YANKTON, SD (KCAU) – A National Park Service report shows that tourism along the Missouri National Recreation River has benefited the local economy by raising approximately $8,448,000.
The report showed that 140,814 visitors spent approximately $6,943,000, supported 90 local jobs and had a cumulative benefit of more than $8 million.
“National parks are an important part of our country’s economy, particularly for park gateway communities, where millions of visitors each year find a place to sleep and eat, hire outfitters and guides, and utilize other local services that help to encourage a vibrant tourism and outdoor leisure industry,” said Superintendent Curt Dimmick. “We at the Missouri National Recreational River are excited to share the history of this place and the experiences it offers. We also feature the park to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all it has to offer.”
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Peer-reviewed analysis of visitor spending was conducted by economists from the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey. The report showed $20.5 billion in direct spend from more than 297 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. These spending supported 322,600 jobs nationwide; 269,900 of these jobs are in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the US economy was $42.5 billion.
In terms of economics of visitor spending, the lodging sector has had the largest direct impact, generating $7 billion in economic output nationally. The restaurant sector had the second largest impact with a national economic output of US$4.2 billion.
An interactive tool for examining visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added and output effects can be found here.