Gas Prices Putting Brakes on Michigan Tourism

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The outlook for Michigan's tourism industry doesn't make for a pretty picture.

The sluggish economy and gas prices hovering near record levels are keeping people home.

Don Holecek heads the Tourism Resource Center at Michigan State University. He says tourists spent more this July than in July 2004, but not as much as expected.

Holecek said back in April that rising interest rates and relatively high unemployment have kept tourism in Michigan at far lower levels than in the years leading to its 1999 peak. And that was before the recent run-up in gas prices.

Tourism in Michigan generated $16 billion in spending last year.