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As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, travel advisors are increasingly fielding concerns from clients about airport security and potential delays. For those with clients with plans to visit national parks or other federally operated attractions, there are other issues to address, including itinerary changes.

While not yet having an impact on business, some advisors, especially those who plan domestic travel, have trepidation about what a prolonged shutdown could mean for consumer confidence in travel.

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Any suggestions for the coverage you would like to see are welcome. Feel free to contact me at mbl@skift.com.

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Skift Travel Advisor Editor Maria Lenhart [mbl@skift.com] curates the Skift Travel Advisor Innovation Report. Skift emails the newsletter every Tuesday. Have a story idea? Or a juicy news tip? Want to share a memo? Send her an email.

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