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Government shutdown affects DC tourism

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The government shutdown doesn't just mean government services are on hold.

As the days pass the impact on businesses that serve government workers is becoming more and more significant.

Normally packed restaurants are hosting fewer high powered clientele. Fewer reservations are generated by government business. Business is estimated to be down 15 to 20 percent.

Debra Friedmann, a D.C. tour guide for 12 years and a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, says she is still giving tours that were scheduled before the shutdown.

But even if lawmakers do get their act together, the impact could extend beyond any government reopening.

This is a stark contrast from 2012, a record year in tourism.

Now many in D.C. are suffering, including the national park sites as $35 million dollars are lost every day the shutdown drags on.
Hotels on the other hand are having a great week because of the IMF meetings. They're concerned about the rest of the month, however, because of the uncertainty over when this will end.

Travelers are starting not to book reservations and the long term impact of that could be huge.

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