Communities near parks hope end of shutdown will mean uptick in business

Oct 17, 2013

Now that the government shutdown is over, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks have re-opened, and local communities are hoping business will pick up again.

Scott Balyo with the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce says the area saw a 25 to 30 percent drop in business while the parks were closed.

“The first couple of days of the shutdown, we probably saw a slight increase in business, because people were hopeful that it would be short lived,” Balyo said. “So we had people who were willing to stay in the area and wait and see if the park would reopen.”

But he says after that, visitors started cancelling their trips.

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees estimates that nationally, parks lost $76 million of revenue each day because of the shutdown.