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Contact: Deanna M. Dulen, 760-924-5505
Devils Postpile National Monument Equals Visitors, Money and Jobs for Local Economy
Mammoth Lakes CA - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 100,000 visitors in 2010 spent $2,835,000 in Devils Postpile National Monumentand in communities near the park. That spending supported 41 jobs in the local area.
"The people and the business owners in our local communities appreciate this unique national treasure that represents both domestic and international visitor dollars that fuel local jobs." Superintendent Deanna Dulen said, "Devils Postpile National Monument illustrates its value, as a constantly renewing resource, that provides sustainability with its ecotourism values of natural beauty and renewal for the human spirit.It's our clean, green energy 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 California go to http://www.nps.gov/california
For more information, contact Devils Postpile National Monument at 760-934-5505.