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National Park tourism in Vermont creates $1.9 million in economic benefit

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 34,113 visitors to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont spent $1.9 million and supported 26 jobs in the state in 2013.

“Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont attracts visitors from across the country,” said Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell. “Whether they are out for an afternoon, a school field trip, or a family vacation, visitors come to have a great experience, and end up spending a little money along the way. This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy — returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service — and a big factor in our state’s economy as well, a result we can all support.”

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is Vermont’s only national park, located in Woodstock.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.

For more information visit: www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm or www.nps.gov/VERMONT.

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