March 5, 2014 —
UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 255,586 visitors to Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River in 2012 spent $10,152,000 in communities near the park unit. That spending supported 105 jobs in the local area.
“Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Acting Superintendent Malcolm T. Wilbur. “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.”
“The Upper Delaware River is a vastly underestimated economic engine in this five-county, New York and Pennsylvania region, and I’m not at all surprised that this independent study is beginning to reveal that fact. The untapped potential from river recreation-related industry and its spin-off effects is enormous,” said Andrew Boyar, 2014 chairman of the Upper Delaware Council, the non-profit organization that coordinates the federal-state-local partnership working toward the river’s conservation and enhancement.
According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39%); hotels, motels, and B&Bs (27%); and other amusement and recreation (20%).