Flagstaff Area National Monuments Tourism Creates $27 Million in Economic Benefit
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New report shows visitor spending supports 367 jobs in Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 526,433 visitors in 2011 to the Flagstaff Area National Monuments spent $27,820,000 in surrounding communities, supporting 367 jobs in the local area.
"Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon, and Wupatki National Monuments are wonderful places to visit and learn more about the natural and cultural histories of ancient times," said Acting Park Superintendent Leah McGinnis. "These National Monuments are three of our nation's treasures that attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world, who come here to immerse themselves in the geology, ecology and archeology of the area. People who live and work in nearby communities are invested in these monuments. Whether they visit the park, own or work at a business that serves local or long distance visitors or provides services for the park and our employees, the money visitors spend has a positive economic impact on our local and our national economy."
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by Yue Cui, Ed Mahoney, and Teresa Herbowicz of Michigan State University for the National Park Service. The report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 national park visitors. The spending occurred in communities within 60 miles of a national park and supported 252,000 jobs, most of which are also in the communities near national parks. The visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy.
Did You Know?
Sunset Crater was nearly dynamited in 1929, to create a landslide for the Hollywood movie "Avalanche". Local citizens were outraged and lobbied for its protection. The result was establishment of Sunset Crater National Monument in 1930. "Volcano" was added to the name in 1990.