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Parks Bring Big Dollars to Gateways

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The National Park Service has released a report after an analysis of 2010 visitation to the nation’s parks, and analysts say that park visitors spent $12.13-billion in the local gateway regions.  The report says this includes approximately 60-miles circumference around the parks. Half of that spending, says the report, was for lodging and meals with the other half paid for local transportation, amusements, groceries and retail purchases. States receiving the greatest economic effects from NPS visitor and payroll spending are California; Washington, D.C.; Arizona; North Carolina; Utah; and Wyoming.  The report says Wyoming specifically enjoyed nearly $11-million in non-local visitor spending.

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