North Dakota national park tourism has $65.5m impact on state economy

 Tuesday, July 9, 2019 

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Visitors to the national parks of North Dakota spent $49.6 million dollars in nearby communities in 2018 as per the study of National Park Service (NPS). About 733,000 people visited Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota supporting 695 jobs in the surrounding areas and having a cumulative benefit to the state economy of U.S. dollars 65.5 million. The peer-reviewed spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Egan Cornachione of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows that nationwide more than 318 million park visitors spent U.S. dollars 20.2 billion in communities located within 60 miles of a national park. That spending supported 329,000 jobs nationally; 268,000 of those jobs are found in gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was U.S. dollars 40.1 billion. The report authors also produced an interactive tool that enables users to explore visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state and local economies. Year-by-year trend data can also be viewed. In 2017, visitors to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and two western North Dakota national historic sites spent U.S. dollars 45.6 million in communities near these tourism attractions.It had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of U.S. dollars 56.7 million. National parks are indeed a key booster to state tourism.

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