MANATEE – AAA Travel projects 35.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1 percent increase from the 35 million over 2014.
This will mark the fourth consecutive year of overall travel growth for the Labor Day holiday period, and the seventh out of the past nine years to see year-over-year increase in volume.
The holiday period is defined as Thursday, Sept. 3 to Monday, Sept. 7.
The 2015 forecast of 35.5 million American travelers will mark the highest Labor Day holiday travel volume since 2008.
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This would be the fourth consecutive year travel volume has grown for this holiday.
“The summer travel season is almost over and many kids are back in school, but an extended weekend and positive economic fundamentals should be enough to convince millions of Americans to take one more trip during Labor Day weekend,” said Brent Stahlheber Sr., vice president-brand marketing and travel, AAA-The Auto Club Group. “Historically, more Americans have shown a higher tendency to travel when Labor Day weekend begins in August. Although this year’s holiday begins in September, AAA still expects more Labor Day travelers than last year, primarily due to low gas prices, solid income gains, rising household net worth, and an improving housing market.”