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Tourism to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Creates Huge Economic Benefit

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Date: March 4, 2014
Contact: Ann Honious, 314-655-1614

St Louis, Missouri – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that almost 2.5 million  visitors to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM) in 2012 spent $228,290,700 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 3,883 jobs in the local area.

"JNEM is a wonderful place to learn about America's story," said JNEM park superintendent Tom Bradley. "JNEM is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world. We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and attract visitors who spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing part of the country. 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."

 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 visitors 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).

The NPS b-roll is available for any news media reporting on the 2012 National Park Visitors Spending Report at http://www.nps.gov/news/econ_b-roll.htm.

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 Missouri and how the National Park Service works with Missouri communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/missouri.

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