AAA expects drop in holiday travel

AAA expects drop in holiday travel Lingering concerns about the economy and early school starts are expected to cause a slight decrease in travel over the Labor Day holiday nationwide. AAA says the decline in Labor Day travel will be minimal and is expected to rebound for the traditionally busy Thanksgiving and Christmas periods.

In all, 3.27 million travelers plan to take a trip 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day holiday, down slightly from the 33 million estimated to have traveled last year.

Of those traveling, 27.5 million are expected to drive, compared to 27.6 million a year ago. Another 3.8 million plan to go by air, down from the 4.1 million a year ago, while 1.4 million will travel by train or bus, compared to 1.3 million in 2001.

The $1.40 national average price for self-serve regular gasoline is down 2.6 cents from a year ago. The South Dakota statewide average is at about $1.46, which is down 5 cents from last year.

AAA's Labor Day travel projections are based on a national travel survey of 1,300 adults by the Travel Industry Association, which conducts special research for AAA.

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides its 44 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

AAA is a not for profit federation of 86 clubs with 1,100 offices providing 42 million members in the United States and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services. AAA South Dakota has offices in Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Madison, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Spearfish, Sioux Falls, Vermillion, Watertown and Yankton.

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