BRYCE CANYON, UT – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,385,352 visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2012 spent $108,946.2 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1501 jobs in the local area.
“Bryce Canyon National Park welcomes visitors from across America and around the world,” said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. “We are delighted to share the cultural stories and natural history of this majestic park and to provide experiences that help our citizens appreciate America’s Great Outdoors. The park and nearby public lands are a great asset, introducing our visitors to a wealth of outstanding recreational opportunities in Garfield and Kane counties and along Scenic Byway 12. 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 substantial, vital contribution to our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are pleased to be able to reciprocate 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 $14.7 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, with 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 B&Bs (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. To learn more about national parks in Utah and how the National Park Service works with Utah communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/UTAH.