Published on : Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Between Christmas and New Year’s Day around 2.3 million Marylanders will travel despite uncertainty in weather forecast. It reflected a 3.2 percent increase from last year’s projection and is the auto-club’s highest-ever holiday travel forecast.
AAA mentioned that it was the fifth consecutive year when more than 2 million Marylanders will be travelling between December 23 and January .
It will also be the ninth consecutive year showing an estimated growth.
AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina Cooper Averella said that though the gas prices rose by 13 cents from last year but more than 90 percent of those traveling for the holiday are expected to drive.
Last month saw a drop in the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline to $2.42.
Averella said that the Marylanders are willing to shell not only for holiday shopping, but to spend on travel this holiday season.
A strong economy and labor market are to be thanked for increased income and consumer confidence.
Isha Renta, a National Weather Service meteorologist said that there might be wintry conditions but it’s too soon to tell whether any snow will result. It was too soon to predict but any potential snow will deter the estimated travelers.
Around 126,000 passengers will fly for the holidays showing a 3.8 percent increase in air travel representing the most growth of any single mode of travel.
There will be a 3.5 % growth in the number of people taking buses, trains, cruises and other modes of transportation to their winter holiday getaways .