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Tourism to Golden Gate National Parks creates $471 million in Economic Benefit

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Date: March 3, 2014
Contact: Alexandra Picavet      , 415-786-8021

Tourism to Golden Gate National Parks creates $471 million in Economic Benefit Report shows visitor spending supports 5,300 jobs in the local economy

Report shows visitor spending supports 5,300 jobs in the local economy new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that in 2012 the 17 million visitors to Golden Gate National Parks comprised of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Point National Historic Site and Muir Woods National Monument, spent $471 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,300 jobs in the local area, mostly in the hospitality and retail industries.

"The Golden Gate National Parks, with 17 million annual visitors, are the most visited in the National Park System," said General Superintendent Frank Dean. "We are proud to welcome visitors from around the world, and are delighted to share the story of these special places and the many different experiences they offer, from horseback riding, beach combing and hiking to surfing and world class sightseeing. 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 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, and had 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 state name and how the National Park Service works with state name communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/California.

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