by Shannon Cay
HARRISON, Ark. – A new report shows almost one and a half million visitors of the Buffalo National River spent over 62-million dollars in local tourism in 2015. The park’s superintendent Kevin Cheri says that spending resulted in 969 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of 72-million dollars:
Cheri says those numbers are higher than last year, thanks to the river being up and moderate temperatures.
The study is a peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis, conducted by an economist with the U.S Geological Survey and a representative from the National Park Service. According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was on lodging, followed by food, and then gas.
The full report can be found HERE.