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US attractions are closed by Federal Government shutdown

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The U.S. federal government shut down today for the first time in 17 years, closing visitation to many popular tourist attractions including Statue of Liberty in New York.

liberty-statue-closedThousands of tourists frustrated on Tuesday when they saw that one of the most iconic monuments in the United States closed.

Tourists still are able to get around, although some places they may wish to visit, like national parks and monuments, will be closed.

Amtrak, the passenger rail service that transported 31.2 million passengers in fiscal year 2012, said that it will continue normal operations.

The Department of State will continue its passport and visa operations.

The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic controllers will also continue their normal activities so flights should not be disrupted.

Grand Canyon Resort Corporation (GCRC) will continue normal operations of its Grand Canyon attractions and lodging destinations.

Even though travelers may not see many disruptions, the government shutdown could have a longer-term economic impact, said Roger Dow; president of the U.S. Travel Association. Dow said in a statement that “Travel, our country's No.1 services export and an industry that has added jobs at a rate three times faster than the economy as a whole since 2010, is particularly vulnerable to the perception that a disruption of services will make our customer experience go less than smoothly. While we recognize that basic travel functions will continue, we are concerned that federal agencies will quickly be forced to implement shutdown policies that will damage the travel experience and derail long-term, bipartisan investments in our travel infrastructure. We urge our leaders to tackle changes to the federal balance sheet that will let our economic recovery continue unimpeded. The travel industry stands ready to assist with that process in whatever way we can."
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