AAA expects Labor Day travel to increase in 2013

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- More people will take to the sky and highways this Labor Day weekend. According to AAA, more than 670,000 Arizonans are expected to travel. That's nearly a 6 percent increase from a year ago.

AAA says the travel jump is linked to increased optimism in the housing market. They believe consumers are more confident about the value of such a large asset, and are now more comfortable spending money on family activities such as travel.
AAA says 83 percent will drive to their Labor Day destinations and will pay an average $3.44 per gallon to fill up the gas tank.

As for travelers looking to fly, AAA says 57,000 Arizonans will head to the airport. That's a 4.2 percent increase from 2012.

Spending will also increase. Arizonans will spend about $670 on Labor Day getaways. That's an 11 percent jump from a year ago.

AAA says the 2013 travel season is on track to finish stronger than it started and that is indeed very good news for the economy and travel industry.

AAA has more information online.