SHILOH, Tenn. – A new National Park Service report shows that 421,863 visitors to Shiloh National Military Park in 2016 spent $24,665,800 in communities near the park. The impact supported 394 jobs in the local areas and had a cumulative benefit to the local economies of $28,763,600.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service.
For Tennessee, the report shows that there were 9,401,903 visitors to national park units, with $664.7 million in spending in the communities near the parks, supporting 10,239 jobs in the local areas.
Nationwide, the report shows $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $34.9 billion.
According to the 2016 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.2 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.2 percent), gas and oil (11.7 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (9.7 percent), local transportation (7.4 percent), and camping fees (2.5 percent).
Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage at www.go.nps.gov/vse.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
Shiloh National Military Park was established Dec. 27, 1894. Shiloh Battlefield preserves the scene of the two-day battle, April 6-7, 1862, involving nearly 110,000 Union and Confederate troops and resulting in 23,746 casualties. This decisive Union victory enabled United States forces to advance on and seize control of the strategic Confederate railway junction May 30, 1862 at Corinth, Mississippi. The fighting for Corinth renewed Oct. 3-4, 1862 with the engagement ending Oct. 5 at Davis Bridge.
To learn more about national parks in Tennessee and how the National Park Service works with communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, visit www.nps.gov/tennessee.
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