Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

Triple A has released their Thanksgiving Holiday Forecast for this year and they expect the number of travelers to increase from last year by 3.3 percent to an estimated 50 million. That marks a 3.4 percent increase from previous year, which AAA calls a good indicator of a strong economy and high consumer confidence.

AAA says that its prediction will mean that this is the highest volume of travelers since 2005 at Thanksgiving time, and that these travelers will be driving 50 miles or more for the Holiday.

The higher gas prices are not enough to deter Floridians from traveling this Thanksgiving, AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said.

A new report by Hertz shows that Orlando International Airport will be among the busiest airport pick-up locations for rental cars.

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This coming Thanksgiving is expected to be another record breaker when it comes to travel. In Palm Beach County, the average price for regular was $2.62, up from $2.30 a year ago.

The Thanksgiving period will also see plenty of non-holiday related travel, with Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season taking place the entire holiday weekend.

This a 3.3 percent increase from last years projections, which will bring 1.6 million more people on to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. "Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump". "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence". At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year. "These factors are fueling a confident consumer, who is expected to maintain a high level of spending that should drive an increase in holiday travel". Nationally, Anaheim, site of the Disneyland Resort, is expected to be the second most popular Thanksgiving destination, according to the AAA.

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