AAA: Fewer Californians Traveling This Labor Day Weekend

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Triple-A estimates about four-point-three million Californians will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend.  That’s a drop of about one-and-a-half percent from last year.  Why?  Cynthia Harris is with Triple-A of Northern California:

"Well, because of high gas prices that have really impacted consumers and it’s also affected the entire spectrum of the travel industry, from restaurants to hotels, airfares.”

Harris says people are going to the beach, staying with family or taking shorter trips.  Triple-A estimates the average California household will spend up to 826 bucks on a Labor Day weekend trip…with close to 180 of that going to gas.  That’s nearly 20 percent.   Air Travel is expected to see the biggest drop.  Harris says nearly three-and-a-half percent fewer Californians will fly this Labor Day compared to last year. Travel was also down for the Memorial and July 4th holiday weekends.