WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report shows visitors to the national parks in the Washington area spent $1.37 billion in surrounding communities, based in 2011 data.
The National Park Service report released Tuesday is based on an analysis by Michigan State University. The report found there were 44.5 million visitors to national parks in the greater Washington area. Spending by visitors supported more than 17,000 jobs.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Union Says It Has Lost Confidence In Leadership Of BCPD Chief Melissa Hyatt
According to the report, the National Mall and Memorial Parks generated an economic benefit of more than $910 million. That spending came from about 24.3 million visitors in 2011. Overall, the District of Columbia saw about $1.13 billion in spending by park visitors.READ MORE: Technical Problems Raise Transparency Concerns In Latest Marilyn Mosby Criminal Case Hearing
National Parks in Virginia saw about 23.4 million visitors, generating $620 million. Maryland parks counted 6 million visitors and $157 million in spending.MORE NEWS: Hogan Calls On Franchot To 'Halt Or Minimalize' Pending Gas Tax Increase; Comptroller Says Executive Action Is Needed
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