AAA Michigan projects increased Memorial Day travel

Postado Mai 19, 2017

AAA projects over 1.2 million Michiganders will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 2.5 percent increase from just over 1.1 million people who traveled past year.

"The positive growth we've seen throughout the travel industry this year is moving into summer", said John Moreno, AAA Northern California spokesman.

More Americans will be on the road this Memorial Day holiday, with AAA estimating that about 34.6 million are planning a holiday road trip.

"That's a 2.5 percent increase from past year", spokesperson Susan Hiltz said. "Higher confidence, rising wages, and recent gas price declines have bolstered consumer spending, leaving many Americans with more money to spend on travel this Memorial Day".

∙ 34.6 million Americans (88.1 percent of travelers) will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.4 percent over a year ago. The organization predicts 2.9 million people will fly during the weekend, up 5.7 percent compared with a year ago.

When travelers arrive at their destinations this holiday weekend, they'll also be paying more for a place to stay. The projection marks a sharp 1 million traveler increase over previous year and would represent the largest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

Topping the most popular destinations is Orlando, Florida, followed by the European cities of Rome, London, and Dublin, and Vancouver, Canada rounding out the top five.

Some 787,000 Arizona residents will travel over Memorial Day weekend this year, a 3 percent increase from last year, AAA predicted today.

Make it your business. According to AAA, Airfare for 40 domestic routes is up 9% from 2016, with the average price of a roundtrip ticket hovering around $181.

Statewide, about 84 percent of travelers, or 4.08 million, are expected to go by auto, a 2.9 percent increase over 2016.

Download the AAA Mobile app before a Memorial Day getaway Before setting out for Memorial Day, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. Airports will also be busy, as almost 3 million vacation travelers take to the skies. AAA's is the only rating system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis.

AAA's projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit.

"If your schedule permits, consider traveling on the holiday itself, when there is often less congestion and fewer crowds", said AAA spokeswoman Julie Hall. The increase in the number of travelers may lead to some traffic jams.