new National Park Service report shows that 2,743,338 visitors to the
Outer Banks Group of national park sites in 2015 spent $179.8 million
in communities near the parks. That spending supported 2,815 jobs in
the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of
Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and
Wright Brothers National Memorial welcomes visitors from across the
country and around the world,” said Superintendent David Hallac. “We
are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it
provides. We also feature 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," he
continued. "returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park
Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We
appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to
be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”
The national park sites within the Outer Banks Group and their individual economic impact figures are:
Hatteras National Seashore: 2,132,600 visitors spent $140.1 million,
resulting in 2,169 jobs and a cumulative benefit to the state economy
of $174.6 million.
Raleigh National Historic Site: 243,503 visitors spent $15.8 million,
resulting in 258 jobs and a cumulative benefit to the state economy of
Brothers National Memorial: 367,235 visitors spent $23.9 million,
resulting in 388 jobs and a cumulative benefit to the state economy of
peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists
Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne
Koontz of the National Park Service.
report shows $16.9 billion of direct spending by 307.2 million park
visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This
spending supported 295,000 jobs nationally -- 252,000 of those jobs are
found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S.
economy was $32 billion.
to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.1
percent), followed by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil
(11.8 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), and souvenirs and
other expenses (9.8 percent).
authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore
current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and
output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies.
Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and
report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage, go.nps.gov/vse.
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.