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Contact: Frank Barrows, 315-336-3113
Rome, NY – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 94,006 visitors to Fort Stanwix National Monument in 2016 spent $5.2 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 68 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $6.4 million.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $34.9 billion.
According to the 2016 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.2 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.2 percent), gas and oil (11.7 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (9.7 percent), local transportation (7.4 percent), and camping fees (2.5%).
Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year 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: go.nps.gov/vse.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
Fort Stanwix National Monument is an archeological site and battlefield that includes remnants of the original Fort Stanwix (briefly named Fort Schuyler). The site is significant for the strategic roles the fort played during the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and for the various treaties negotiated within its walls. The fort collaboratively manages Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site and Steuben Memorial State Historic Site in partnership with the State of New York. Fort Stanwix is one of over 400 parks in the National Park System. To learn more about national parks, visit www.nps.gov.
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