A new National Park Service report shows that 3,104,355 visitors to Gulf Islands National Seashore in 2015 spent $130,740,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,926 jobs and brought the seashore’s total economic impact in 2015 to $159,872,969.
Established in 1971, the seashore stretches across more than 160 miles from Mississippi to Florida and includes pristine beaches, historic Civil War era forts, and nature preserves. Key attractions include Ship Island and Fort Massachusetts in Mississippi as well as Johnson Beach, Forts Barrancas and Pickens, and the Naval Live Oaks Reservation in the Pensacola Bay Area.
“Gulf Islands National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Dan Brown. “We are delighted 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 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.”
To learn more about national parks in Florida and how the National Park Service works with Florida communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/FLORIDA.