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Gov shutdown cost Grand Canyon $19M in lost revenue

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(Source: Grand Canyon National Park) (Source: Grand Canyon National Park)

The Grand Canyon lost $19 million in tourism revenue thanks to this fall's 16-day partial federal government shutdown.

The National Park Service released numbers Tuesday that show Arizona's No. 1 attraction lost nearly 187,000 visitors between Oct. 1 and Oct. 16.

All national parks combined lost about 12 million visitors, which totaled $568 million in lost revenue.  

Earlier this month, a White House budge office report revealed closing national parks cost communities $500 million in lost spending by visitors, while the Internal Revenue Service delayed $4 billion in tax refunds and will have to put off next year's filing season by up to two weeks.

The shutdown cost the government 6.6 million work days, the budget office report stated.

Taxpayers will cover the $2 billion cost of providing back pay to the 850,000 workers sent home during all or part of the shutdown. After Congress decided in the middle of the shutdown to pay Pentagon workers, 400,000 federal employees were kept off the job.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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