With another federal government shutdown looming around after 15 years in the United States, tourism centers and tourists are likely to be affected.
According to media reports, a shutdown could be possible midnight Friday if Congress doesn't agree on a federal budget.
A report by The Washington Post stated that Friday evening budget talks breakdown can trigger the shutdown early Saturday, barring about 500,000 tourists alone from visiting the National Park and the Smithsonian museums on the Mall this weekend, according to Linda St. Thomas, Smithsonian spokesperson.
Another speculation is being ruled out about the cancelation of National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington if there is a federal budget shutdown. The festival draws millions of visitors every Spring, benefiting the local economy and so, the organizers are trying every possible ways to keep it going.
April is the month of Spring Break in US and a budget shutdown would mean losing out on a huge profit in businesses through tourism.