Rising Gas Prices Affect Summer Travel

By: Diane Ako

HONOLULU (KHNL) - As gas prices are reaching a national average of just over $3, what is the real effect on drivers? The data is mixed. Some studies show a decrease in driving of nearly one percent. But other surveys show a growing demand in spite of the higher gas prices.

A Honolulu travel expert falls into the latter camp. "For driving, people love their cars. They'll go without consideration for the price of gas," says Joe Toy, president of Hospitality Advisors. Toy says the rise in gas prices will instead affect peoples' household budgets and their decision to travel by air.