Economic impact big from record visitors to national parks
March 15, 2013 by James
The National Park Service recently announced that the Charles Pinckney Historic Site in Mt. Pleasant and Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor drew close to one million visitors in 2011, which was able to make a substantial impact on the local economy, particularly for the Mt. Pleasant area. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing are being used by the Park Service to highlight this impact and the benefits that have been derived.
The particular statistics show that the two parks, which make up the Fort Sumter group of parks, alone drew about 900,000 visitors, who spent $24m dollars on hotels, restaurants, and the like in surrounding areas. Travel in the parks also provides employment for 312 people.
According to Timothy Stone, park superintendent, learning about American history is one of the major features of the two parks. They attract people from all across the United States who not only experience their beauty, but also spend money in the neighboring communities as they enjoy their services and offerings.
The Charles Pinckney Historic Site is named after the man who participated in writing the Constitution of the United States and was one of its signatories. The site is a vestige of the plantation he had along the coast and has been preserved by the National Park Service as a way to tell the story of his life, his public service contributions, and the tales of the lives of those African-Americans who were enslaved in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, as well as how they influenced Pinckney.