VIDEO: How gas prices affect summer travel How Gasoline Prices Affect Summer Travel
ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. Whether it’s driving or flying, people who want to travel this summer are frustrated by high gas prices.
A new study has found that rising prices have a significant impact on travel plans this summer.
According to the AAA, the national average gas price is over $5 a gallon. In Florida, the average is about $4.88 per gallon.
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“For an industry that is just recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be another major blow to the system,” said Amir Eilon, president and chief executive officer of Longwoods International, which has been studying tourist sentiment since the start of the pandemic two years ago.
Their latest study found that fear of COVID-19 is the lowest in two years. But now 41% of people say rising gas prices will greatly influence their decision to travel over the next six months.
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The survey also found that more than a third of would-be travelers said fuel prices driving up the cost of air travel would make them less likely to fly this year.
However, 91% of those surveyed said they planned to travel within the next six months, but they could just take shorter trips, fewer trips, or less expensive trips.
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