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 National Park Service Visitor Report
April 27
14:19 2015


A visitor spending survey was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service.

The report detailed which local parks bring in more visitors than others, how the visitation supports jobs and how it helps the community.NationalParkService

The report shows that visitors to the four local parks:  Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Pipe Spring National Monument, had spent $340 million in neighboring communities. That spending supported 4,983 jobs in the local area and benefited the local economy by $433.8 million.

“For 2014, Zion saw another record year in visitation with almost 3.2 million visitors and for the first quarter of this year, visitation continues on a pace to exceed last year’s annual attendance,” said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh.  “Bryce Canyon National Park’s visitation was 9.4% higher in 2014 compared to 2013,” added Superintendent Lisa Eckert. “The State of Utah’s Mighty Five Campaign has been extremely successful at marketing the parks nationally and internationally. According to the study, our visitors brought over $142 million into the local economy.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz.  The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in the gateway communities. The benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

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