Tourism to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument Creates Over $175 Million in Economic Benefits

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News Release Date: April 23, 2015

Tourism to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument Creates Over $175 Million in Economic Benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 2,218 jobs in local economy

PAGE, AZ– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that over 2.4 million people visited Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument in 2014, a 15% increase over 2013. Visitors spent over $155 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,218 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $175 million. "The upswing in visitation affirms the significant role that the NPS plays in drawing tourism which drives the local economy, said Superintendent Todd Brindle. "We are delighted to introduce visitors from around the world to the Colorado Plateau and all that it offers. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities." National park tourism is also a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.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 nationalparks in Utah and Arizona, and how the National Park Service works with communities, business partners and tribes in these states to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/Utah or www.nps.gov/Arizona.



Last updated: April 23, 2015

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