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Devils Tower, WY –
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 478,830 visitors to Devils Tower National Monument in 2015 spent $29,889,500 in communities near the park. That spending supported 477 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $37,409,000.
Nationally, the peer-reviewed visitor spending report shows $16.9 billion of direct spending by 307.2 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 295,000 jobs nationally, with 252,000 of those jobs found in gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $32 billion. In the Devils Tower area, the greatest visitor spending was for lodging (34.7 percent), food and beverages (25.7 percent), gas and oil (14.2 percent), and retail sales (9.6 percent).
"Devils Tower National Monument welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Tim Reid. "We are delighted to share the story of this special place and the experience it provides. National park tourism is a significant driver in state and local economies, returning $10 for every $1 spent in National Park Service units. We appreciate the support of our neighbors and partners, and are looking forward to another robust year of visitation as we celebrate the NPS Centennial."
An interactive option allows users to explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, year-by-year trend data, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/
To learn more about national parks in Wyoming and how the National Park Service works with Wyoming communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/state/wy.
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