Visitors to National Park Spent $1.6 Million Near Park

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 28,893 visitors to National Park of American Samoa in 2016 spent $1,689,300 in communities near the park.

That spending supported 21 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $2,070,200.

“I am thrilled that so many folks are coming out to see their national park,” said Park Superintendent Scott Burch.

“It’s good to keep in mind that these numbers are in addition to the jobs and economic benefits the park provides directly to its employees and associated villages.

“Our visitation continues to increase steadily, and the park is proud and honored to be a part of a growing economy in American Samoa.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the NPS.

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