Delaware get first ever economic impact study for state parks
Delaware is often known for it's beautiful beaches and state parks which attract millions of visitors each and every year. But for the first time ever the state is taking a closer look to see just how vital it's 16 state parks are to the economy.
"We knew that it was an economic driver but now to have the hard facts and the data we can move forward," said Acting Director for the Division of Small Business Development & Tourism Linda Parkowski.
Delaware's State Parks are visited and enjoyed by millions of people each year and a new economic impact study is confirming just how vital these parks are to the state.
"I think people know what an incredible attraction the ocean the beaches, the beautiful natural resources we have here but this really puts it in dollars and cents," said Delaware Governor John Carney.
The study showed that more than four million people come to visit Delaware State Parks, and those parks contribute to the economy by providing more than 5,000 jobs.
"They attract visitors millions of visitors from all across the region and all over the country, there's visitors that come here and they spend money so the translation of that is it creates economic activity, jobs, six thousand jobs," said Carney.
The first ever study also provided valuable information stating that 51% of millenials say they'll be camping in the near future making Delaware's parks a prime destination.
"We've been trying to market to millennials and we know that the millennial market is enjoying camping and we're poised in Delaware to capture that market and they're the visitor of the future," said Parkowski.
Data also showed For the 2016-2017 year combined Delaware State Parks earned more than 400 million dollars.
"People come from all over the region and all over the country to enjoy its beauty to spend time at our parks and we've set records with visitations overnight ," said Carney.
Officials also add that if the state continues to invest in it's natural resources, they'll continue to have success for the future generations to come. The study added that the state parks were also a driver for off season visits that boosted the economy as well.