By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Tourists are spending a lot of money in Philadelphia when visiting the national parks.

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The latest figures show that in Philadelphia visitors to the local National Parks were quite valuable to the local economy, according to Jane Cowley, spokeswoman for Independence National Historical Park.

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“We have three national park units; Independence National Historical Park, Thaddeus Kosciuszko national memorial and the Edgar Allan Poe national historic site and combined 3. 6 million visitors spend a little over $150 million a year and that goes to support 2100 jobs in the local area.”

She says the money supports local jobs in hotels, restaurants, retail and transportation.

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