Creating new jobs in USA is President Obama’s foremost priority for his administration.
With that idea in mind, I travelled to New England this week to emphasize the potential power of outdoor recreation and tourism in generating new jobs.
Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation industry contributes almost $730 billion to the American economy each year. banffhotelsltd.com One in twenty job is from recreation industry.
More than 12 million Americans go out for hunting; more than 30 million Americans love fishing; and three out of four Americans engage in some kind of healthy outdoor activity.
I was really surprised to know from a Canadian family, the impact of tourism and recreation. The family spent 42 days in spending their holiday exploring national parks across the U.S.During their travel, the family has stayed in local motels and hotels and ate in local restaurants. They have spent money in local establishments scaling from coast to coast.
“Our family spent almost $20,000 on our trip,” the letter reads, “almost all of it at local stores and services as we travelled. Without the National Park Service, our destination would have probably been somewhere in Europe.”
The outdoor recreational industry also boosts the local, home grown, small and big enterprises. One good example is LL Bean. LL Bean store was started 100 years ago by a man with an idea of selling waterproof boots to hunters. Now it has almost 5000 employees and its turn over is about 1.4 billion US dollars.
I visited few business establishments – L.L. Bean’s headquarters in Freeport, Maine, Bibens Ace Hardware in Colchester, Vermont, and Eastern Mountain Sports near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. These companies are involved in outdoor businesses and their growth shows the power of outdoor business in boosting the economy in New England and in other parts of US. If we promote and encourage people to involve in outdoor activity which will make them feel near to Nature, we will be promoting their knowledge and awareness in wildlife, land and water. And also improve the economy of our future.