Labor Day Travel May Increase By Up to 10 Percent

The Automobile Association of America (AAA) expects that Americans will travel in greater numbers this year for Labor Day, with 34.4 million people taking a 50 mile or more trip. This is a 9.9 percent increase over the numbers from 2009. 31.3 million travelers visited family or vacation spots last year during Labor Day. The travel period for this holiday begins on Thursday, September 2nd and ends on Monday, September 6th this year.

Despite the uncertainty about the state of the economy, many people are trying to fit in a final summer trip before the season ends. Travel agents with AAA are reporting increases in the amount of travelers making reservations and plans for the holiday. Package deals are being reserved over ten percent more than they were last year.

Experts attribute this rise in travel to the apparent improvement in the economy since last year. Job growth has remained a disappointment, but consumer debt is decreasing. The average household net worth and consumer confidence are both growing as well. This upswing in the travel industry started in the last quarter of 2009.

Other factors are in play in this rise. Data has shown that the earlier that Labor Day occurs in the month of September, the more people are willing to travel. If the holiday had fallen even a few days earlier, the forecast would call for an even better percentage of growth. These numbers are produced by AAA, and based on economic forecasts produced from research conducted by IHS Global Insight.

The most popular method of travel remains driving, with over 90 percent of travelers choosing it. Only 5 percent of leisure travel occurring on Labor Day will come from air travel. Dining, spending time with family, and leisure activities are reported as the favorite activities for travelers hoping to travel over Labor Day.

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