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Shutdown redirects Grand Canyon tourists

Courtesy photo<br>A couple from the San Francisco area speak with Chamber Visitor Center Manager Robert Coombs about revising their travel plans due to the shutdown of the Grand Canyon and the Prescott National Forest.

Courtesy photo<br>A couple from the San Francisco area speak with Chamber Visitor Center Manager Robert Coombs about revising their travel plans due to the shutdown of the Grand Canyon and the Prescott National Forest.

What impact has the federal shutdown had on tourism in the Prescott area? At the Prescott Chamber's Visitor Center, staff and volunteers have been helping an increased number of people who originally had plans to visit the Grand Canyon or stay at campsites in the Prescott National Forest. In most cases, the chamber was able to offer alternative suggestions such as state park campsites and other attractions in Prescott and the region.

Some of our local hotels and motels have seen increased business as people rearrange their travel plans, while others have had cancellations as a result of the federal shutdown, according to an informal poll of local lodging establishments taken this past Wednesday. The foreign visitors have probably been hit the hardest, since their plans for vacation were made months ago and could not be changed.

The increase of international visitors has been felt at the chamber. The chamber's visitor information manager, Robert Coombs, says that many international visitors are traveling instead to places like Prescott and Sedona.

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