Grand Canyon National Park Creates Economic Benefit

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Grand Canyon [Photo courtesy Grand Canyon National Park]

Grand Canyon – A new National Park Service report shows that the 6.3 million visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2018 spent $947 million in communities near the park.

The report shows $20.2 billion of direct spending by more than 318 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 329,000 jobs nationally; 268,000 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities.

The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $40.1 billion, according to economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Egan Cornachione of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service.

Nationally, lodging expenses account for the largest share of visitor spending, about $6.8 billion in 2018. Food expenses are the second largest spending area and visitors spent $4 billion in restaurants and bars and another $1.4 billion at grocery and convenience stores.

Visitor spending on lodging supported more than 58,000 jobs and more than 61,000 jobs in restaurants across the country. Visitor spending in the recreation industries supported more than 28,000 jobs and spending in retail supported more than 20,000 jobs.

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