High Gas Prices Could Encourage 'Staycations' in Minn.

Updated: 05/26/2013 3:53 PM KSTP.com By: Ellen Galles

The high gas prices we're seeing at the pump might actually help Minnesota tourism. 

According to a spokesperson from Explore Minnesota high gas prices won't stop people from taking a summer trip, it just might mean they'll stay closer to home, and spend closer to home.

That's good news for the state tourism industry. In a pre-season survey, 38 percent of state hotels, campgrounds and resorts expect to see higher occupancy levels this summer.

"Historically, we haven't really seen a dip in travel due to gas prices. I think it actually encourages staycations, and our state has a lot of close-to-home getaways," Alyssa Ebel with Explore Minnesota said.

Tourism is a $11.9 billion dollar industry for the state.