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Activity at LMNRA benefiting local economy

March 1, 2012

A report from the National Park Service shows that 888,000 visitors in 2010 spent $36.6 million in Lake Meredith and Alibates and communities near the park. That spending supported 500 jobs in the local area.

Activity at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument is having a positive impact on the local economy.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 888,000 visitors in 2010 spent $36.6 million in LMNRA and Alibates and communities near the park. That spending supported 500 jobs in the local area.
Park Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones said the people and business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value.
“Lake Meredith and Alibates are clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy,” she said.
Most of the spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent), followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent), and groceries (2 percent).
These figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities. They are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.
Across the United States, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.
To download the report, visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM.

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