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Ninety Six, SC. - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 63,000 visitors in 2010 spent $3.1 million at Ninety Six National Historic Site and in communities near the park. That spending supported more than 50jobs in the area.
"Having a national park in your back yard is a great economic development tool for the local workforce, business owners and municipalities in surrounding communities," said park superintendent John Slaughter. "Ninety Six National Historic Site is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."
Most of the spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent) followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent) and groceries (2 percent).
The figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities and are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.
Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.
To download the report visit https://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
For more on how the NPS is working within South Carolina, go to www.nps.gov/sc
Ninety Six National Historic Site sits squarely in the middle of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor as another partner in promoting local economic engines. To learn more about the National Heritage Area program visit www.nps.gov/southcarolina