Tourism to Fort Donelson National Battlefield creates 16 Million in Economic Benefits

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Date: May 1, 2015
Contact: Brian K. McCutchen Superintendent, (931)232-5348

Dover, TN –A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 262,317 visitors to Fort Donelson National Battlefield in 2014 spent $16.2 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 240 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy. "Fort Donelson welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent. "We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities." "We are pleased to learn of the far-reaching benefit that our national park has on the regional area. This new study takes into account various visitor-related spending for the surrounding area –reaching well outside that of Dover and Stewart County. Such communities benefiting from Fort Donelson visitation include the cities of Clarksville, Paris, Murray, Hopkinsville, and other communities within the study radius," McCutchen added. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally;235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.  


According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent). To download the report visit https://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. To learn more about national parks in Tennessee and how the National Park Service works with surrounding communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/Tennessee.  



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