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Travel with the great losses of the shutdown

connectVideoial government shutdown to create large losses for the travel and tourism industry

The U.S. Travel Association says that the shutdown cost their industry more than $150 million per day, and approximately 82 percent of the tour operators say that they made the changes to their itineraries.

Road trip? For many holidaymakers around the country, travel plans stuck in neutral, as the government shutdown drags on with no end in sight. “It is frustrating. It seems like we do this more and more, year after year,” says Eric Kelso, a frequent parks visitor, who cut his trip to Joshua Tree National Park shortly this year.

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Most of the national parks, museums, and other public institutions remain shuttered for the time, causing many travelers to spend their holiday plans or scrap them altogether. Sarah Ellis Sparks made a long trip to Washington and to America to discover the history of the Smithsonian and other institutions, only to be met with disappointment in place of the national estimate. “They should be all open because people are coming from when…I’m from Alabama, I flew down here — there’s nothing to see,” she said.

Holidaymakers are not the only ones feeling the squeeze. The U.S. Travel Association reports the shutdown will cost the industry more than 150 million dollars per day. That means tour operations necessary to change plans. Approximately 82 percent say that they have changed the routes – with almost half reporting major cancellations. “They are more reduced in terms of which parts of the industry. You know, the parks are open, but certain parts or components of the parks are closed,” said Zach Burau, founder of the subscription travel service Wanderlift.

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It is a big gamble for holidaymakers to roll the dice and go on with their plans. Many visitors visit the park, such as Sven Schumacher, saying they need to search for non-government services, and stay – sometimes at a higher price. “They are independent from the government shutdown that was good for us, and we also had to choose them, because on the homepages and also on the phones of the people were not available so there was a huge impact.” The gamble isn’t paying off for hotels, cost the industry eight million dollars per day.

Travel experts expect that the losses keep piling up as long as the government remains shut down. “If this thing goes on past a month and a half or two months, I think you’ll see that there effects, and then the severity of these effects may continue if the closure continues,” Burau said.

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A prolonged shutdown could affect his journey further on the road when it comes to booking travel now. Approximately 800,000 federal employees are expected to miss a paycheck this week.

Steve Rappoport, is a News Producer and Anchor for Fox News Radio. Follow him on Twitter @SteveRappoport.

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