New Report: Yellowstone Tourism Generates Almost $500 Million in Neighboring Communities
By Jackalope Jordan
A new report places tourism revenue generated in communities neighboring Yellowstone National Park at $498.8 million, according to the National Park Service.
The NPS report said tourist spending is responsible for 7,354 jobs and a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $629.6 million to the area.
The park’s 330 million visitors spent $18.2 billion in communities within a 60 mile radius of Yellowstone National Park. The NPS announced the report on Monday. From the news release:
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 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: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm
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