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National Park Service report says visitors support local jobs

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The Fort Pulaski National Monument garnered 385,751 visitorsin 2012, who spent $22,865,000 in communities near the park, according to a newNational Park Service report.

That spending supported 307 jobs in the local area.

"Fort Pulaski National Monument is proud to welcome visitorsfrom across the country and around the world," said Superintendent MelissaMemory, in a statement. "We are delighted to share the story of this place andthe experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce ourvisitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National parktourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 forevery $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it's a big factor in ourlocal economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of ourneighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain localcommunities."

The spending analysis was conducted by U.S. GeologicalSurvey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and by LynneKoontz of the National Parks Service.

The report showed $14.7 billion in direct spending by 238million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.

Two hundred and forty-three thousand jobs were supportednationally and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report, most visitor spending supportedjobs in restaraunts, grocery and convienence stores, hotels, motels and bed andbreakfasts.

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

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