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With D.C. Monuments Closed, Tourists Head to Richmond

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—Not everyone is feeling the pinch of the government shutdown; some Virginia businesses are taking advantage and cashing in.

Jay Bloxsom organizes class trips from all over the United States to Washington, D.C. through Henrico-based company NationsClassroom. But plans changed last week when the government shut down.

"Tuesday morning we woke up with groups on tour on the East Coast, and we had to scramble a little bit," Bloxsom said.

Central Virginia was the answer; one group went to Pamplin Park in Petersburg and then to Monticello. A trip this week will head to the River City.

Monument Avenue may not be as spectacular as the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, but its monuments are coming in handy for one group of students that will get the chance to experience Richmond. But not all students lucked out.

Jessica Templeton with the James River Association says class trips to the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge in Henrico are being cancelled due to the government shutdown.

"Many of these students have been looking forward to their field trips and their field experiences out on the river and the refuge for months, since the start of the school year," Templeton said. "It's really disappointing to have to turn those students and those classrooms away."

But there's hope in alternative educational trips, which generate more local revenue.

"Every dollar that goes into the national parks typically generates $10 in economic activity," Bloxsom said. "So in this case, what's been the greater D.C. area's loss has been the Commonwealth's gain."


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