Saturday, May 05, 2007

Oregon Gas Prices Hit All-Time High: Little Impact on Local Tourism

The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in Oregon was $3.33 Friday. This price was not only the third highest in the nation, but the highest recorded average in Oregon's history.

Yet a sampling of the local tourism industry, which is often impacted by the price of fuel, showed stability, but also caution.

"We don't know what it's going to do," Driftwood RV Park co-owner Roger Thompson said of the rising prices. "During summer, a lot people are coming out from Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Medford. With prices being over three dollars a gallon, it makes a change."

Thompson's wife, Loretta, co-owner of the park, said gas prices won't stop RVers from visiting, but it may have an effect on the number of trips or miles traveled.

To illustrate, she used an example of a family from Medford coming to the area in their RV.

"Instead of coming over from Medford three times, they'll come over once and stay a little longer," she said.
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