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Improving economy means more Labor Day travel

Improving economy means more Labor Day travel

AAA projects the number of Americans traveling this Labor Day holiday weekend will increase 4.2 percent from 2012, with approximately 34.1 million travelers or 10.7 percent of the population taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home.
 
In the Pacific Region, (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA), Labor Day travel is expected to increase by 5.7 percent, with 5.3 million people or 10.3 percent of the population taking trips.
 
The increase in holiday travel is predominantly due to the increasingly positive economic outlook.  The date also has an impact; when Labor Day falls earlier in the month of September, travel tends to increase.
 
Here are some of the highlights in the attached news release:
 
•         Friday, August 30th is the busiest travel day
•         Most travelers will go by car
•         Gas prices are not expected to negatively impact Labor Day travel plans
•         Number of air travelers up, airfares increase
•         Travelers to experience increase or decrease in hotel rates, depending on the type of property
•         Car rental rates increase
•         Average travel distance decreases nationally but increases in the West
•         Labor Day travelers plan to spend more this year
•         Dining, visiting with friends and family and shopping are the three most popular Labor Day activities
•         AAA offers digital travel planning resources including free AAA Mobile app at AAA.com/mobile. 

 

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