Report: Aquarium has huge economic impact

BALTIMORE - According to a recent study, the National Aquarium in Baltimore has a definite economic impact in the area.

The study conducted by Sage Policy Group, Inc. touts the aquarium as having a $319.6 million impact on the Baltimore-Washington area. The aquarium is also responsible for 3,347 jobs.

Sage was commissioned by the aquarium in attempt to determine the nonprofit organization's impact on both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

"This study demonstrates that the National Aquarium continues to be a driving force for our state's economic engine by generating vital revenue for our region and supporting jobs for our families," said Maryland governor Martin O'Malley.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore attracts more than 1.4 million visitors each year and is the top paid tourist destination in Baltimore.

The report by Sage estimates visitors to the aquarium spend nearly $25 million per year on lodging, transportation, food and gas.

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