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Haleakala National Park a boost to local economy

March 8, 2012
The Maui Weekly

A report released by the National Park Service indicated that 1,105,606 visitors to the park spent $74,966,000 in 2010. The spending created 861 jobs in the park and surrounding areas.

"The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said. "Haleakala National Park is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."

Fifty-four percent of the spending was attributed to lodging, food and beverage services, while 29 accounted for other retail, 10 percent for entertainment, 7 percent for gas and local transportation and 2 percent for groceries.

The amounts we tabulated based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and surrounding communities. The report is an annual, peer reviewed, vendor-spending analysis conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park service.



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