Officials Say High Gas Prices Won't Deter Tourists from Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR - With gas prices hitting record highs nationwide, vacationers will still set out on summer sojourns.  Now they'll probably seek destinations closer to home, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism says.

Spokeswoman Jana Greenbaum said more than a third of the state's tourism is from Arkansans traveling in-state to visit friends and family.  She said higher gas prices, as well as some of the state's natural resources, may cause a larger percentage to travel within the state this summer.

Nationally, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.08 yesterday.  In Arkansas, the average price per gallon was $2.97.  Both averages were up nearly 20 cents over last year's prices, according to the AAA.

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