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Contact: Bob Love, 520-377-5070
TUMACÁCORI, AZ –A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 38,017 visitors to Tumacácori National Historical Park in 2014 spent $2,132,100 in communities near the park.That spending supported 32 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $2,558,000.
"Tumacácori welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Bob Love."We are proud 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, its culture, 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."
"Tumacácori was set aside in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, and has been a mainstay of Santa Cruz County and Southern Arizona tourism for over a century," added Love.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber, and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz.The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 202.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally;235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities.The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.
According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent), followed by food and beverage (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).
To download the report visit https://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks like Tumacácori, and how the National Park Service works with Arizona communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/ARIZONA.