WASHINGTON -- In Washington, the White House, the Capitol and the
National Cathedral remained closed the day after the Sept. 11
attack, but other major parks, monuments and memorials re-opened.
Tourism officials were quick to point out that nothing in the
District of Columbia sustained any damage in the attack on the
Pentagon, which is across the Potomac River in Virginia.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the Washington
Convention and Visitors Association said its members focused on the
short-term problem of getting accurate and timely information to
visitors who were stranded in the city, or whose inbound trips were
disrupted, because of the suspension of air service.
For the long term, a spokesman confirmed "there could be
ramifications" in the form of a downturn in business, even though
Washington bills itself as "one of the safest and most secure
cities in the country."
Group and convention clients could be especially concerned, the
spokesman said, adding "they're going to need reassurance; we're
going to reach out to them."
Meanwhile, in New York, the tourism industry came to a virtual
halt as the city scrambled to cope with the aftermath of the World
Trade Center disaster.
At press time, the New York Police Department said no one above
14th Street would be allowed to cross south, and Rudolph Giuliani,
the city's mayor, urged people not to come into Manhattan. Hotels
in lower Manhattan were caught in the carnage.
Television reports showed the mangled structure of the Marriott
World Trade Center, which was adjacent to both of the twin
Shortly after the incidents, Marriott said both the World Trade
Center property and the Marriott Financial Center, a few blocks
downtown from the center, had been evacuated.
A Marriott spokesperson confirmed the World Trade Center hotel
had suffered "irreparable damage." She reported the Marriott
Financial Center suffered "heavy damage," but said hotel officials
would not know the full extent of the damage until they could
survey the scene.
The spokeswoman added that the company was putting up displaced
guests in its other New York hotels.
Hilton said its two hotels near the World Trade Center, the
Hilton Millenium and the Embassy Suites Battery Park, had both been
evacuated, and no injuries had been reported at either
Throughout the city, hotels were pitching in to accommodate
emergency service workers.
The Rihga Royal Hotel opened its doors to as many as 25 relief
workers who were put up in meeting rooms or guest rooms that were
The Marmara Manhattan is providing rooms to emergency workers
"as the need arises," said Wendy Kleinman, director of sales.
The National Park Service in Washington reported that two sites
in New York -- the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island -- remain
closed and it was unclear when they would reopen.
A Park Service spokeswoman said the grounds may be used as
temporary morgues for bodies or remains that are recovered from the
World Trade Center site.
All Broadway and Off-Broadway shows were canceled Sept. 11 and
12. Ticketmaster and Telecharge were accepting reservations for
shows scheduled to resume on Sept. 13.