Government Shutdown Impacts Tourism in Page County

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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PAGE COUNTY, Va. -- Due to the shutdown, local economies are losing $76 million per day from people not being able to visit National parks or monuments, according to USA Today.

Page County businesses have reported a 25 to 50 percent loss since October 1.

John Robbins, the director of the Luray Page County Chamber of Commerce, said October is the most important month of the year for tourism for this area.

He said 250,000 people usually visit Shenandoah National Park, which brings in $10 million of revenue to the surrounding counties.

With the park closed, people have cancelled bookings and businesses have slowed down.

"I really doubt we will be able to recoup the money we have already lost. We have already lost half of the month. Even if the shutdown ended today, 50 percent of that revenue is gone" said Robbins.

Last year Page County made $61 million from tourism alone.

Robbins said right now they are encouraging people to come to the area to enjoy other activities.

They are also actively writing letters to Congress to end the shutdown.


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