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) Mime-Version: 1.0 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).