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Gulf Islands NS Creates $43 million in economic benefit in Mississippi

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Date: March 3, 2014
Contact: Susan Teel, (850) 934-2618

Ocean Springs, Mississippi — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,091,178 visitors to the Mississippi sites of Gulf Islands National Seashore in 2012 spent $43.74 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 584 jobs in the local area.

"Gulf Islands National Seashore is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Dan Brown. "We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that 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 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 Mississippi and how the National Park Service works with Mississippi communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/MISSISSIPPI.

Did You Know?

Live oak trees are strong and durable.

In 1828, John Q. Adams designated the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore as the first United States tree farm. Live oak trees are known for their incredible density and resistance to disease. They provided durable wood for the construction of early naval vessels.