Tourism to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument creates over $118 million in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 1473 jobs in local economy
Page, Arizona – A new National Park Service report shows that 2 million visitors to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument in 2013 spent over $118 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 1473 jobs in the local area.
“Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge are proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Todd Brindle. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the parks as a way to introduce our visitors to the Colorado Plateau and all that it offers. 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 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 our local communities.”
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park unit. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.
According to the 2013 economic analysis, most 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).
To download the report visithttp://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm The report includes information for visitor spending at individual park units and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Arizona and Utah and how the National Park Service works with communities, business partners, and tribes in these states to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go towww.nps.gov/Arizona orwww.nps.gov/Utah.