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.