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Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial = visitors, money and jobs for local economy

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Date: February 28, 2012

Put-in-Bay, Ohio - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that approximately 92,000 visitors in 2010 spent approximately $7,150,000 in Perry's Victory and in communities near the park. That spending supported 145jobs in the local area.

"The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," park Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky said. "Perry's Victory is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."

Most of the spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent) followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent) and groceries (2 percent).

The figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities and are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.

Across the U.S., local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.

To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010. The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

For more information on how the NPS is working in Ohio, go to http://www.nps.gov/Ohio

Did You Know?

Dean Mosher's painting of Oliver Hazard Perry

The phrase emblazoned on Perry’s flag, “Dont give up the ship” were not Perry’s words, but the dying utterance of U.S. Captain James Lawrence. Lawrence, a good friend of Perry, was killed commanding the U.S.S. Chesapeake in an action with the British ship H.M.S. Shannon on June 1, 1813.