Yellowstone National Park Tourism Raises $400 Million In Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,447,729 visitors to Yellowstone National Park in 2012 spent $400, 346,500 in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,619 jobs in the local area. According to a news release, the peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists 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.