AAA: Number of Labor Day travelers decline

ATLANTA — Fewer people will be traveling this Labor Day, according to AAA.

Nationwide, 13.3 percent fewer people are expected to travel, AAA said. The decrease is, in part, due to the fact that Labor Day falls late this year; Labor Day hasn’t fallen this late in the year since 1998.

“Although the calendar this year creates an anomaly that allows fewer families to hit the road, many may decide at the last minute to take advantage of significantly lower rates for hotels and airfares,” Kevin Bakewell, senior vice president, AAA Auto Club South, said in a news release.

Nationally, 39.1 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home. An estimated 84 percent of people will be traveling by automobile while only 4 percent will fly.

Airfares are projected to decrease by 17 percent compared to 2008 rates; rates at AAA-rated “Three Diamond” and “Two-Diamond” hotels are expected to decline by 12 percent compared to last year.

AAA also said Labor Day travelers are expected to spend an estimated $968 per household this Labor Day.

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