As the US Government shutdown continues, gateway towns surrounding the 401 national park units are seeing lots of red. Visitors are not coming and not buying. Hotels are suffering extreme vacancy rates. Gift shops, hotels, markets, and gas stations are all facing bills that they may not be able to pay. While the state of Utah has cut a deal with the Department of the Interior to actually pay the feds to reopen the state’s major attractions, most of the country continues the downward spiral. The only beneficiaries of the park's closures are the animals inside who get a bit of respite.
In an attempt to attract visitors, many locals are touting the “other” spectacular things to do in the area – not just the nearby national park. Seems the term, “Please mention ‘Government Shutdown Special’ when booking,” will open doors. A sample revealed these kinds of bargains:
* 20% off per night during Government Shutdown
* Stay 4 nights stay and pay for 2 nights during Government Shutdown
* 20% off on all rentals until the National Park opens.
* 50% discount per night during the Government Shutdown
* Tax Free on all sales during Government Shutdown.
And one that especially caught our eye:
* 60% off our usual rates (which will include a well drink per room)