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Posted: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 10:11 AM HST

National Park visits boost local economy

By 67AM KPUA News

A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2013 shows that Hawaii Volcanoes National Park attracted nearly 1.6 million visitors who spent $124.9 million in communities near the park and supported 1,476 jobs locally.

The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs). The 2013 report showed visitor traffic rising 6.7 percent from the previous year, while spending jumped by 10.2 percent.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas, Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the NPS.



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