|Published: 7:57 PM, 10/11/2013
||Last updated: 7:58 PM, 10/11/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
CULLOWHEE, N.C.—A Western Carolina University economist
estimates that the first 10 days of the partial shutdown of the federal
government cost more than $33 million in lost visitor spending in the 18 North
Carolina and Tennessee counties located within 60 miles of Great Smoky
Mountains National Park.
The shutdown prompting the closure of popular park
campgrounds and visitor centers has resulted in more than $12 million in lost
wages for workers, $1.8 million in lost state taxes and $1 million in lost
local taxes for municipalities and counties, the WCU study indicates.
Steve Morse, director of WCU’s Hospitality and Tourism
Program, shared the results of his analysis of economic impact of the closure
of Great Smoky Mountains National Park during a joint legislative luncheon
hosted by the Gatlinburg (Tenn.) Convention and Visitors Bureau and the
Gatlinburg Hospitality Association on Friday, Oct. 11.
For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.
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