park). The contribution of this spending to the national economy was 277 thousand jobs, $10.3 billion in labor income, $17.1 billion in value added, and $29.7 billion in output. The lodging sector saw the highest direct contributions with 48 thousand jobs and $4.8 billion in output directly contributed to local gateway economies nationally. The sector with the next greatest direct contributions was restaurants and bars, with 60 thousand jobs and $3.2 billion in output directly contributed to local gateway economies nationally.”

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