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Accession Number PB2013-101268
Title Impacts of Visitor Spending on the Local Economy, Joshua Tree National Park, 2010.
Publication Date Apr 2012
Media Count 34p
Personal Author P. S. Cook
Abstract Joshua Tree National Park hosted 1,434,976 recreation visits in 2010. Adjustments for visitor group size and re-entries resulted in 448,217 visitor group trips to the park in 2010. Based on a 2010 Visitor Services Project survey conducted November 1622, 61% of these visitor group trips were local residents or non-locals on day trips, not including an overnight stay in the communities of Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, or Twentynine Palms. Nineteen percent of visitor group trips involved an overnight stay in lodges, hotels, motels, cabins, B&Bs, etc. in the three communities, and 9% were overnight camping stays either inside the park or in the three communities. Visitors reported their groups expenditures inside the park and in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms. The average visitor group size was 2.6 people and spent an average of $131 in the park and the three communities. Total visitor spending in 2010 inside the park and in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms was $58.8 million including $6.4 million inside the park. The greatest proportions of expenditures were for overnight accommodations (37%) and restaurants and bars (18%). Seventy-one percent of visitor groups indicated the park visit was the primary reason for their trip to the area. Counting only a portion of visitor expenses if the park visit was not the primary trip purpose yields $51.4 million in spending attributed directly to the park. The economic impact of park visitor spending was estimated by applying the spending to an input-output model of the local economy. The local region was defined as a two-county region including San Bernardino and Riverside counties, California. This region includes the park and the three communities for which spending was reported.
Keywords Communities
Economic impact
Joshua Tree National Park
National parks
Trip purpose

Source Agency National Park Service
NTIS Subject Category 48B - Natural Resource Management
91L - Recreation
96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
Corporate Author Idaho Univ., Moscow. Cooperative Park Studies Unit.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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