BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,304,667 visitors in 2010 spent $88,258,000 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,162 jobs in the local area.
"Communities near national parks have always understood their positive fiscal impact," Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said. "Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, the most popular destination on the island of Hawai'i and one of the most visited attractions statewide, is vital to the economic well-being both of our island and state economies."
In 2011, an estimated 1,352,122 people visited Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, an increase of 3.6 percent from 2010.
Most of the 2010 spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent) followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent) and groceries (2 percent).
CLick here to download the report the and then click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.