Even though the Obama administration has allowed states to shoulder the cost of re-opening national parks, it’s estimated that the U.S. tourism industry is losing more than $150 million a day. Here are just a few shocking statistics of the shutdown so far.
- 152 million: The amount of money U.S. is losing EVERY DAY in economic output because of lost travel-related activity, according to Roger Dow, president of U.S. Travel.
- 100 million: The estimated economic impact of the shutdown in Utah, according to Governor Gary Herbert.
- 76 million: The amount of money lost by parks and the surrounding communities every day, according to an estimate by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.
- 14 million: The economic impact the shutdown has caused the 600 operators who are members of the National Tour Association (NTA).
- 11.8 million: Dollars the Grand Canyon National Park has lost in spending from an estimated 120,000 potential visitors. In the fall, the park draws about 18,000 people a day, who add $1 million a day to the local economy.
- 8 million: The amount the nation’s hotel industry is losing per day, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. There is a 12 percent drop in business compared with the same period last year.
- 1.67 million: The amount Utah has paid to the to the U.S. government to re-open its five national parks 10 days after the shutdown.
- 450,000: The number of U.S. workers in the travel industry who are being affected by the shutdown, per U.S. Travel.
- 700,000: The people who would have been visiting national parks each day.
- 651,000: The total cost Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has spent to keep the Grand Canyon open for seven days. This is down from the $112,000 a day originally requested by the U.S. government.
- 360,000: The total cost Colorado is paying to re-open Rocky Mountain National Park for 10 days. Opening the park will allow visitors to reach Estes Park, which needs the tourist dollars to recover from recent flooding.
- 61,000: The amount New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is paying per day to fund Park Service personnel for the Statue of Liberty.
For more information on the shutdown, check out:
- How the Government Shutdown Impacted Travel in Just One Week
- TSA Blames Shutdown for 9-Year-Old Evading Security
- Foreign Governments Warn against US Travel in Shutdown
- How the government shutdown is affecting travel industry
- Visit State Parks in Government Shutdown
By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com