MEMPHIS, TENN. – A newly released
economic impact study from the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research
and the Center for Manpower Studies at the University of Memphis found that the
Memphis Zoo contributes $83.8 million in total impact to the Memphis economy
and provides 879 jobs.
300,000 tourists from outside the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area visit
the Memphis Zoo each year. The Memphis
MSA includes Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee, Crittenden
County in Arkansas, and Benton, Desoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in
Mississippi. The impact of these tourist
visits is $62.1 million annually to the Memphis economy. The report found that two-thirds of the
out-of-town visitors came to Memphis primarily to visit the Memphis Zoo.
Memphis Zoo is a great quality of life asset for the City of Memphis and serves
its citizens as well as brings large numbers of tourists to visit our City,”
said Mayor A C Wharton.
over one million visitors annually, the Memphis Zoo is the number one tourist
attraction in Memphis and the sixth largest tourist attraction in the State of
Tennessee according to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
Memphis Zoo is a high value tourist attraction and an important quality of life
amenity for the residents of our Mid-South community. As one of the oldest attractions and
amenities of Memphis and Shelby County, the Zoo has been attracting visitors
for decades,” said Kevin Kane, President and CEO of the Memphis Convention and
Visitors Bureau. “Zoo visitors are
repeat visitors with a very high level of satisfaction. Our City benefits in so many ways as a result
of the work taking place to improve and maintain a state of the art amenity
like the Memphis Zoo.”
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