Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research
Economics | Leisure Studies
In 2017, the National Park Service proposed an entrance fee increase across 17 park units, including Yellowstone National Park. The fee increase is proposed to help offset substantial deferred maintenance costs currently experienced across park units. This paper assesses the potential effects felt by gateway communities surrounding the parks. We identify, using Yellowstone as a case study, that even though revenue to the park may increase, spending in local communities can be expected to decrease, all else being equal.
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Sage, Jeremy L.; Nickerson, Norma P.; Miller, Zachary D.; Ocanas, Alex; and Thomsen, Jennifer, "Thinking Outside the Park - National Park Fee Increase Effects on Gateway Communities" (2017). Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research Publications. 362.