The government shutdown is affecting leisure travel, with
16% of Americans canceling or planning to cancel a vacation because of the
shutdown, according to a MMGY survey.
Most travelers are canceling vacation plans because of
closed government-owned attractions (70%) like national parks. Sixty-seven
percent cited not being sure what is open in a destination. Potential tax
refund delays and safety concerns were also common answers, with 65% of
respondents indicating both reasons are a concern. A number of respondents (61%)
were concerned with longer airport security lines.
Nineteen percent of respondents said they were a government
worker or contractor whose paycheck has been impacted by the shutdown.
MMGY found that 55% still plan to vacation in the next six
months "without hesitation." Another 32% plan to monitor the
situation, while 14% are either unsure or considering canceling their vacation.
MMGY found Republican respondents were more likely to take
an upcoming vacation without hesitation (65% compared to 45% of Democrats).
To gather its data, MMGY conducted an online survey of 400
U.S. travelers 18 and older who intend to take at least one vacation in the
next 16 months.