Higher Labor Day Weekend Travel Expected

by WHIZ Reporter on August 22, 2012 at 6:26 am

More Americans are expected to be traveling during the Labor Day weekend.

The AAA Auto Club said over 33 million Americans, including around 1.3 million Ohioans are expected to hit the road during the holiday.

AAA Spokeswoman Kimberly Schwind said the increase can be attributed to improvements in consumer confidence over the last few years, and Americans’ unwavering desire to travel.

"This is actually the third consecutive holiday this year that we’re expecting an increase in travel and the Labor Day are going to be just as high as they were before the recession, so that’s great news for the travel industry and the economy," said Schwind.

In a AAA Survey of intended travelers, 66% said money would not impact their holiday travel plans, while 21% say they will spend less on lodging and sightseeing, 9% will take a shorter trip and 4% will take an alternate mode of transportation.

"You are going to notice hotel rates will be a little bit more than last year, about 4-6%, depending on which level of a hotel you’re going to be stay at," added Schwind.

Schwind recommends making sure vehicles are in good working order before hitting the road.