Final Case Study for the National Scenic Byways Study: Economic Impact of Travel on Scenic Byways
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Final Case Study for the National Scenic Byways Study: Economic Impact of Travel on Scenic Byways

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    Scenic roads and byways are designated as such and valued because of their unique aesthetic, cultural, or historical significance. However, scenic byways also make important economic contributions to the states and local regions where they are located. The U.S. Travel Data Center employed two different methods to estimate the economic impact that travelers on scenic byways make to state and local economies. Scenic byways were mapped in nine states and across the counties containing scenic byways. Counties containing scenic byways were "screened" to eliminate the economic effects of urban areas, airports, major resorts, and other major roads such as interstate highways. Within the nine states, thirty-three scenic byways located in forty-five counties were available for analysis. These were generally the most rural counties and scenic byways because of the screening process. The economic impact of travelers for each of the screened counties was obtained from the U.S. Travel Data Center's Travel Economic Impact Model, and these county estimates were proportioned to each scenic byway on the basis of highway miles within the county. Estimates were developed for the years 1988 and 1986.
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