The Reactions of Travelers to Gasoline Rationing and to Increases in Gasoline Prices Academic Article uri icon


  • Much attention is currently being given to possible effects higher fuel prices and/or fuel rationing will have on individuals' travel habits and patterns. This study analyzed the responses of travelers interviewed at the Orange, Texas, Welcome Center. Information was gathered regarding travel plans and the effects either rationing or higher fuel prices would have on future travel plans. Results of this study indicate that a significant shift from recreational vehicles and full-sized automobiles to smaller, more economical vehicles would be made. Pleasure travel is much more likely to be curtailed than business travel. While most business travelers would seek alternative transportation, pleasure travelers would be more likely to either eliminate the trip altogether or take a shorter trip. These actions may seriously impact upon the entire travel and tourism industry.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Travel Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Dan Kamp, B., Crompton, J. L., & Hensarling, D. M.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Dan Kamp, B||Crompton, John L||Hensarling, David M

publication date

  • July 1979