A new National Park Service report shows that 38,017 visitors to Tumacácori National Historical Park in 2014 spent more than $2.1 million in nearby communities.
That spending supported 32 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of nearly $2.6 million, the Park Service said.
“Tumacácori welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” Park Superintendent Bob Love said in a news release. “We are proud 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, its culture, and all that it offers.”
Love noted that the TNHP site was set aside in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, and called it “a mainstay of Santa Cruz County and Southern Arizona tourism for over a century.”
The Park Service said its peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis, which included all U.S. national parks, was conducted by one of its economists along with two others from the U.S. Geological Survey.
A similar report two years ago counted 35,158 visitors to TNHP in 2012 and estimated their spending at $1.9 million.
According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending nationwide was for lodging (30.6 percent), followed by food and beverage (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).
See a copy of the report at tinyurl.com/p6jslfa.