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A sign stands at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Report shows Smokies tourism pumped $874 million into local economies in 2015

A new National Park Service reports shows that the 10.7 million visitors who visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2015 spent $873,886,5000 in nearby communities.

According to the report, that spending supported 13,709 jobs in the local economy. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey, and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service.

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