Tourism to Point Reyes National Seashore and Other San Francisco Bay Area National Parks Create Over $1 Billion in Economic Benefits in 2016

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Date: April 20, 2017
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Point Reyes Station, CA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2.4 million visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore in 2016 spent $107 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,361 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $135 million.

"Point Reyes National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Acting Superintendent John Dell’Osso. "The San Francisco Bay Area is rich with national park units with an incredible tapestry of stories, interactions and experiences from our past, and an abundance and diversity of species and their natural habitats, along with myriad recreational opportunities. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities."

In the San Francisco Bay Area network of National Parks (Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, Fort Point National Historic Site, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, John Muir National Historic Site, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historical Park, and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park), over 26 million visitors to these parks in 2016 spent $823 million in nearby communities. That spending supported 10,497 jobs in the local areas and had a cumulative benefit to the local economies of over $1 billion.

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 $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $ 34.9 billion.

According to the 2016 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.2 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.2 percent), gas and oil (11.7 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (9.7 percent), local transportation (7.4 percent), and camping fees (2.5%).

Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage:

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

To learn more about national parks in California and how the National Park Service works with California communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

About Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore is one of 413 units within the National Park Service. Point Reyes was authorized in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, "to preserve a portion of the diminishing seashore of the United States that remains undeveloped." Learn more by visiting Point Reyes National Seashore's official website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Instagram page, and YouTube channel.

About the National Park Service
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Last updated: April 20, 2017

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