Concessionaire Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which operates hotels and other services in national parks, estimates that for every day the parks are closed, it will cost them just under $1 million per day in lost revenue, not including overhead.
And that’s just one piece of the puzzle. U.S. cities are losing out on crucial revenue from travel and tourism. Communities near parks are estimated to lose more than $76 million a day in visitor spending.
It’s about what’s next to the parks, and what sells to the people who use the parks, and all the repercussions that fan out like ripples on a pond. You know, the sort of economic stuff Republicans often deride Democrats for not understanding. If I run a hotel that depends on people being able to go someplace nearby, and that place isn’t open, what happens to me?