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Tourism to Thomas Edison National Historical Park Creates $2.9 million in Economic Benefit

Report shows visitor spending supports 38 jobs in local economy

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 51,345 visitors to Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) in 2014 spent $2.9 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 38 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $4.0 million. "Thomas Edison NHPis proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Thomas E. Ross. "We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all 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 local communities."

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, with 235,600 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs (9.9 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 New Jerseyand how the National Park Service works with New Jersey communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/newjersey.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park is a National Park Service site dedicated to promoting an international understanding and appreciation of the life and extraordinary achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving, protecting, and interpreting the Park's extensive historic artifact and archive collections at the Edison Laboratory Complex and Glenmont, the Edison family estate. The Visitor Center is located at 211 Main Street in West Orange, New Jersey.For more information or directions call 973-736-0550 ext. 11 or visit: www.nps.gov/edis

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