Report shows visitor spending supports 842 jobs in local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,296,437 visitors to Ozark National Scenic Riverways in 2014 spent $53,912,000 in communities near the park.

That spending supported 842 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $58,266,600.

“Ozark National Scenic Riverways welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Acting Superintendent Larry Johnson. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers.

“National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

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