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National Park sites pumped nearly $300M into Pa. economy last year


Tourist get a guided tour on LIttle Roundtop within Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa., Jul. 1, 2021. Mark Pynes | The 6.3 million visitors to the 26 National Park Service (NPS) sites in Pennsylvania last year spent an estimated $298 million in the state, according to the service.

That was Pennsylvania’s piece of a much larger national pie, which the NPS report “2021 National Park Visitor Spending Effects” placed at approximately 297 million visitors spending $20.5 billion in communities within 60 miles of a national park and creating 322,600 jobs.

NPS sites in Pennsylvania were calculated to have created 4,510 jobs in 2021, which was an increase from 3,340 in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, but still below the 7,560 jobs in 2019 and the peak of 8,570 jobs in 2016.

Spending around the NPS sites in the state followed the same pattern, increasing from $209 million in 2020, but remaining down from $479 million in 2019 and far below the peak of $516 million in 2016.

Last year’s NPS-related spending in 2021 went to hotels/motels, 27.48 percent, $82 million; restaurants, 23.02 percent, $68.7 million; gas, 14.62 percent, $43.6 million; recreational industries, 13.09 percent, $39.1 million; retail, 9.57 […]

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