Glacier visitor spending tops $344 million

May 27, 2019

As the summer vacation and travel seasons open, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a 344 million in local gateway economies. These expenditures supported 5,230 jobs, 269 million in value-added spending and 275 million. Figures are available back to 2012, when visitors to Glacier Park added 633 million in local gateway regions while visiting the eight Montana sites in the National Park Service system. These expenditures supported a total of 9,540 jobs for 881 million in economic output in the state economy.

According to the annual National Park Service report, 2018 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, more than 318 million visitors spent 2 billion and total output increased by 1 billion and supported more than 15,900 jobs. Grant Kohrs Ranch drew more than 26,000 visitors who spent more than 6.8 billion in 2018. Food expenses are the second largest spending area with visitors spending 1.4 billion at grocery and convenience stores.

The peer-reviewed economics report was prepared by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Egan Cornachione of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. It includes information by parks and by states on visitor spending, the number of jobs supported by visitor spending and other statistics.

Report authors also produce an interactive tool that enables users to explore visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view annual trend data.

For more state-by-state information about national parks and how the National Park Service is working in Montana, go to http://www.nps.gov/Montana.

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