AAA Projects Increase in Year-End Holiday Travel

December 14, 2011 Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 1:54 PM EDT

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AAA Projects Increase in Year-End Holiday Travel

December 14, 2011 Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 1:54 PM EDT

In a news release issued Wednesday, AAA says that it forecasts 91.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the 2011-12 Year-End holiday travel season, a 1.4 percent increase over the 90.7 million people who traveled one year ago.

This year’s expected Year-End holiday travel volume is the second highest in the past decade and represents 30 percent of the total U.S. population.  The 11-day Year-End holiday period is the longest holiday travel season of the year, affording many more Americans time to visit family or take vacations.  AAA defines the Year-End holiday travel season as Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 to Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

“It’s a positive sign for the travel industry that so many Americans are planning to travel this holiday season, collectively contributing to the second-highest year-end holiday travel volume in the past ten years,” Bill Sutherland, vice president, AAA Travel Services said in the news release.  “As our lives get busier, it is so important to create opportunities for the rest and rejuvenation that result from vacation travel and connecting with family and friends, especially during the holidays.”

Read the entire AAA news release HERE.