Yellowstone National Park Supports 7K Jobs in 2019

Yellowstone National Park Supports 7K Jobs in 2019
According to the recently released National Park Service report, tourism expenses in and around Yellowstone National Park supported about 7,000 jobs in 2019.

In 2019, approximately 4 million people visiting the world's first national park spent $ 507 million in cities within 60 miles of the park. This does not include Bozman, which is about 80 miles from the Yellowstone border, but includes the gateway cities West Yellowstone and Gardiner.

"The positive economic impacts of Yellowstone are essential to the economies of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho," said Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholey. "It is important that we continue to work with our state and local partners to balance the many benefits of tourism with our continued efforts to protect world-class resources within the park."

Yellowstone had the largest share of housing in 2019, with $ 169 million spent on residences and other accommodations near Yellowstone, followed by $ 85.9 million spent on restaurants, including providers and guides, and $ 56.4 million on entertainment. went.

According to the report, visitors to national parks jointly spent $ 21 billion on businesses in communities near the parks. That money helped maintain 340,500 jobs.

National spending near parks follows a similar pattern to spending near Yellowstone, with more money being spent on housing than anything else. Hotels and other accommodations contributed $ 7.1 billion, followed by $ 4.2 billion spent on restaurants, $ 2.16 billion on fuel, and $ 1.93 billion on retail spending nationwide.

Yellowstone closed for seven weeks on March 24 this spring to curb the spread of COVID-19. Their Wyoming tickets opened in mid-May and Montana tickets opened on June 1.

The shutdown was a success for entry companies at the beginning of the summer season, but traffic in the park has been continuous since the resumption.

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