Tourism to Sagamore Hill creates 3.2 Million in Economic Benefits

A blue sign reading, "Sagamore Hill, Home of Theodore Roosevelt, Governor of New York, President of United States" with the historic home atop a hill in the background.
A report shows visitor spending supports 37 jobs in local economy.

Alnoe Paler

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News Release Date: May 2, 2018

Contact: Joshua Reyes, 516-922-4788

Oyster Bay, NY – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 55,186 visitors to Sagamore Hill in 2017 spent $3,155,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 37 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $4,255,300.
“Sagamore Hill welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Kelly Fuhrmann. “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 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).

The report authors have also produced 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:

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


Last updated: May 2, 2018

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