A new report from the National Park Service says areas surrounding the Grand Canyon benefited last year from millions of tourism dollars.

Grand Canyon National Park officials say the report found the 6.3 million people who visited in 2018 spent $947 million in communities near the park.

They say that spending helped support more than 12,500 local jobs.

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2015 file photo, a visitor loads his bike on a shuttle bus at Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. A new report from the National Park Service says areas surrounding the Grand Canyon benefited last year from millions of tourism dollars. Grand Canyon National Park officials say the report found the 6.3 million people who visited in 2018 spent $947 million in communities near the park. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)
FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2015 file photo, a visitor loads his bike on a shuttle bus at Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. A new report from the National Park Service says areas surrounding the Grand Canyon benefited last year from millions of tourism dollars. Grand Canyon National Park officials say the report found the 6.3 million people who visited in 2018 spent $947 million in communities near the park. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

Acting Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum says the National Park Service appreciates the services that the Grand Canyon’s neighbors offer to visitors.

According to the report, 318 million visitors contributed more than $20 billion of direct spending in communities within 60 miles (97 kilometers) of a national park.

FILE - This August, 2009 file photo shows Camper Village in Tusayan, Ariz, a town on the road to the Grand Canyon's South Rim. A new report from the National Park Service says areas surrounding the Grand Canyon benefited last year from millions of tourism dollars. Grand Canyon National Park officials say the report found the 6.3 million people who visited in 2018 spent $947 million in communities near the park. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP, File)
FILE – This August, 2009 file photo shows Camper Village in Tusayan, Ariz, a town on the road to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. A new report from the National Park Service says areas surrounding the Grand Canyon benefited last year from millions of tourism dollars. Grand Canyon National Park officials say the report found the 6.3 million people who visited in 2018 spent $947 million in communities near the park. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP, File)