This chapter gives a brief overview of the data and methods used by the US National Park Service to estimate the economic impacts and contributions of park visitor spending to local and regional economies. Topics covered include an overview of required data (visitor count data, spending profiles, and economic multipliers), a description of how these data are combined to estimate visitor spending and economic effects, and a discussion of how results can be used. The chapter concludes with an applied example for Yosemite National Park and shows how park level data can be combined to estimate state and national level visitor spending effects.
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