A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 35,158 visitors to Tumacácori in 2012 spent $1,891,900 in communities near the park. That spending supported 26 jobs in the local area. "Tumacácori is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Bob Love.
“We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides, and to use the park as a way to introduce visitors to this part of the country and its unique and rich history. National 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 state and local economies 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 peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economist Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber, and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The 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).
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. To learn more about national parks in Arizona and how the National Park Service works with Arizona communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/ARIZONA.
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