Friday, May 16, 2008

Alaskans fear high fuel prices may keep RVers away

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The summer tourism season is about to swing into full gear but rising fuel prices could significantly alter the number of travelers coming to Alaska in a recreation vehicle.

Industry experts here say there is reason to be concerned.

Bob Thwing, a consultant at Clippership RV is getting ready for summer but admits that gas prices are a concern for customers.

He says when people call to book RVs, they always ask what fuel will costs.

Last year, 82,000 people traveled from the Lower 48 to Alaska in an RV, bringing with them millions of dollars in revenue.

"The concern is those with less discretionary income may opt to do something different or travel less or travel closer to their own home destination," Peck said.
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