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Published May 26, 2013, 08:34 PM

"Staycations" boost economy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The tourism industry is a multi-billion business in Minnesota and North Dakota alone. But a number of people are dodging high gas prices by staying home this weekend.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The tourism industry is a multi-billion business in Minnesota and North Dakota alone. But a number of people are dodging high gas prices by staying home this weekend.

Hitting the road, might not be all it's cracked up to be. Unless, your wallet is ready for a heavy punch.

Len Peeter/Traveler: "It's definitely a budget thing now."

Hotels, driving, boating, it all cost money. But staying closer to home might actually help the economy.

Hannah Corliss/F-M Visitor's Center: "Anywhere to about 50 people, maybe in the summer we see around 200."

According to F-M Visitor's Center, more and more people are getting out and about. And a good chunk of them are locals.

Corliss/F-M Visitor's Center: "We really appreciate people staying in Fargo, checking out the different attractions we have."

By staying in town and visiting places like Bonanzaville or the Hjemkomst Center it might be able to save you and your family a buck or two.

Mena Alverson/Lives in Fargo: "More convenient than anything else."

For some, it's more about taking a breather....

Alverson/Lives in Fargo: "Usually we're working anyway so it's our time off. And to be able to just tour Fargo as well."

...Than pinching a penny. But if you're keeping close to home. What's inside your wallet will be too.

According to Explore Minnesota, 38 percent of lodging and camping businesses expect a spike in traffic this season.

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