Message #72:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Heritage Tourism Pumps Up the Economy
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 14:25:27 -0700 (MST)
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From: edotte01@INTERSERV.COM (Edward Otter)
To: HISTARCH@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU (Multiple recipients of list HISTARCH)
Subject: Re: tourism & archaeology
Date: Thu, 29 Feb
    
I picked up a flyer at a small museum conference with preservation
related tourism statistics from Virginia.  73% of first time visitors 
saw historic resources.  This is more than double any other attraction
listed.  In estimated tourist dollars, historic preservation visitors 
spent $423.00 per trip as compared to $180.00 per trip for other 
visitors.  Also, historic preservation visitors stayed, on average, 
4.7 nights as compared to 3.3 nights for other visitors.
    
This information should be of use to any and all archaeologists
trying to maintain programs and funding in face of the current political 
climate. Tourism is big bucks and historic preservation is the biggest 
single attraction for tourists (at least in Virginia).