Friday, May 16, 2014

Experts are predicting a busy travel season...

The AAA is reporting that after our harsh winter, this could be the busiest travel season in the past six years in their Memorial Day travel forecast.

Here are some highlights:

Memorial Day holiday travel volume is expected to reach a new post-recession high with 36.1  million Americans taking a trip

  • The 2014 forecast is 2.6 percent higher than the ten-year historical average and the second highest travel volume since 2000
  • Eighty-eight percent of travelers (31.8 million) to travel by automobile, an increase from 31.4 million last year
  • Holiday air travel expected to increase from 2.4 percent to 2.6 million leisure travelers 
  • Travel by other modes of transportation including cruise, trains and buses will see the largest increase, up 6.5 percent (total 1.7 million travelers)
  • Travelers will encounter slightly higher prices with airfares six percent higher, mid-range hotels up two percent and car rentals costing one percent more

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