National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

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The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS visitor spending and associated economic contributions to local and national economies. 

USGS economists develop and maintain the Visitor Spending Effects Model to estimate the economic contributions of NPS visitor spending. This model combines park visitor survey data and economic input-output models to estimate the jobs and business activity supported by NPS visitor spending.

Results from the Visitor Spending Effects report series are available online via an interactive tool. Users can view year-by-year trend data and explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and economic output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. This interactive tool is available at here.