AAA Projects Thanksgiving Travel Down From Last Year
November 22, 2013 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
HEATHROW, Fla. (UPI) — AAA, based in Florida, said its Holiday Travel Forecast projects 43.4 million U.S. residents will travel at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving.
The motor club said it used economic data and the results of an Oct. 9-15 D.K. Shifflet & Associates survey of 1,353 U.S. households to compile the 2013 AAA Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast for the Nov. 27-Dec. 1 holiday period.
The forecast indicates 43.4 million U.S. residents will travel 50 miles or more for the weekend, down 1.5 percent from last year’s Thanksgiving holiday.
AAA said 90 percent of survey respondents who said they intended to travel said they would be traveling by automobile, down 1.6 percent from last year, and median spending for Thanksgiving travel was projected at $465, down from $498 last year.
“While the economy continues to improve, the sluggish pace of the recovery is creating uncertainty in the minds of some consumers and therefore AAA is projecting a slight decline in the number of Thanksgiving travelers this year,” AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall Doney said. “For those traveling the good news is motorists will receive a holiday bonus in the form of lower gas prices which are at their lowest levels for the holiday since 2010.”
AAA did not give a margin of error for the survey.