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Cumberland Tourism Could Benefit From Gas Prices

March 29th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

While nobody wants to see gas prices continue to soar- Allegany County’s Director of Tourism believes there may be a is a silver lining that could boost the Western Maryland tourism industry this summer. In the spring and summer of 2008, gasoline prices increased to the $3.60 to $4 range. When that occurred people started taking “staycations,” a term meaning they were taking a vacation near home, rather than to far distant points. Experts are predicting gasoline to far exceed $4 per gallon this spring and summer, creating a situation similar to 2008. Director Barb Buehl tells WCBC News that the fact that the county is only two hours from the Washington and Baltimore beltways is a big asset when people are worried about saving on gasoline costs. This year his tourism is using the slogan “Drive Less — Do More” to highlight the fact that Western Maryland is not far away for downstate residents and they should consider penciling in Western Maryland as a vacation destination while gas prices are high. Buehl believes visitors will be surprised to see the wide array of tourist’s attractions in the region…

One Response to “Cumberland Tourism Could Benefit From Gas Prices”

  1. March 29, 2012 at 9:01 am, Mary Riffey said:

    I think this is a great idea. Every chance my husband & I get we like to play “tourist” and visit different places around the area. He being a photographer it is great to document alot of history we have here. The only problem is, and I am sure it’s not news, is to either start charging Cathy rent or get her out of the new information area! Sorry I just had to vent!!


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