Report: Outdoor recreation spending topped $645 billion in 2011

The Western Governors’ Association, which serves the governors of 19 states, revealed in its latest report, “A Snapshot of the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation,” that Americans spent an estimated $645.6 billion on outdoor recreation in 2011. Topping outdoor recreation on the list was financial services and insurance, and outpatient health care.

It’s the first time non-motorized and motorized recreation industries have joined forces to provide a complete picture of the economic impact and importance of outdoor recreation for the economy. The WGA and five industry groups — the Motorcycle Industry Council, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Outdoor Industry Association — sponsored the study.

According to the report, recreational spending in the West was $255.6 billion in 2011, nearly 40 percent of the national total.

Activities studied included trail sports, motorcycle riding, snow sports, hunting, off-roading, biking, water sports, wildlife watching, camping and fishing.

Download the report “A Snapshot of the Impact of Outdoor Recreation” here.

The MIC will release additional motorized recreation data later this year.

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