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  • National report shows Oregon Caves brings $4.8 million to economy

  • A National Park Service report shows that 72,717 visitors to Oregon Caves National Monument in 2013 spent nearly $4.8 million in communities near the park, supporting 70 jobs in the local area.
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  • A National Park Service report shows that 72,717 visitors to Oregon Caves National Monument in 2013 spent nearly $4.8 million in communities near the park, supporting 70 jobs in the local area.
    Monument Superintendent Vicki Snitzler noted the park's impact in a statement: "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. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities."
    The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service.
    The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. The spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in those communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.
    According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent).
    The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars, with approximately 50,000 jobs, and lodging, with approximately 38,000 jobs.
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