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National park tourism in Ohio creates $156.7 million in economic benefit

National park tourism in Ohio creates $156.7 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,611,158 visitors to national parks in Ohio spent $156.7 million and supported 2,437 jobs in the state in 2012.

“The national parks of Ohio attract visitors from across the country and around the world and provide premiere historical, cultural, natural, and recreational experiences,” said NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds.  “This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested. Funding generated by national parks has a swift and direct positive impact on local economies in Ohio as well.”

The national parks in Ohio are:  Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Xenia; Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville; Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton; First Ladies National Historic Site, Canton; Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe; James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor; Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay; and William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati.

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). The report showed that Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Park on Put-in-Bay had 140,281 total visits in 2012. Total visitor spending was estimated at $11,497,000. The estimated number of jobs created was 212, for labor income of $6, 301,300 and value added of $10,335, 700, for total output of $17,171,700.

To download the report visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.

The report includes information for visitor spending by park and by state. 

To learn more about national parks in Ohio and how the National Park Service works with Ohio communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/OHIO.

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