Report shows National Seashore Economic Impact

Bare BeachWELLFLEET – A new report from the National Park Service shows that 4.5 million visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore spent $185.7 million in 2013 in communities surrounding the park.

The report also shows that visitors spending supports 2,226 local jobs.

“The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value,” said George Price, National Seashore superintendent. “Cape Cod National Seashore is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy.”

The visitor spending analysis, which was peer-reviewed, was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists.

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The report shows the direct spending of $14.6 billion by 273.6 million national park visitors nationwide in communities within 60 miles of a park.

More than 237,000 jobs nationally are supported by this spending.

The largest job categories supported by visitor spending are at restaurants, bars and lodging.