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Tourism to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site creates $90.2 Million in Economic Benefits

Photo taken from the Chief Factor's House veranda of a large amount of children sitting on the field in front of the house.
NPS Photo by Christina Stolmeier

The view of the 2017 Children's Cultural Parade, as seen from the veranda of the fort's Chief Factor's House.

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News Release Date: April 27, 2018

Contact: Tracy Fortmann, Superintendent, (360) 816-6205

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.1 million visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in 2017 spent $61.8 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,010 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $90.2 million.

"Fort Vancouver National Historic Site welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. "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."

Fortmann continued, "This national park has been part of the Southwest Washington community since 1948, and is part of the fabric of the Pacific Northwest. It is an honor and a privilege for us to help our visitors learn about and reflect upon the history of this place, and we will continue this work in perpetuity."

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 $18.2 billion of direct spending by more than 330 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 306,000 jobs nationally; 255,900 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $35.8 billion.

The lodging sector received the highest direct contributions with $5.5 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 49,000 jobs. The restaurants sector received the next greatest direct contributions with $3.7 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 60,500 jobs.

According to the 2017 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging/camping (32.9 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.5 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (10.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.0 percent), and local transportation (7.5 percent).

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:

To learn more about national parks in Washington and how the National Park Service works with Washington communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

To learn more about accomplishments in the year 2017 at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, download the park's Superintendent's Annual Report at

Last updated: April 27, 2018

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