Falling Gas Prices Lead To More Travelers This Holiday Weekend

An estimated 865,000 North Carolina motorists are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend.

According to AAA Carolina that is a 3 percent increase over last year's travelers. Overall, AAA says that because of high gas prices, people will spend less money, travel shorter distances or find other modes of transportation.

The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority says gas prices are actually drawing some people to the beach.

Gas prices peaked earlier this month at almost $4.00 a gallon. Now prices are 30 to 40 cents cheaper, but still almost a dollar more than this same time last year.

Many people are planning to stay close to home and head to local beaches, including the Crystal Coast. Tourism officials say there are still hotel rooms and condos available for this weekend at the Crystal Coast.

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  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 02:23 PM
    Here in the county have not seen gas prices go down. In K-Town its 10 cents cheaper than here. SOmeone is getting ripped off! US in pamlico!
  • by former poor college student Location: enc on May 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    Wherever I go this weekend it won't be the "Crystal Coast". Nowadays, am relatively awash in cash and can go where I want when I want... When one must pay to park on the beach, am not going to spend any money in that area for food, motels, rentals... It's the principle of the matter for me. If the general public can't get to the beach and park for free, am going somewhere where they can.
  • by lena on May 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    Just another ploy, in order to make you think you are financially okay. They will get you to spend money. The government doesn't care how you do it, they simply want you to do it. Stay home and bond with family. Keep your money in your pocket and save for your family needs. Everyday can be a holiday, if you are with a loving family
  • by traveler Location: snow hill on May 27, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    I don't see no increase in road traffic when I been driving down the coast and as far west as Raleigh. I think most folks staying at home with friends and family. I think some business people just talking it up to seem like things are OK.Let see after one or two months what the state sales and gas tax receipts look like.
  • by Linda Location: NC on May 27, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    Some say it's the speculators that are driving the price. I can remember when G W Bush was President the high gas price was all Bush's fault. Obama , Bill & Hil Clinton , Pelosi all blamed G W Bush. back in 2008. Now with Obama as President the Dem Lib media cries ' speculators '
  • by edna Location: pinetown on May 27, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    $3.58.99999999 still in Washington, NC. This is still WAY too high. We need someone who give a $%#$ to step up and do something about this. But when you ride around in limos and have secret service with you, you don't care how much the "common folk" are paying for gas.
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      by Big Red on May 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to edna
      You're so right, edna! Gas is about 3.65 here in Pitt County, and that's still way too high. And you're also right about those who take trips to Ireland and Great Britain on the taxpayer dime, doing little to change it. But I doubt little is going to change as they want 5 to 6 dollar gas, because the powers that be wants everyone to buy a Chevy Volt or a hybrid at 42,000 dollars. I'll buy a horse before that happens!
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to Big Red
        Come on Big Red, having a horse is environmentally dangerous with all the methane, energy to grow food and harvest. The environmentalists think only they should be on this planet afterall...they are the only important people and we should just go away so they can continue to ride their subarus and volvos....
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          by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 03:41 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          You understand the world with all the insight of a twelve-year-old.
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      by lena on May 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM in reply to edna
      You can't understand the shape I am in, if you don't have to buy gas. The rich don't feel the shift in the economy, they have all they need. Look at what Oprah did a few years ago. Her dog was mistakenly left behind, so she paid for additional fuel for her private jet to turn around and pick up the dog. Someone said it cost and extra 50,000 dollars! To her, that's like a dollar, so why should she care
  • by mi Location: Greenville on May 27, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    Fuel prices dropped just for us to stimulate the ecomony this weekend. They will rise again come Tuesday.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on May 27, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    Estimated? I am still hearing most people are not going for the daily trip to the beach this weekend. I only hear of those that have time shares or preplanned vacation going. Nothing wrecks and economy like gas prices....someone should tell the president that....
  • by Wilma Location: Greenville on May 27, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    Yes, lets try to make the consumers feel good because gas around here has dropped 20 cents a gallon to a cozy $3.69. The media just amazes me sometimes. Consumers should not feel good about "saving" 5 or 6 bucks per fillup when the cost per gallon of gas has tripled in the last 3 years.
  • by local Location: jville on May 27, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    choke hold to parade rest all oil Speculators and gas prices will drop to $1.98 per gallon!!!
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