Sunday, February 03, 2008

Gas Prices Affect Winter Tourism in Quartzsite, AZ

Quartzsite - It's been a rough winter for Cena Beene, one of the many hoping to cash in on snowbirds who flock to this normally desolate patch of western Arizona.

The desert is studded with RVs and trailers, and vehicles exiting Interstate 10 back up 10 deep at Quartzsite's only traffic light. But business is down, according to Beene and others whose tent businesses transform the town almost overnight into a giant swap meet.

Business owners and Quartzsite officials say the biggest reason for the slowdown is posted at gas stations around town. Gas prices are pushing $3 a gallon on average nationally, and those who drive RVs or tow trailers take a bigger hit than most.
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