AAA expects a slight bump of 1.3% in Labor Day travel this year, according to AAA Public Affairs Supervisor, Michelle Donati.
668,000 Arizonans are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend on a trip of 50 or more miles from home, according to AAA. Nationwide, AAA is predicting a healthy amount of travelers as well, increasing 1.3% as well.
This rise in travel can be contributed to greater consumer confidence, says Donati, which leads to people doing more travelling. This trend has been present all summer long and while most people travel over the three big summer holidays, for Arizonans, the Labor Day holiday is not heavily traveled, as school has begun. Donati says that as a result, fall travel is now being planned. All that being said, AAA is still predicting an increase in Labor Day travel this year. All in all, summer travel was up about 1% overall in Arizona, which is good news for the economy and travel industry, Donati says.
For the 83% of Arizonans travelling over Labor Day by car, they will note higher gas prices than this time last year by about 10 cents or so but AAA is not anticipating that it will curtail any travel plans. When it comes to gas prices, Donati says there really needs to be a significant shift upward before it will start curtailing travel plans. Even still, Americans have shown that they will change certain aspects of their travel plans rather than cancelling their plans altogether when it comes to higher gas prices. Gas prices currently are the cheapest than they've been all summer and Donati attributes this to the relatively inactive hurricane season, enabling the price of crude oil to remain stable.
Michelle Donati is the Public Affairs Supervisor of AAA Arizona and spoke with Arizona Business News, a featured network of Sequence Media Group. Arizona Business News is brought to you by the ASBA, Arizona Small Business Association.