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Tourism to Cape Cod National Seashore contributes $750 million to local economy

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News Release Date: August 31, 2023

Contact: Linzy French, 508-957-0710

WELLFLEET, Mass.– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4 million visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore in 2022 spent $548 million dollars in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,680 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $750 million dollars.

“Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 300 million visitors every year. The impact of tourism to national parks is undeniable: bringing jobs and revenue to communities in every state in the country and making national parks an essential driver to the national economy,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.

“People come to Cape Cod National Seashore to relax on the beaches, recreate on trails, learn about its history, and immerse themselves in the diverse culture of this special place,” said Superintendent Brian Carlstrom. “We recognize that this tourism is a critical driver to the local economy, bringing 6,680 jobs and $750 million dollars revenue to communities within 60 miles of the park.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists at the National Park Service. The report shows $23.9 billion of direct spending by nearly 312 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 378,400 jobs nationally; 314,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $50.3 billion.

As for the economics of visitor spending, the lodging sector had the highest direct effects, with $9 billion in economic output nationally. The restaurants sector was had the second greatest effects, with $4.6 billion in economic output nationally.

Report authors also produce an interactive tool that enables users to explore visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: Visitor Spending Effects - Economic Contributions of National Park Visitor Spending - Social Science (U.S. National Park Service) (

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Last updated: August 31, 2023

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