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Gas Spike Hits Tourism

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The price of a gallon of gas has skyrocketed the last few days around the region -- north of four dollars a gallon for regular unleaded.

The given reason for the spike?

Refinery issues causing a noticeable increase.

So does that high price mean trouble for industries that rely on travel?

Visit Minot director Wendy Howe says while they are concerned with the high price of fuel so early in the season, she feels it won't have a major impact on people coming to the Magic City.

This summer is expected to be busy for tourism in the region, now two years removed from the Mouse River flood.

Attractions like the Zoo and golf courses are opening back up...drawing more visitors in.

Howe says they watch the price at the pump...and plan accordingly.

(Wendy Howe - Visit Minot Director) "This early on seeing it at this level is a bit of a concern. People will usually always travel anyway they will just cut back in other ways but seeing it this high this early approaching summer is something we are keeping our eyes on and we will tweak our marketing to focus on that."

Howe says much of that marketing is focused in Canada again this year.

Trying to lure the Canadian traffic back to Minot.

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