YNP Tourism Creates Over $642 Million in Economic Benefits
It may dip a bit this year but that's so much money.
Yellowstone National Park released a report on the economic benefits from tourism in 2019 and it's huge.
While over four million visited Yellowstone National Park last year in 2019 and those toursits spent over $507 million dollars in surrounding areas. That's absolutely incredible.
Not only that, but 2019 Yellowstone tourism had a total of $642 million dollars in cumulative benefit to the local economy.
Many small towns near Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming depend on tourism during the late spring through early fall for business to last them through the winter.
When the park finally opened it's gates just a few weeks ago, there was a huge influx of visitors from all over the country. Not only to get away from COVID-19 but to see Yellowstone's beauty.
Yellowstone National Park has seen a drop in visitors the past few years but Yellowstone has been looking to update the park with new facilities for outdoor camping and possibly even adding WiFi in certain areas of the park.
Updating Yellowstone National Park will not only bring in more visitors but that means it will also bring in more tourism dollars for all surrounding areas, that includes Bozeman.
Many of the tourists are flying in to see Yellowstone from the Bozeman Airport and are staying right here in Bozeman before going to the park.
Even though 2020 has been a weird year with COVID-19, the numbers might dip a bit in tourism for Yellowstone when next year's report comes out but we can all probably guess everyone will want to come and visit Yellowstone in 2021.
For more details on the report, check out Yellowstone National Park.