On the first day of the US federal government shutdown, a Californian resident may not yet feelthe impact, but many Chinese tourists are unhappy and their tour guides nervous.
Tony Lu has run a travel agency in Los Angeles for 20 years. Four tourist groups from China’smainland organized by his agency are currently travelling around the United States. They aresuffering different kinds of impact from the federal government shutdown, which led to theclose of 401 national parks, Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo.
“Compared to the 1995-1996 shutdown, this time is more serious to us. We run mostlyChinese market business and there are many more Chinese tourists groups now than 17 yearsago,” he said.
“相比1995 – 1996年的关门，这次对我们来说更严重。我们主要经营中国市场业务，和17年前相比，现在有更多的中国游客群，”他说。
“Our clients are complaining. The tour guides explained to them that even the US PresidentBarack Obama can not solve the problem immediately,” he said.
Some of the groups have to change their itineraries as they cannot enter Yellowstone NationalPark or the Lincoln Memorial, nor can they have a close look of the Statue of Liberty, all of whichare among the most popular tourism sites.