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Tourism to War in the Pacific National Historical Park creates $13,771,500 in Economic Benefit

March 10, 2014

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 255,923 visitors to War in the Pacific National Historical Park (NHP) in 2012 spent $13.771 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 176 jobs in the local area.

aEducation Opening-9531“War in the Pacific National Historical Park is proud to welcome visitors from around the world, the US mainland, and of course locally on Guam,” said superintendent Jim Richardson. “We are delighted to share the story of the battle for Guam and the entire Pacific Theater in World War II, as we preserve the natural and historic resources of the park. 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.”

War in the Pacific NHP is open daily, from Sunday through Saturday, 362 days per year. Among the more popular activities are: kite-surfing at Asan Beach, hiking trails to historic sites, viewing exhibits and artifacts in the visitor center, snorkeling in turquoise waters, and, of course, talking with park rangers about other opportunities.


The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent). To download the report visit The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. To learn more about War in the Pacific National Historical Park visit or to learn about American Memorial Park visit To learn more about parks in Guam and how the National Park Service works with Guam communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

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