June 30, 2005

Canadians more likely to drive this summer despite rising gas prices

Toronto, Ontario – Fifty-six per cent of Canadians say gas prices have not affected their plans to drive to summer vacation destinations this year, according to a recent survey from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The survey also showed that 55 per cent of Canadians say they are more likely to drive to their destinations this year than in the previous three years.

Various industry reports have predicted that gasoline prices will increase by two to five cents per litre in the coming weeks, and some markets could see gasoline exceed $1 per litre. However, Enterprise’s survey showed that only 14 per cent of travellers have either cancelled their trips or made other arrangements. More than one-quarter of respondents said they still plan to travel but will stay closer to home.

The survey showed that more than 50 per cent of Canadians are planning a road trip this summer, with 47 per cent travelling to other cities, followed by rural areas or small towns, oceans, lakes or beaches, mountain areas, and provincial or national parks. When asked if they could take a road trip anywhere in Canada, 27 per cent of respondents named British Columbia, while 26 per cent named Atlantic Canada as their choice.

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