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Federal shutdown could hurt California tourism business

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 - 3:00 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, on Tuesday spelled out the significant costs California’s tourism industry stands to absorb amid the federal government shutdown.

“The current federal government shutdown has come with immediate impacts on our national parks, public lands and overall tourism economy,” she said. “Visitors to and travelers throughout California spend $292 million each day, $12.1 million every hour or $202,000 every minute. Our national parks, public lands and surrounding gateway areas are major contributors to these figures and the effects of this shutdown will be felt immediately in these communities.”

She concluded with a statement seeking an end to the federal gridlock: “We look forward with hope and anticipation for a speedy resolution so these communities and the California tourism industry as a whole can continue to assist in the country's economic recovery.”

Nonprofit Visit California develops and maintains marketing programs – in partnership with the state’s travel industry – promoting the Golden State as a travel/recreation destination.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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