SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A study released Monday estimated that the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park had an $876 million impact on the local economy in 2012.
The report by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and Applied Development Economics of Walnut Creek found that around 9,920 jobs were dependent on San Diego Zoo Global, which employed about 2,300 people and had a payroll of $117 million.
"Tourists who come to San Diego primarily to visit the Zoo or Safari Park spend more than $250 million dollars at other businesses in our county," said taxpayers association economist Sean Karafin.
Tourists make up 57 percent of the visitors to the zoo and 21 percent to the Safari Park, the inland North County facility that used to be known as the Wild Animal Park.
The study found that by attracting guests from out of town, the zoo brings outside money to the region, which creates jobs. Visitors will also spend money at hotels, restaurants and other theme parks, the SDCTA said.
Also, the zoo was responsible for $76.1 million in state and local tax revenue in 2012, according to the report. The figure breaks down to $27.5 million in sales taxes, $7.9 million in hotel taxes, $1 million for the tax that funds San Diego's Tourism Marketing District and $19.9 million in property taxes.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.