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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

National Parks Bring Dollars, Jobs To Utah Communities

Utah's National Parks are vitally important to the state's economy, according to a new report by the Park Service and Michigan State University. The Deseret News has this article about the report. Below are excerpts.

Utah is No. 5 among the states and the District of Columbia in the money that it reaps from nonlocal visitors to national park units, according to a study by the National Park Service and Michigan State University.

The report said that nonlocal visitors to Utah's National Park Service units in 2007 spent $484.6 million on food, hotels, souvenirs, gasoline and other items in communities within 50 miles of a park.

The study said that visitor spending supported 10,234 jobs in Utah near its parks. Payrolls from the parks themselves funded another 913 jobs. National park units in Utah supported 11,147 jobs overall in the state.

Read the entire article.


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