(Courtesy of AMC) WHITE MOUNTAINS, N.H.– An economic study released by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Oct. 20 shows spending by out-of-state overnight guests to its White Mountains huts and lodges supported $17.9 million in economic activity throughout the state of New Hampshire during the study period, June 2014 to May 2015. Of that economic activity, 73 percent benefited businesses other than AMC, the study showed.
AMC guest spending also supported 191 jobs in the state during the study period. Of those jobs, 64 percent benefitted businesses other than AMC.
The study also revealed that spending by AMC guests supported $15.6 million in economic activity in the tri-county area of Coos, Carroll, and Grafton counties alone.
The study, “Economic Impact of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Huts and Lodges in New Hampshire,” was prepared for AMC by Daniel S. Lee of The Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University. It estimated the statewide economic impact of spending by overnight AMC guests as well as the impact on the tri-county area of Coos, Carroll, and Grafton counties.
The study considered the economic impact of AMC’s nonresident overnight guests only. It did not consider the impacts of spending by day visitors or New Hampshire residents.
“We are pleased to present this report on the economic impacts of AMC’s White Mountains operations on the New Hampshire economy,” said AMC President John D. Judge. “Our huts and lodges offer unique opportunities for people to get out and enjoy New Hampshire’s mountains, and it is gratifying to see the positive impacts our guests and the hut system have on economic activity and jobs in the North Country and around the state.”
AMC provides meals, lodging, and educational activities for the public at eight hikers’ huts and two roadside lodges in the White Mountains region. The huts are spaced a day’s hike apart along a 56-mile-long stretch of the Appalachian Trail.
The full study can be accessed online at www.outdoors.org/AMCeconomicimpact.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. We invite the public to support our conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.