Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Thanksgiving travel expected to be at highest level in 12 years

Thanksgiving travel expected to be at highest level in 12 years

An estimated 2.6 million Florida residents will travel at least 50 miles during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, according to an AAA forecast released Thursday.

This year, about 51 million Americans will take planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transit 80 kilometres or more to their holiday destinations, a 3.3 per cent increase over last year.

USA motorists will take 45.5 million trips this holiday, a 1.5 percent increase over past year and also the most since 2005, even though gas prices are at their highest since 2014, AAA said. The price of gas statewide is up from the $2.19 a gallon recorded a year ago.

Some 45.5 million U.S. road-trippers will set off to grandma's house and other destinations during the Thanksgiving holiday, the highest volume seen nationwide since 2005. In Palm Beach County, the average price for regular was $2.62, up from $2.30 a year ago. "Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices".

"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season", Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, said.

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said.

In the Mountain region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming), travel volume is expected to top 3.7 million during this period, experts said. Nationally, Anaheim, site of the Disneyland Resort, is expected to be the second most popular Thanksgiving destination, according to the AAA. All passengers should wear their seatbelts; according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 301 vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes during Thanksgiving weekend in 2015; about 50 percent of those killed weren't wearing seat belts at the time.

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