Tourism to Joshua Tree National Park Creates $97M in Economic Benefits

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Date: April 28, 2015
Contact: George Land , 760-367-5507

Twentynine Palms, CA Joshua Tree National Park – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,589,904 visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2014 spent over $73M in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,030 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $97M.

"Joshua Tree National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent David Smith. "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." 

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).

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

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Last updated: April 28, 2015

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