March 4, 2014
New Park Service report shows economic
benefit of parks to Outer Banks
new National Park Service report shows that 3,050,689 visitors to the
Outer Banks Group -- Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh
National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial -- spent
$175,341.2 million in communities near the parks. That spending
supported 2,469 jobs in the local area.
“The Outer Banks Group
is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the
world,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “We are delighted to
share the story of these special places and the experiences they
provide and to use the parks as a way to introduce our visitors to this
part of the country and all that it offers.
park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy –
returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and
it’s a big factor in our local economy as well,” he added. “We
appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to
be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”
peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S.
Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher
Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service.
report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park
visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This
spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in
these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S.
economy of $26.75 billion.
According to the report, most visitor
spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery, and convenience stores
(39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other
amusement and recreation (20 percent).
To download the report visit: http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
learn more about national parks in North Carolina and how the National
Park Service works with North Carolina communities to help preserve
local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor
recreation, go to www.nps.gov/NorthCarolina.
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