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Yellowstone and Grand Teton near top of list in visitor spending

Only a handful of National Park Service destinations generate the magnitude of spending by visitors in gateway communities as the powerful duo of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The 241-mile Blue Ridge Parkway cresting the southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina is the only Park Service attraction to fuel more visitor spending than Yellowstone and Grand Teton, according to a Park Service report released this week titled 2012 National Park Visitor Spending Effects. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton and Yellowstone drew more than $750 million in tourist spending in 2010

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and their gateway communities received more than $750 million in tourist spending that supported more than 11,000 jobs in 2010, according to a new report from the National Park Service. The study found that national park visitors nationwide pumped more than $31 billion into local economies and supported 258,000 jobs in 2010, offering a counterpoint to energy industry advocates who want fewer limits on federal lands managed by Salazar, including environmentally sensitive areas near parks. Continue Reading →

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