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Tourism to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Creates Over $107 Million in Economic Benefits

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News Release Date: May 21, 2018

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Report shows visitor spending supports 1,168 jobs in local economy

San Antonio, Texas – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,381,383 visitors to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in 2017 spent $78,978,600 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,168 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $107,964,800.

 “San Antonio Missions welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Mardi Arce. “We are delighted to share the story of the four Spanish Colonial missions and the cultural and recreational opportunities they provide. 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 in San Antonio as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain the vibrant San Antonio community.”

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 $18.2 billion of direct spending by more than 330 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 306,000 jobs nationally; 255,900 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $35.8 billion.

The lodging sector received the highest direct contributions with $5.5 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 49,000 jobs. The restaurants sector received the next greatest direct contributions with $3.7 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 60,500 jobs.

According to the 2017 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging/camping (32.9 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.5 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (10.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.0 percent), and local transportation (7.5 percent).

Report authors also produce an interactive tool that enables users to explore 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.

Last updated: May 21, 2018

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