Friday, November 23, 2007

Gas Prices Affect More Than Drivers

Gas Prices Affect More Than Drivers

Fargo, ND – Consumers in the region are feeling the pain of gas prices more places than the pump. As oil prices hover around 100 dollars per barrel, businesses are scrambling to find a way to continue turning a profit.

Airlines, cruise lines and bus services have added fuel surcharges to current and already purchased tickets in order to cover their costs.

These boosts in prices have left many midwestern travelers feeling stranded. “I was interested in taking a cruise next year but the extra costs are making it difficult to afford. I love to travel so I will just have to save more money,” said Moorhead, Minn native Russell Zimara.

Most cruise lines have added a five to 12 dollar a day increase per person.

“Ninety percent of customers have been understanding,” said Lisa Brasgalla, a travel specialist at Travel Travel Carlson Wagonlit in Fargo. Brasgalla says the allure of traveling has been enough of an incentive for people to continue to take vacations despite rising costs.

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for Travel Travel Carlson Wagonlit. “The higher prices have been making people more hesitant but people will continue to travel just as people will continue to drive. We can’t control gas prices so we just have to find ways to accommodate them,” said Patty Auka, travel specialist at Travel Travel Carlson Wagonlit.

Travel Travel Carlson Wagonlit has up-to-date information about fuel surcharges and other important travel rules and advisories. Travel Travel ensures each client is knowledgeable in regards to travel updates before he/she travels.

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