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April 17, 2009
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Fewer tourists compared with last year have booked advance reservations to visit the greater Yellowstone region this summer, but industry leaders hope low gas prices will lure people to drive to national parks and other attractions in Montana and Wyoming.
Lee Haines, a spokesman for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, told the Billings Gazette that museum planners are expecting flat visitor numbers this year with a slight rise possible in recreational vehicle traffic compared with last year. He said because many RV owners are retired, they have more flexible travel schedules that allow them to drive when gas prices are lower.
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