Shutdown Could Cost Travel Industry $185 Million Daily

If Congress does not pass a spending bill by Sept. 30, another federal government shutdown will follow. Economists at the U.S. Travel Association report that such a shutdown would cost the U.S. travel sector at least $185 million per day due to lost activity, and could affect 530,000 travel-related jobs because of temporary layoffs, reduced wages, and fewer hours.

This projection reflects the closures of 408 national parks and historic sites, as well as the cancellation of both government travel and private business travel related to government activity.

The last government shutdown in 2013 reduced travel spending by $680 million, or $43 million per day, U.S. Travel determined.

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