All gassed up but not gonna go?

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This survey from the National Retail Association on how the rising gas prices are affecting consumers makes me wonder what affect it will have on meetings as well.

More than a third of consumers said the higher per-gallon price will factor into their Memorial Day travel plans, and while 43.2 percent say it won’t impact their spending, almost a third say they will reduce their travel plans, and more than a quarter say they will eat out less often.

After so many meetings went "regional" after 9/11 due to air issues, when the drive-in mentality set in, will high gas prices keep your regional meeting attendees’ SUVs in the garage? Then again, with airlines already announcing fuel-related fees and rate increases, air won’t be any more attractive as an alternative.

Speaking of all things gassy, The Denver Post reports that Aspen hotels are fueling a smart new idea: "trying to get travelers into town this summer by promising to help them get out of town" by offering a free tank from a local gas station to people who spend three nights at select hotels.

Who knows, maybe a gas rebate to drive-in attendees could be the thing that’d tip them toward coming. Might be worth talking with your hotel and/or the area’s CVB to see if they have anything similar in the works.

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This survey from the National Retail Association on how the rising gas prices are affecting consumers makes me wonder what affect it will have on meetings as well.

More than a third of consumers said the higher per-gallon price will factor into their Memorial Day travel plans, and while 43.2 percent say it won’t impact their spending, almost a third say they will reduce their travel plans, and more than a quarter say they will eat out less often.

After so many meetings went "regional" after 9/11 due to air issues, when the drive-in mentality set in, will high gas prices keep your regional meeting attendees’ SUVs in the garage? Then again, with airlines already announcing fuel-related fees and rate increases, air won’t be any more attractive as an alternative.

Speaking of all things gassy, The Denver Post reports that Aspen hotels are fueling a smart new idea: "trying to get travelers into town this summer by promising to help them get out of town" by offering a free tank from a local gas station to people who spend three nights at select hotels.

Who knows, maybe a gas rebate to drive-in attendees could be the thing that’d tip them toward coming. Might be worth talking with your hotel and/or the area’s CVB to see if they have anything similar in the works.

To receive a weekly blog update, e-mail Sue.

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