Teton Tourism: the impact is real

A new report released today concludes that visitors to Grand Teton National Park in 2015 spent an estimated $560 million in local gateway communities. The ripple effects of that spending had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $728 million and supported 8,862 jobs in nearby communities such as Jackson, Teton Village, and Dubois, WY as well as Victor and Driggs, ID. As it did in 2014, Grand Teton ranked among the top five national park areas in terms of economic benefit along with Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Denali National Park & Preserve. “My staff, as well as that of our partners and concessioners, welcomed over 3.1 million recreational visitors to Grand Teton National Park in 2015,” said Superintendent David Vela. “We are proud to share the story of this place with those visitors and introduce them to this part of the country.” According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.1 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil (11.8 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8 percent). *h/t Jim Hagstrom / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news