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Tourism to the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Sites creates $ 33 million in economic benefit

HYDE PARK – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 632,000 visitors to the Home of FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Sites in 2012 spent $ 33 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 398 jobs in the local area.

“The Roosevelt and Vanderbilt Sites are proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Sarah Olson. “We are delighted to share the story of these special places and the experiences they provide and to use the parks as a way to introduce our visitors to the Hudson River Valley and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

To download the report visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm
To learn more about national parks in New York and how the National Park Service works with New York communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/NEWYORK.