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Report: National Aquarium draws out-of-state money

Wednesday - 12/5/2012, 7:46am  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) - The National Aquarium in Baltimore is drawing millions of out- of-state dollars into Baltimore. That's according to a new economic impact report.

The report to be released Wednesday estimates that the aquarium has an economic impact of nearly $320 million in the Baltimore-Washington region.

The Baltimore Sun reports the aquarium commissioned the report, which is being released as it prepares to seek a capital grant from the state to help renovate one of its main exhibits.

The report found the aquarium is the city's top paid tourist attraction, accounting for nearly $18 million in revenues for the city and state. And it found most visitors said they came from out-of-state and the aquarium was the reason.

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