MYSTIC, CT- (WFSB) — Southeast Connecticut is the mecca of state tourism, and mystic is a must-stop for many out-of-state residents.
But as fuel prices rise above $5 and $6, people are rethinking their travel plans.
“It’s an advantage for us here at Mystic. I think we’ll continue to see our numbers be great for the summer because we’re one reservoir away from so many places, but I know the boating perspective. They have issues with the cost of fuel,” said Mystic Chamber of Commerce President Bruce Flax.
For example, charter fishing veteran Captain Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk at Niantic spends $13,000 a week on refueling. He says his fishing trips come from as far away as Philadelphia and New Jersey.
“My fear is not just for us with the fuel oil prices but it is these customers who come from far away. Are they going to be able to afford the gas prices to get here and back,” said the Captain Dubrule.
Meanwhile, Mystic Seaport is seeing a return to pre-pandemic visitor levels, especially in July, when admission is free thanks to the state.
“I think gas prices over $5 have an impact, however, at Mystic Seaport Museum, we are offering free admission on July 1 for children in CT as well as an accompanying adult,” says Gabrielle Gresko, the director of port visitors. Services.
If you want to learn more about these free passes for Connecticut residents, click here.
Rising fuel prices impact tourism in CT
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