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Will rising gas prices hurt Connecticut travel?

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Connecticut is gearing up for a busy time of year.

“Spring, summer is really the top time of year when people start coming into Connecticut,” said Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

The annual Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism going on in Hartford on Wednesday. Bringing people together from the travel industry.

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“Businesses, attractions, casinos, hotels, restaurants,” said Fiveash.

Everyone at the event networking, coming up with ways to give travelers the ultimate experience. Tourism is a big deal for our state — it brings in about $14.7 billion every year between people who travel near and far.

“This is critical for all of us starting in mid-May to mid-October,” said Stephen White, president and CEO of the Mystic Seaport Museum. “This is the time when people thrive in Connecticut with respect to tourism.”

Those summer getaways will most likely involve some time in the car. Many drivers already taking notice of those prices at the pump, which are currently hovering right around the $3.00 mark, more or less. So the big question, will this hurt travel? It’s too soon to say, but many are hoping this will keep families nearby.

“People are going to stay closer and so those higher prices are not going to affect us as much because people, who may have gone further distances, will now stay here regionally, locally and in Connecticut,” said Fiveash.

“We’d like to keep as many people in Connecticut as we can so you never know, but we believe it will be a good thing for us,” said White.

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