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Grand Canyon National Park Tourism Creates Over $467 Million in Economic Benefit

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Date: February 26, 2013
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779

New report shows visitor spending supports 7,361 jobs in Arizona


Grand Canyon, Ariz. - According to a peer-reviewed report released by the National Park Service yesterday, Grand Canyon National Park's 4.3 million visitors spent $467,257,000 and supported 7,361 jobs in Arizona in 2011.

 "Grand Canyon National Park is one of 22 national parks in Arizona. These national parks are exceptional places - the jewels in America's crown where we relax, get exercise and learn about America's story," said Dave Uberuaga, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent. "And the people who live and work in communities near these national parks are invested in the parks. Whether they visit a park, own or work at a business that serves local or long distance visitors or provides services for a park or park employees, the money visitors spend on national park trips has a positive impact on local economies, the economy of Arizona, and on our national economy."

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by Yue Cui, Ed Mahoney, and Teresa Herbowicz of Michigan State University for the National Park Service. The report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million national park visitors nationwide. The spending occurred in communities within 60 miles of a national park and supported 252,000 jobs, most of which are also in the communities near national parks. The visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy.

The National Park Service report is done on an annual basis and is prepared through a cooperative agreement with Michigan State University. The entire report, with information by park and by state on visitor spending, jobs and other impacts, is available online at:  http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM  (click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011).  According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent.)

This week the National Park Service also released its 2012 visitation numbers showing an increase of 3.8 million over the previous year for a total of 282.8 million visitors to the National Park Service's 398 parks. Visitation broken down by park and state is available on line at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/. These numbers will be the basis for next year's economic benefits report.

To learn more about Grand Canyon National Park and how the National Park Service works with Arizona communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to http://www.nps.gov/arizona



Did You Know?


Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)