CAA-Quebec Survey - Holiday plans affected by gas prices



    QUEBEC CITY, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - CAA-Quebec members' motoring vacations
this summer are being significantly affected by the sharp rise in the price of
gas, according to the results of a survey conducted by the organization in
May. In fact, only 16% of survey respondents stated that the current price of
gas is having no impact on their holiday plans.

    Fewer trips... in light of gas prices!

    Among respondents who indicated that their vacation plans will be
affected by the cost of gas, many said they have thought of various options
for minimizing the impact. Fully 47% of the 2,711 respondents said they are
going to reduce the number of their trips, 29% stated they will choose a
vacation destination closer to home and 24% mentioned they will stay in their
own region.
    "With the sharp rise in the price of gas, it is not surprising that our
members are questioning certain choices and opting for proximity, particularly
given that Quebecers love to travel in their own province," notes Sophie
Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Senior Director, Public and Government Relations.
    Another sign that the jump in the price of gas has a direct impact on
Quebecers' wallets is that 21% of CAA-Quebec members who answered the survey
mentioned that they will reduce their spending during their holidays. Our
harsh winter still seems to be a lingering memory for respondents, given that
only 10% of them plan to reduce the length of their vacations-a
long-anticipated time of the year for many!

    Quebec first... then the U.S.

    In response to the question, "What do you plan to do for your 2008 summer
vacation?" most respondents said they are planning to visit tourist
attractions in their region or go to another tourist region in the province.
Perhaps due to the high price of gas, only 8% of respondents plan to visit
another Canadian province and 6% will vacation in a country other than Canada
or the U.S. What's more, 12% of respondents are planning a holiday in the U.S.
    "Our members often opt for short trips during their holidays and they
frequently decide to go somewhere at the last minute based primarily on the
weather," concludes Ms. Gagnon. "A strong Canadian dollar, cheaper gas prices
in the U.S. due to lower taxes and the fact that this is the last summer that
Canadians will be able to drive to the U.S. without a passport are three good
reasons likely to encourage many Quebecers to visit our neighbours to the
south."

    CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization, provides automotive, travel,
residential and financial services, benefits and privileges to its
approximately 950,000 members.




For further information:

For further information: Montréal: Roxanne Héroux, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3210, rheroux@caaquebec.com; Québec: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext.
2418, pstpierre@caaquebec.com

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