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Memphis Zoo Contributes $83 Million to Local and State Economy

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.                     

Over 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.                     

“The 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.                      

With 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.                     

“The 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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