WAYNESBORO--- The lack of visitors in national parks is also having a very immediate effect on the travel industry. One hotel owner says that the lack of customers could significantly harm his business and employees.
October is a significant month in the Valley for tourism as many participate in harvest festivals and visit parks. The changing of the leaves is a popular attraction. With the parks closed, one hotel manager tells us his reservations have already dropped by 20 percent today.
Eric Washington, General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express in Waynesboro, said, "October for Waynesboro is a crucial month for our revenue, without having this month, it really hurts us because we use a lot of the funds we generate this month to get us through our winter season."
Washington says that, in order to help the country, those in power need to make a change now in order to keep the economy alive.