March 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - In a report just released by the National Park Service (NPS), 52,554 visitors visited Thomas Edison National HIstorical Park in 2012 and spent $2.8 million in West Orange and nearby communities. According to the study, 33 local jobs were supported by visitors at TENHP.
“Thomas Edison NHP is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Thomas E. Ross.
“We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities,” Ross said.
U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz visitor conducted the spending analysis for the National Park Service.
Nationwide, there was a total of $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors within a 60-mile radius of that park. According to calculations, 243,000 jobs were supported nationally, with 201,000 of those jobs within the 60 mile-community radius.
A $26.75 billion cumulative benefit to the US economy was noted, with park visitors spending money in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent); hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts (27 percent); and other amusement and recreation locales (20 percent).
To read the report in full, visit http://www.nature.nps.ov/socialscience/economics.cfm .
Thomas Edison National Historical Park is a National Park Service site dedicated to preserving, promoting and interpreting the life and works of Thomas Alva Edison through photograph, film, audio, and artifacts. The park, built on the site of the actual Edison Laboratory Complex at 211 Main St., West Orange. In addition, Edison's estate, Glenmont, located in Lllewelyn Park off Main Street, is also open for tours.The entrance fee is $7. Children under age 16 are admitted free.
To find out more about Thomas Edison National Historical Park, visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/edis.