|Report shows visitor spending supports 318 jobs in local economy
Bradenton, Florida – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 363,704 visitors to De Soto National Memorial in 2012 spent $22,257.1 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 318 jobs in the local area.
“De Soto National Memorial is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Jorge Acevedo. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use 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.”
“De Soto NMem is a great part of the community and I have come to enjoy and love my almost 6 years of living in this jewel of Florida’s gulf coast. We are proud of our contribution to Bradenton and hope to continue our excellence in service to the people who visit the Tampa Bay area,” added Superintendent Acevedo.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey
economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne 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 visitor 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).
To download the report visit http://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 in Florida and how the National Park Service works with Florida communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/FLORIDA.
De Soto National Memorial is located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton 34209. On I-75 take exit 220 SR-64 Manatee Ave. Go west to 75th street. Travel north, the park is located at the terminus of 75th street.
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