National Park Tourism Creates $14.3M in Local Economic Benefit
Contact: Chris Mekow, 731-689-5696
Shiloh, TN - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that in 2011 the 387,816 visitors to Shiloh National Military Park spent $14,371,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 202 jobs in the local area.
"Shiloh National Military Park is quite simply, a wonderful place to learn about this area's unique and relevant history," said Park Superintendent, John Bundy. "The park, with sites in Tennessee and Mississippi, attracts visitors from across the nation and around the world. They journey here to experience the park's compelling history and resources."
These same visitors spend their time and money enjoying the services provided by neighboring communities, and getting to know this part of the country and its people. The National Park Service is proud to welcome visitors who daily generate significant and meaningful contributions to the local, state, and national economies.
The economic benefit of Shiloh National Military Park is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the nation conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service. For 2011, the report shows that 279 million park visitors spent 13 billion dollars in communities within 60 miles of a national park. "Last year visitation records were set in conjunction with the sesquicentennial activities hosted by the park and our park partners in surrounding communities," stated Bundy, "when the 2012 figures are out we believe Shiloh National Military Park will illustrate an even greater tourism contribution to the local economies."
For 2011, figures document spending in conjunction with visits to the National Park System, had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide. Most visitor spending in relation to making these park visits support local jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), and retail spending (11percent). Meanwhile, visitor expenditures also support transportation and fuel services (7 percent), with wholesale manufacturing also benefitting at two (2) percent.
To download the referenced report visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscence/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011. The report also includes information for National Park visitor spending at individual parks like Shiloh and also by state. To learn more about national parks in Tennessee and Mississippi and how the National Park Service works with communities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, please go online to explore www.nps.gov/Tennessee and www.nps.gov/Mississippi .
To explore Shiloh National Military Park further online, visit www.nps.gov/shil and social media visitors can link to the park via Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShilohNMP; and Twitter at: www.twitter.com/ShilohNPS; also at YouTube via: www.youtube.com/ShilohNPS1862; and finally through Flickr at: www.flickrcom/ShilohNPS1862. "All of these technological communication portals are literally being used by hundreds of thousands of Shiloh internet visitors," states Superintendent Bundy. He adds that, "Each site accessed links the online park visitor directly to the park staff, producing a wonderful avenue of daily communication. Each portal of social media permits a meaningful dialogue to relate the relevancy of this National Park, its mission, and purpose, directly to the lives and homes of people located across the United States and the entire world."
Did You Know?
Major General Lew Wallace commanded a Federal division at Shiloh. He later gained more fame as the author of Ben Hur.