FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report (1.60 MB) shows that more than 264,000 visitors in 2010 spent $17 million in San Juan Island National Historical Park and in communities in the northwest Washington region. That spending supported more than 223 jobs in the area.
“San Juan Islanders and our neighbors throughout the region have long recognized the park for its values of a unique history and spectacular natural setting,” said acting park superintendent Steve Gibbons. “What has been less known is how the park adds value to the island and region as an economic resource. And that is what this report underscores.”
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).
The figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities and 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, and increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.
The report Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010 includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. For more on how the NPS is working within Washington, visit their website: o www.nps.gov/washington