Dry Tortugas National Park = visitors, money and jobs for local economy!
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Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West, Florida - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 53,890 visitors in 2010 spent $4,689,000 in Dry Tortugas National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported 1956 jobs in the local area.
"The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," park superintendent Dan Kimball said. "Dry Tortugas National Park is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."
Most of the spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent) followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent) and groceries (2 percent).
The figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities and are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.
Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.
To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
For more information on how the NPS is working in Florida, go to http://www.nps.gov/Florida.
Did You Know?
The Carnegie Institute's Laboratory for Marine Biology was established among the Dry Tortugas in 1905. Based on Loggerhead Key, this research facility laid the foundation for 20th century tropical marine science, with an emphasis on coral reef systems.