Tourism to Canaveral National Seashore creates $105.1 million in Economic BenefitsReport shows visitor spending supports 1,572 jobs in local economy
Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, Florida - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.7 million visitors to Canaveral National Seashore in 2015 spent $105.1 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,572 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $141.1 million.
"Canaveral National Seashore is a national treasure we share with visitors from all across the country and all over the world. Visitors are able to enjoy 24 miles of pristine beaches along an undeveloped coastline, nature trails, island campsites, as well as the rich cultural resources found within the Seashore. 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."
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $16.9 billion of direct spending by 307.2 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 295,000 jobs nationally; 252,000 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $32 billion.
According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.1 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil (11.8 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8 percent).
Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: go.nps.gov/vse.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Florida and how the National Park Service works with Florida communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/FLORIDA.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.