AAA Forecasts Holiday Driving Numbers
December 21, 2012
by Casey Neeley, email@example.com
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has released a report
forecasting increased year-end holiday travel.
With a total number of travelers projected at 93.3 million, up
1.6 percent from last year's 91.8 million, 90 percent of people
are expected to travel via automobile. The number of automobile
travelers is expected to spike 1.3 percent to 84.4 million from
2011's 83.3 million.
Air travel, which AAA says will account for 6 percent of all travel
this year, is projected to reach 5.6 million travelers, up 4.5 percent
from last year's 5.4 million. Other modes of travel, such as buses
and trains, will account for 3.5 percent of travel, or 3.3 million
travelers, up 5.4 percent from 3.1 million in 2011.
"The year-end holiday season remains the least volatile of all
travel holidays as Americans will not let economic conditions or
high gas prices dictate if they go home for the holidays or kick
off the New Year with a vacation," says AAA president and CEO Robert
Darbelnet in a statement. "Primary economic indicators all show
modest improvement from last year and AAA is projecting an increase
in the number of Americans stuffing their stockings with airline
tickets and hotel reservations."
"As we enter the New Year, one unknown for travel is the looming
'fiscal cliff' and the resulting uncertainty related to near-term
tax and benefit changes. Having these items unresolved complicates
many travelers' ability to develop an accurate household budget
as they plan for future spending and saving decisions. It is important
that Congress and the President work together to quickly resolve
the situation for the good of the nation," says Darbelnet.
AAA bases its forecast on economic and consumer reports. Holiday
travel figures are projected for Saturday, December 22, 2012 through
Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
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