It's just lousy timing. The U.S. Energy Information Administration announces that gasoline prices have hit a seven-month high, just as travelers are wrapping up their spring break escapades and planning for their summer vacations.
The pain at the pump averaged $2.80 per gallon during the week, marking the 10th consecutive week of higher fuel costs.
More money in your tank means less money to spend. We're already seeing that in the casual dining industry, even though companies like Panera
You won't find that kind of scapegoat in the travel industry. A purveyor of self-enclosed destinations like Great Wolf Resorts
And think about it. Six Flags and Great Wolf are chains that draw mostly from the local community. If high gas prices can weigh heavy on them, just imagine what they can do to distance-based alternatives like Disney
So keep watching those fuel prices. Sure, you're going to do it anyway as a consumer. However, start doing so as an investor, because costly gas station treks are one way to keep prospective travelers closer to home over the seasonally potent summer.