According to President Obama, the creation of new jobs is the most important goal of his administration, and should always remain the same.
Taking step towards the goal, in order to reveal the power and importance of outdoor recreation and tourism in job creation, he visited New England this week. It is worth noting that almost one out of twenty jobs is in the outdoor recreation category, which, surprisingly, is more than the number of doctors, teachers and lawyers. colchester weather In the US, an estimated amount of $730 billion is generated yearly from the jobs such as hunting and fishing.
Surveys show that three out of four Americans get involved in outdoor healthy activities on a regular basis. Moreover, the numbers of Americans who fish and hunt are 30 million and 12 million respectively.
A letter sent by a Canadian family to the President was enough to exhibit the true importance and potential of outdoor recreation and tourism. The letter made it clear that the Canadian family explored a number of national parks in the US, spending almost a whooping number of 42 days on road. In addition to eating in restaurants and purchasing various local goods, the family stayed in hotels as well as motels. All these were possible due to the National Park Service, because the letter implied that the family would have been somewhere in Europe if the service did not exist. During the visit, an estimated $20,000 was spent on local businesses and products by the Canadian family.
In the outdoor recreation category, there are some notable small as well as large businesses in New England, which are key players in boosting the economy. One such business is L. L. Bean, which was started by a single man as an attempt to sell waterproof boots to hunters. The business, notably, has grown really large over the years, generating almost 1.4 billion in revenue, and employing nearly 5000 people.
The businesses visited by Obama, including L.L.Bean’s headquarters in a number of different locations, imply the immense importance of outdoor recreation and tourism, especially as far as the economy is concerned.