Tourism to Badlands and Black Hills National Park Sites Create $242.2 Million in Economic Benefit in 2014

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Date: April 29, 2015
Contact: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: Alison Shoup, 605 433-5552, ext. 1242
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Report shows visitor spending supports 4,148 jobs in South Dakota

KEYSTONE, S.D. – A National Park Service report shows that 3,861,091 visitors to National Park sites in South Dakota in 2014 spent $229.7 million within the local area. That spending supported 4,148 jobs.  

The new Visitor Center at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is proud to welcome visitors to the Badlands and Black Hills area," says Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Superintendent Eric Leonard. "Positioned at the entrance to the region, we consider ourselves lucky to welcome and share the wealth of history, culture, and natural beauty. The National Park Service sites offer quality facilities and a variety of programs encouraging visitors to spend more time in the Black Hills and Badlands, benefiting our local businesses and communities. " 

The Badlands and Black Hills national park sites supported local communities with total visitor spending in the millions. Total visitor spending at Badlands National Park was $53,312,900;at Jewel Cave National Monument $5,852,200;at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site $4,426,900;at Mount Rushmore National Memorial $120,287,400;and at Wind Cave National Park $52,761,400 resulting in over $236 million in support. 

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane, Thomas and Christopher Huber, and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending, an increase of $1 billion from 2013, by 292 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park service site. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $29.7 billion. 

According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotel, motel, Bed and Breakfast, and camping facilities (33 percent), and other amusement and recreation related businesses (20 percent). 

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

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