The President & CEO of the American Bus Association (ABA), Peter Pantuso – representing numerous small businesses in the motorcoach and travel and ቱሪዝም industry – released the following statement on the continuation of the government shutdown.
“According to data from the U.S. Travel Association, in 2017 travel generated $2.4 trillion for the U.S. economy and supported 15.6 million jobs. The closure of uniquely American treasures, such as the National Parks and Smithsonian institutions, is having consequences that may take years to repair. It is not just the motorcoach and tour companies and the attractions that are feeling the effects, but also the local economies that rely on tourism such as hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and other companies that cater to visitors. This shutdown is not only bad for ንግድ it is bad for America.