OBX Visitors Still Expected Despite Gas Prices

Tourism is big business on the Outer Banks and that's why the soaring gas prices have many wondering if their will be a big drop in the number of visitors. In nearby Virginia, some stations are running out of gas. That doesn't appear to be a problem on the Outer Banks. But even if gas prices skyrocket, analysts still expect the beaches to be busy. That's because reservations for cottages and hotels are largely made in advance. The visitor's bureau says while the tourists will come, they expect that may not spend as much money on items like souvenirs or eating out. One vacationer from New Hampshire says he spent $150 in gas getting to the Outer Banks, the entire amount he had budgeted for his trip.