Quebec City, Quebec – Fewer people are planning to take a major break this summer, with high gasoline prices a factor for many, according to an annual survey by CAA-Quebec.

Of those polled, 70 per cent plan to take a holiday, which is ten per cent fewer than last year. In addition, a larger proportion than last year said they have no plans to make a trip that requires a night away from home during their holidays.

When asked if the current price of gasoline will affect their summer vacation plans, 55 per cent said it would. Gas prices mean that 57 per cent will not go as far away, 26 per cent will reduce their entertainment, 21 per cent will spent less time away, and 21 per cent will cut back on the number of meals they eat in restaurants.

“Considering that the means of transportation for three out of four vacationers remains the automobile, it is understandable that higher gas prices are impacting family holiday budgets,” said Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec assistant vice-president of public and government relations. “And unfortunately, it seems that hoteliers, restaurateurs and providers of entertainment activities could pay the price, based on the data collected.”

Nearly half of vacationers will stay in Quebec. The U.S. Eastern seaboard will attract 14 per cent of those polled, while 13 per cent will go to other Canadian provinces. A small number will go to other U.S. states or Europe.

Of those travelling in their own region, 20 per cent will visit family and friends, 15 per cent will go to the beach, six per cent will explore a provincial park, and four per cent will enjoy sports. Of these travellers, 74 per cent will use a car to reach their destination, and 36 per cent will stay in a hotel, motel or inn, while 21 per cent will camp.

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