AAA: 44.2 million Americans to travel over holiday period

Published on : Friday, June 30, 2017

aaa logoThe American Automobile Association (AAA) has announced that an overwhelming 44.2 million American are expected to travel about 50 miles or above far away from their native place over the Fourth of July holiday period.


The figure marks an increase of 1.25 million more travellers as compared to last year, thereby marking it as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever. Some of them who would be travelling to Mount Magazine State Park based about 19 miles south of Paris.


Becky Bariola, who is the Paris Superintendent mentioned last week that the park would be a bustling place of activity during this vacation period commencing on 30th June, Friday and concluding on 4th July, Tuesday.


Bariola also feels that attendance in the park is much more as compared to that last year.


AAA has based its projection on a survey and officials mentioned that increasing travel is an outcome of a stronger economy, lower gasoline prices and a larger lever of consumer confidence. Bill Sutherland, the senior vice president of AAA said that the fusion of strong employment, rising income levels as well as higher consumer confidence have been faring exceedingly well for the travel industry.


The 44.2 million Americans expected to travel this Independence Day marks a 2.9% rose over the statistics of the year 2016.


As much as 37.5 million Americans would be driving to their favorite destinations again marking an increase of 2.9% from that in last year. And, about 3.44 million people would be travelling via the skies this year increasing the air travel by 4.6% over last year.


Furthermore, about 3.27 million travellers are estimated to travel by other modes of transport including trains, buses and cruises marking an increase of 1.4% from 2016.


The national average gas price is about 4% cheaper than this same time last year.


A major contributor to it is the rise in travellers on the roads this Independence Day. Currently, the national average cost for a gallon of gas is $2.28. The prices continue to be very low for the summer travel season.


But then, consumers might see the increase in prices closer to the holiday weekend that is quite similar to the Memorial Day gas price trend.




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