Dip in gas prices could fuel local tourism

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

We've seen some relief from those sky high gas prices in the past few days. But most folks say gas costing more than three dollars a gallon could keep them closer to home this summer.

When it comes to taking a trip, folks are holding off now because of the pain at the pump.

"We have not traveled nearly as much in the past two years because gas prices have been so high," said Candace Frazier.

"The lower the gas prices, the more people travel. We've had quite a few this week," said Judy Barton, with Bell County Tourism.

The price of gasoline has taken a dip in the past few weeks, and tourism experts said that is good for our area.

Prices at the pump have been going down, but a gallon of gas still costs more than three dollars a gallon.

"I think people are not traveling as far, but they are still traveling," said Barton.

Barton said local attractions may be better options for families looking to save cash this summer.

"A couple of people that I work with have decided not to go to the beach. They're going places like Lexington or Tennessee instead of Florida," said Frazier.

"A lot of state parks, a lot of lakes around Kentucky to visit - I've heard about a lot of people doing that," said Tim Miniard.

That's an option local folks said they just might consider.

"You never know who is going to walk in this door. They could be from California or Prestonsburg, so you don't know who you are going to see," said Barton.

The average price for a gallon of gas in Kentucky right now is $3.60. This time last year, it was about a dollar less.

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