US tourist sites reopen

2013-10-14 15:37
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Being a tourist in the US sucks right now

Attractions and parks across the US remain closed as the government shutdown continues. Take a look at the enfuriating signs tourists are encountering at sites around the country.

New York - US tourist sites including the Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty have reopened after deals were made between state officials and the federal government.

TravelMole reports that Arizona and New York will fund the attractions from their own budgets, and are unlikely to be reimbursed.

A total of 401 tourist attractions and parks were closed across the US due after the first government shutdown in 17 years began on October 1. The US government is entering its third week of shutdown.

New York will be paying about $600 000 (R5.9m at R9.93/dollar) a day to keep the Statue of Liberty open, while Arizona will be forking out about $100 000 (R993 000) a day for the Grand Canyon to be accessible to visitors.

Analysts estimate that the Canyon brings in roughly 18 000 visitors each day during the current peak season, and revenue of roughly $1m.
Other states are now weighing up whether they can justify the outlay of cash to keep their parks open.

South Dakota worked out a deal with corporate donors and the National Park Service to reopen Mount Rushmore on Monday.

And Utah and Colorado have also reached deals to keep their parks open.

Tourists to the US keen on visiting attractions have had a frustrating two weeks, as parks and sites were closed. Take a look at this gallery.

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