PHOENIX - It's been one week since the government shutdown and Arizona tourism businesses say the impact is really starting to add up.
Detours Arizona Owner Jeff Slade says he's lost nearly $30,000 in the last week alone.
"It's tough, it's been a tough week. We've had about 70 - 80 cancelations and that adds up real quick," said Slade.
Slade runs trips to the Grand Canyon and other national parks and monuments in Arizona. He says the shutdown came right in the middle of his busy season.
Tourism officials say that on an average October day nearly 18,000 people visit the Grand Canyon. Spread across Arizona's 24 national parks that means a loss of nearly $3 million dollars every day.
"They think we are acting like clowns," said Slade when asked about how his international clients are reacting to the park closings.
"I had one Austrian tourist cancel, he said this kind of thing would last about two days in my country and then we would throw all of them out," said Slade.
To compensate for the lost revenue Slade says he has parked most of his tour buses, sent workers home, and designed new tours to Sedona.
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