“This is an exciting year for us as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain,” said Superintendent Nancy Walther, “and we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world.”
“National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy,” said Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Superintendent Bill Cox. “Parks return $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 business.”
In 2012, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area had 3.2 million visitors, who spent $125.8 million in the area, supporting 1,775 local jobs.
The data on Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area come from a peer-reviewed spending analysis conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the 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 bed and breakfasts (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.
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