Tourists brought money in 2017

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A “visitor spending analysis” by the National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey economists found that Acadia’s 3.5 million visits last year resulted in $284 million spent in the “local region.”

That is $10 million more than the spending study for the previous year found.

According to the report on the 2017 study, visitor spending supported about 4,163 jobs, the same as last year, and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $338 million.

However, the study’s definition of the “local” Acadia region is quite generous. It includes all of the counties within 60 miles of the park. That means the study counted spending in all of Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties.

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