National Park Service, parks economic impact study
-- Press release
From the press release:
National park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation’s economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. ...
The annual report, 2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, was prepared by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. It includes information by park and by state on visitor spending within 60 miles of a national park, jobs supported by visitor spending and other statistics.
According to the 2013 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent).
The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).
Protest: Locals complain about the Grand Canyon National Park closure which is costing the community in lost tourism. Image via the Daily Mail.
In February 2014, the NPS also produced a report specifically on the economic impact of parks closures during last year's federal shutdown, Effects of the October 2013 Government Shutdown on National Park Serv.ice Visitor Spending in Gateway Communities.