By Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Visitors on the Natchez Trace Parkway spent nearly $126 million in 2012, supporting more than 1,550 jobs, a new National Park Service report shows.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported ( the figures indicate more than 5.6 million visitors used the 444-mile roadway that stretches through 41 communities in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

“We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world,” said parkway superintendent Mary Risser.

Risser said National Park tourism returns $10 for every $1 invested in the Nations Park Service.

“And it’s a big factor in our local economy as well,” she said. “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 spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and the National Park Service’s Lynn Koontz.

According to the report, most visitors’ spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, hotels, motels and other amusement and recreation businesses.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,

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