Holiday Travelers to Top Record 100 Million

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

AAA: More than 12 million Californians on the move during upcoming holidays.

Travelers will see relatively low gas prices. More than 12.2 million Californians plan to travel over the combined Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday period, according to projections released Thursday by AAA Northern California. “Californians are conveying continued consumer optimism, availability of disposable income and the desire to get out of town for some holiday cheer and celebration,” Cynthia Harris, AAA spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Statewide, lower gas prices are fueling travel plans as well for motorists, who make up the majority of travelers.” Nationally, AAA predicted that more than 100 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the holidays.

The most popular destinations for Southern Californians over this Christmas-New Year holiday, according to a poll of Auto Club AAA Travel agents, are, in this order, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Arizona and Mexico. The Christian Monitor adds that gas prices in November averaged $2.14 per gallon across the U.S while a roundtrip ticket via airfare averaging $17, which is lower than previous years. To get the location and list you want, click the magnifying glass icon near the top of the graphic, type in your ZIP code or town and state, then press return.

In that same research, however, 97% of licensed drivers said it is unacceptable to drive if they’ve had too much to drink, yet there’s an average of one alcohol-impaired driving death every 53 minutes. The national average on Wednesday was $2.01, about 55 cents less than a year ago; it was $2.03 in Florida. “Year-end holiday travel and spending is great news for our industry and the USA economy, not to mention our families and friends across the country”.

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