Tourism to Lake Meredith and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument creates 20 million in Economic Benefit

By Karl Wehmhoener |

Published 03/05 2014 01:21PM

Updated 03/05 2014 04:34PM

FRITCH -- A new National Park Service report shows that visitors to Lake Meredith NRA and Alibates Flint Quarries NM in 2012 spent $20 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 278 jobs in the local area.

"Lake Meredith NRA and Alibates Flint Quarries NM are proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Robert Maguire. "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 its 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."

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery andconvenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

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