8:59 am March 27, 2012, by David Markiewicz
Will higher gas prices cause you to curtail your summer travel plans?
According to a new survey from the U.S. Travel Association, reported in USA Today, 54 percent of travelers who planned to drive for their summer vacation say the rising price at the pump will have an impact.
Even business travelers say they would be affected, with nearly 27 percent saying they would reconsider their plans.
Among leisure travelers who said they’d still travel, about 44 percent said they would shop less and about 37 percent would spend less on restaurant meals. More than one-third said they would drive shorter distances.
Business travelers, while less likely than leisure travelers to take fewer trips because of gas prices, also said they would cut back on restaurant and hotel spending and on shopping.
“The destinations and places where vacationers are going to be traveling to this year are going to see less economic activity,” said David Huether of the travel association.
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