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Gas Prices, Hurricane Katrina and Your Future Vegas Trip

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 2nd September 2005 4:48pm
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The spike in gasoline prices in the wake of Hurricane Katrina isn't discouraging tourism traffic to Southern Nevada -- yet.

But experts say it may not be long before the pain at the pump translates into would-be visitors staying home.

A spot check of Southern Nevada resorts indicates there hasn't been a mass exodus to the cancellation desk for the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Still, industry observers say they aren't as sure as they were a week ago that soaring gasoline prices won't have an effect on future out-of-town excursions to Las Vegas.

"In the short run, I don't see it happening," said Anthony Curtis, who publishes the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter for tourists. "We're definitely going to hit a point where people are going to say, 'Phooey,' something's got to give and that long trip across the desert might be it."



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