July 26, 2006

High fuel prices send travellers online

Washington, D.C. – In the face of high gas prices, travellers are using technology to help budget their trip expenses in advance, reports the American Automobile Association (AAA). The association says it is seeing a significant increase in the number of American and Canadian travellers who are using the Internet to estimate fuel costs, plan road trips, and access savings and discount information in advance.

The AAA says that 64 per cent of current leisure travellers have used the Internet to obtain travel information, compared to 59 per cent in 2005, and 35 per cent in 2004. Visitors to the AAA’s Fuel Finder Web site, available on its local club sites, jumped nearly 168 per cent in the last year. The site shows gas stations selling low-cost fuel. The AAA also says that the number of people looking for discounts on hotels, attractions and restaurants has increased.

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