Shenandoah National Park tourism creates $73.9 million in local economic benefit

Skyline drive, Shenandoah national parkA new National Park Service report for 2011 shows that the 1,209,883 visitors to Shenandoah National Park spent $73.9 million in communities surrounding the park.  This spending supported 1,050 jobs in the local area.

“Shenandoah National Park is a wonderful place to learn about America’s story,” said acting park superintendent Jennifer Flynn. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience the park and then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing part of the country.  The National Park Service is proud to have been entrusted with the care of America’s most treasured places and delighted that the visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy.”

The information on Shenandoah National Park is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service.  For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.  That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent).

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