British tourists to America are having to contend with a shutdown of some of the best US visitor attractions due to the country’s budget crisis.
Closures on Tuesday include the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and national parks such as Yellowstone in Wyoming and Yosemite in California.
All national parks are expected to be shut to visitors although it is thought that those on campsites will have two days to leave.
Many museums and other attractions, such as zoos, are also closed. But private-enterprise tourist attractions, such as the Disney sites in California and Florida are likely to be open for business as usual.
Those flying to and from the USA are not being affected as immigration services as well as police, emergency and fire services are all working as usual.
A spokeswoman for UK travel organisation Abta said: “We estimate around 30,000 UK holidaymakers are currently visiting the USA. It’s not a peak time of the year to visit. However, the USA is popular all year round, particularly the hotspots of New York, Florida and the West Coast.”
US “shutdowns” have occurred before. A particularly damaging one in 1995/96 saw around seven million visitors being turned away from national parks, with US tourism and airlines losing millions of dollars.