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Grand Canyon National Park tourism generated $710 million for local economy in 2021

Jun 28, 2022, 4:35 AM | Updated: 11:17 am

(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon NPS)...

(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon NPS)

(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon NPS)

PHOENIX — Tourism in Grand Canyon National Park brought in $710 million for the local economy in 2021, according to a report released Monday.

The park’s 4.5 million visitors last year spurred the spending and supported nearly 9,500 jobs in the area, the peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis conducted by economists at the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed.

“Grand Canyon is proud to be welcoming back more visitors from across the country and world since the beginning of the pandemic,” Superintendent Ed Keable said in a press release.

“We appreciate and rely on the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The economic impact provided a nice rebound from the pandemic-affected 2020, but not as high as the previous two years before COVID-19.

Visitor spending in 2020 was $433 million. In 2018, tourism brought in $947 million before $891 million in revenue in 2019.

Nationally, $20.5 billion in direct spending was spread across 297 million park visitors, resulting in $42.5 billion for the U.S. economy.

That spending supported 322,600 jobs nationally in 2021.

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Grand Canyon National Park tourism generated $710 million for local economy in 2021