Quebec City, Quebec – High gasoline prices are affecting CAA-Quebec members’ motoring vacations this summer, according to the results of a survey conducted by the association in May. Only 16 per cent of respondents said that the current price of gasoline is having no effect on their holiday plans.
Among respondents who said their vacation plans will be affected by gasoline prices, 47 per cent said they are going to reduce the number of trips; 29 per cent will choose a vacation destination closer to home; and 24 per cent said they will stay in their own region. As well, 21 per cent will reduce their spending during their holidays, and 10 per cent plan to reduce the length of their vacations.
“With the sharp rise in the price of gas, it is not surprising that our members are questioning certain choices and opting for proximity, particularly given that Quebecers love to travel in their own province,” said Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec’s Senior Director, Public and Government Relations.
Most respondents said they are planning to visit tourist attractions in their region or another tourist region in the province; only eight per cent plan to visit another Canadian province; 12 per cent plan a holiday in the U.S.; and six per cent will vacation in a country other than Canada or the U.S.