HVNP tourism cre­ates nearly $2M ben­e­fit to lo­cal econ­omy

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

A Na­tional Park Ser­vice re­port shows 1,887,580 vis­i­tors to Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park in 2016 spent $159,195,500 in com­mu­ni­ties near the park. That spend­ing sup­ported 1,917 jobs in the lo­cal area and had a cu­mu­la­tive ben­e­fit to the lo­cal econ­omy of $199,923,400.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to see the steady in­crease in both vis­i­ta­tion to Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park and the con­sis­tent eco­nomic ben­e­fit park vis­i­tors pro­vide to our Hawaii Is­land com­mu­nity in the way of jobs and their spend­ing,” said park su­per­in­ten­dent Cindy Or­lando.

“We no­ticed the in­crease in vis­i­ta­tion from the start of 2016, which marked the 100th an­niver­sary of both the Na­tional Park Ser­vice and Hawaii Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park. When lava from Ki­lauea reached the ocean last sum­mer, cou­pled with the ease of steady view­ing of the sum­mit lava lake, vis­i­ta­tion con­tin­ued to climb.”

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

The re­port in­cludes in­for­ma­tion about vis­i­tor spend­ing at in­di­vid­ual parks and by state. To learn more about na­tional parks in Hawaii and how the Na­tional Park Ser­vice works with com­mu­ni­ties to help pre­serve lo­cal his­tory, con­serve the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­vide out­door re­cre­ation, visit www.nps.gov/Hawaii.

JAN­ICE WEI/Na­tional Park Ser­vice

Vis­i­tors ob­serve the Ki­lauea sum­mit lava lake in March from the Jag­gar Mu­seum ob­ser­va­tion deck.

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