Officials Say Gas Prices Hurting Arkansas Tourism and Trucking Industries

OCTOBER 6, 2005 - Posted at 8:03 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas officials say high prices at the pump are hurting tourism in the state and the Arkansas trucking industry.

The all-time high diesel prices are cutting into the trucking companies' profits, while tourists making travel plans are having second thoughts because of the cost of getting to a destination and back.

Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, said ten percent of the 1,000 independent trucking companies in the state have shut down or are in the process of doing so.

Officials say state tourism is suffering.  Campgrounds are reporting fewer gas-guzzling recreational vehicles stopping in Arkansas.

Mike Right, a spokesman for the AAA, says there are signs that gas prices may come down, but it is too soon to determine when.

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