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National Park visitors contribute millions to Montana economy

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Bison jam on Swan Lake Flat in May 2016. (YNP/Jim Peaco photo) Bison jam on Swan Lake Flat in May 2016. (YNP/Jim Peaco photo)
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A new report released by Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke shows National Park visitors contributed more than $500 million to Montana's economy last year.  

In 2016, National Park visitors spent  $547.8 million, up from $478.3 million in 2015.  

The largest chunk of money was spent on hotels, followed by restaurants. 

Park visitation was also responsible for 9,500 jobs in Montana last year.

Nationwide 331 million park visitors spent an estimated $18.4 billion.

View the report here

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