Earlier this week we reported on the Vietnam Vets who were arrested for visiting a war memorial in New York City; now we’ve learned that 21 tourists were just arrested for hiking in the Grand Canyon National Park.
Over 7 Million Visitors Shut Out of the Parks & $750 Million in Visitor Spending Lost
According to the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR), during the last 10 days of the government shutdown over 7 million people have been shut out of the parks, causing $750 million in visitor spending to be lost.
According to the CNPSR figures, the shutdown has resulted in:
- 715,000 visitors lost daily (based on October 2012 national park attendance numbers).
- $76 million in lost visitor spending per day.
- $450,000 in lost revenue each day that would go directly to the National Park Service ($300,000 in entrance fees and $150,000 in other in-park expenditures, such as campground fees, boat rentals, etc.)
Federal Government sending Armed Goons to Close Private Businesses who don’t comply with Shutdown Orders