From USFSP News Center – Posted by Tom Scherberger

CLEARWATER (Aug. 15, 2012) – A new study by the USF St. Petersburg College of Business has found that the local economic impact of the movie DolphinTale will total more than a half-billion dollars next year and will triple by 2016. The impact on the local economy totals $5 billion over five years, the study found.

The impact of the popular family film was spread across all sectors of the local economy, from hotels to taxis, but was felt most directly at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where the real-life story is set.

The film had a two-fold impact on the local economy, the study found, generating jobs in 2010 during 55 days of production and continuing after it became one of the most popular films in the country. The impact will continue to grow through 2016.

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