NPS releases economic impact study of Natchez Trace
by MBJ Staff
Published: March 5,2014
Tags: Catherine Cullinane Thomas, Christopher Huber, economic impact, employment, job, Lynn Koontz, Natchez Trace Parkway, National Park Service, report, study, tourism, tourist, U.S. Geological Survey, visitor
TUPELO — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2012 shows that 5.6 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $125.9 million in the communities surrounding the Park.
This spending supported over 1,550 jobs in the local area.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber, U.S. Geological Survey economists, and Lynn Koontz for the National Park Service.
The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.
According to the report, most visitors spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent). The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
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