Tourism in­dus­try keep­ing Pearl Har­bor vis­i­tors’ cen­ter open

Do­na­tions will keep pop­u­lar site afloat for at least a week

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour com­pa­nies, ho­tels and air­lines are pitch­ing in more than $50,000 to keep the USS Ari­zona Memo­rial vis­i­tors’ cen­ter open dur­ing the fed­eral govern­ment shut­down.

The Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser re­ports the money will keep the Na­tional Park Ser­vice fa­cil­ity staffed, its bath­rooms open and its pro­grams run­ning for at least an­other week.

Pa­cific His­toric Parks CEO Aileen Ut­ter­dyke called the ges­ture “ex­cel­lent.”

She runs a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports the op­er­a­tions of the memo­rial and the Park Ser­vice.

Ear­lier dur­ing the shut­down, Pearl Har­bor non­prof­its and Hawaii’s state tourism agency pro­vided funds to keep the vis­i­tors cen­ter open.

Tourism in­dus­try of­fi­cials worry trav­el­ers will can­cel their Hawaii va­ca­tions if the Pearl Har­bor vis­i­tors’ cen­ter closes.

Ut­ter­dyke says that would af­fect air­lines and ho­tels and have a trickle-down ef­fect.

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