More than 625,000 tourists visited National Parks in the state of Louisiana last year.

According to a report just released by the National Park Service those visitors spent nearly $34 million in Louisiana. 39 percent of the spending supports jobs in restaurants,grocery and convenience stores, 27 percent of the spending supports jobs in hotels, motels and bed & breakfast establishments while 20 percent of the revenues support jobs in amusement and recreation.

The report indicates that $10 is returned to the economy for every dollar invested in the National Park Service. Nationwide $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million visitors supported 243,000 jobs and benefited the American economy by $26.75 billion.

National parks in Louisiana include Jean Lafitte National Historic Park, New Orleans Jazz National Park and the Cane River Creole National Historic Park.