Positive economic signs to give Labor Day travel a boost
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If you’re planning on traveling this Labor Day weekend, you’re not alone. AAA is projecting a 4.2 percent increase in the number of travelers compared to a year ago – the most since 2009.
Last year 32.7 million people journeyed 50+ miles from home over the Labor Day holiday. This year an estimated 34.1 million will be on the road. The increase is a sign that economic growth and consumer confidence are returning to the travel marketplace.
“There’s a healthier dose of optimism in the air and on the road this holiday,” said AAA Idaho President Jim Manion. “For many Americans, our homes are our biggest asset, and as home prices improve in many parts of the country more families are feeling comfortable about traveling this Labor Day.”
Idaho is grouped with seven other Mountain Region states that are expected to outperform the national numbers, though AAA Idaho notes that expensive gasoline prices could cause some Idahoans to rethink their holiday travel budgets.
Currently Idaho’s average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline is $3.82, some 28 cents higher than the national average price of $3.54. Based on AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report,
Idahoans are paying the sixth highest price in the country, just pennies lower than perennially expensive California ($3.84). Idaho’s average price is also outpacing Washington ($3.81) and Oregon ($3.77), which historically are more expensive.
Altogether, AAA Idaho expects about 179,000 Idahoans will travel 50 or more miles from home this holiday, with about 150,000 doing so by motor vehicle.