|Published: 7:54 PM, 03/01/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
GATLINBURG—A new National Park Service (NPS) report for
2011 shows that the 9,008,830 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
spent $818 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending
supported 11,732 jobs in the local area.
“Visitors from across the U.S. come to Great Smoky
Mountains National Park to experience the unique natural and historic
attractions, which has a tremendous economic impact on eastern Tennessee,
western North Carolina, and especially the Park’s gateway communities,” said
Superintendent Dale Ditmanson.
The information on Great Smoky Mountains National Park is
part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the
country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service.
For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park
visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That visitor
spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported
252,000 jobs nationwide.
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