Yosemite Economic Impact
Yosemite Waterfall 2011
Yosemite, CA -- A newly released National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the more than 4 million visitors to Yosemite in 2010 spent $354.7 million in the park and the surrounding communities. That spending supported more than 4,600 jobs in the area.
The figures are based on a national study of the $12 billion 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.
Yosemite Park Ranger Scott Gediman says, "Yosemite National Park is a huge economic component of the area."
The report found that most of the spending and jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52%) followed by other retail (29%), entertainment/amusements (10%), gas and local transportation (7%) and groceries (2%).
Across the U.S., 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 11,5000 jobs over 2009.
To download the report, visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
Written by Sabrina Ambler