1.2 million people visited the San Antonio Spanish Colonial Missions in 2018, spending $88 million in their visit and resulting in a $130 million economic benefit for the community last year, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The Missions supported 1295 jobs in San Antonio.
The visitor spending in 2018 was up $11.8 million from 2017, even though more people actually visited the Missions in 2017 than last year. That drop is total visits is believed to be connected to the wide variety of events that took place in San Antonio in 2018, like the NCAA Final Four, which attracted a different type of tourist than usually comes to San Antonio.
“San Antonio Missions National Historical Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Mardi Arce. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to south Texas and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy in San Antonio as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”
The visitor spencding includes lodging, meals, groceries, and visits to other attractions.
The study was done by the National Park Service.