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Nature tourism and recreation generates over $20 billion in economic activity and 234,000 jobs

Localized Studies of Expenditures by Nature Tourists in Communities

A 1993 study in Texas found that a typical American birdwatcher spends nearly $700 in the State on a vacation, and foreign tourists each spend nearly $1,900. Another study of ten National wildlife refuges in 1993-94 estimated direct annual expenditures in surrounding communities by visitors:

National Wildlife Refuge Visitors/yr. Local expenditures Avg. visitor's local spending Chincoteague (VA) 95,970 $9.71 million $62 - $101 Salton Sea (CA) 60,000 $3.1 million $38 - $57 Santa Ana (TX) 99,000 $14.42 million $88 - $145 Bosque del Apache (NM) 90,788 $3.3 million $25 - $37 Quivira (KS) 27,855 $636,000 $29 - $37 Laguna Atascosa (TX) 82,000 $3.98 to $5.63 million $83 - $117 Magee Wildlife Mgmt. 432,722 $5.61 million $21 - $29 Mgmt./Ottawa (OH) Edwin B. Forsythe (NJ) 130,000 $4.01 million $25 - $41

Help for Communities and Entrepreneurs

A multitude of resources are available to local governments, communities, tourism business entrepreneurs, nongovernment organizations, and concerned communities who want to develop and promote nature-based tourism. Planning and technical assistance are available to help develop nature tourism plans from, for example:

State nature tourism associations State Sea Grant Programs State universities, departments of recreation, parks, economics, and hotel management State parks and fish and wildlife departments National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior United States Tourist Council Other communities who can share their experiences promoting nature tourism

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