Tourism to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument creates $10,759,100 in Economic Benefits

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Date: April 21, 2016
Contact: Superintendent

 KIMBERLY, OREGON – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 196,276 visitors to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in 2015 spent $9,146,900 in communities near the park. That spending supported 141j obs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $10,759,100.

“John Day Fossil Beds welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Shelley Hall. “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.”

Hall continued, “The national monument was established to preserve and provide for scientific and public understanding of the amazing fossil resources of the John Day region. As visitation to the monument continues to rise each year, more of the American public is learning about this extraordinary area”.

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 $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; 252,000 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $32 billion.

According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending nationwide was for lodging (31.1 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil (11.8 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8 percent).


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The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

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