A five year study and survey of 27,000 people reveals visitors experience much satisfaction with Texas state parks, according to the Feb. 2010 release from Texas Park and Wildlife and Sam Houston University.
Information from a different Texas A&M University 2005 research report, focusing on 80 state parks, revealed $793 million in retail sales were generated by those parks. This represented $456 million impact on residents’ income and created roughly 11,928 jobs.
The typical visitor to a state park is a middle-aged white non-Hispanic from out of town traveling with a spouse or other family member, but no children, to camp, hike, relax or just enjoy the scenery according to the latest study.
This current study was based on a comprehensive statewide visitor survey between 2002 and 2007 at 70 state parks.
Compiled and analyzed by Sam Houston University, the study indicates Texas state parks are a major tourism draw to the local area.
Two-thirds of the park visitors travel to the area for the primary purpose of visiting the park. One-third said they visit other attractions in the nearby area and stay overnight in local area accommodations other than the park.
A majority of 94% of the visitors say they were satisfied with their visit to a state park, with 65% saying they were “very satisfied,” and 29% “satisfied.”
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