March 4, 2014
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz
Lowell, Massachusetts – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 537,551 visitors to Lowell in 2012 spent $28,926,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 397 jobs in Lowell and local communities.
“Lowell National Historical Park is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Celeste Bernardo. “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 area 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 Massachusetts and how the National Park Service works with Massachusetts communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go http://www.nps.gov/ma.
NPS b-roll is available to news media to use in reporting on the 2012 National Park Visitors Spending Report at http://www.nps.gov/news/econ_b-roll.htm.
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