Feb 28, 2012 5:26 PM by Adam Bell (KBZK Bozeman)
WEST YELLOWSTONE- A new report released by the National Park Service shows that 3.64 million visitors in 2010 spent over $334 million in Yellowstone National Park and in communities near the park.
That spending supported nearly 4,900 jobs in the local area. Most of this spending and jobs, 52% are related to lodging, food, and beverage service. Other retail accounted for 29%, followed by entertainment/amusements at 10%, gas and local transportation were 7% and groceries made up 2%.
These figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities. This is all part of an annual report conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.
Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.