AAA Predicts Holiday Travel to be Slightly Down

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The last holiday weekend of the summer is almost here. Labor Day will be celebrated in the U.S. on Monday, Sept. 5.

It's usually a time for families to take one last adventure together before school starts.

However, the American Automobile Association says travel on America's highways and skyways will be down this year due to economic factors.

The AAA expects a 2.4 percent decrease in travel this Labor Day weekend, down from 32.3 to 31.5 million travelers.

This decline is in reaction to "recent economic uncertainty and increasing airfares" Glen MacDonnell, director of AAA travel services, said in a recent report.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irene on the East Coast is also expected to decrease the number of travelers to many popular coastal destinations.

However, slightly more passengers will be driving to their destination this year. Nearly 87 percent of holiday travelers are expected to choose to drive due to the current trend of falling gas prices. The price of gasoline on average is 85 cents higher than last year.

AAA Public Relations Manager Troy Green talked about the expected decrease in U.S. travel over the holiday weekend and the affect Hurricane Irene will have on East Coast motorists on the CBN News Channel's Midday News, Sept. 1.

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