AAA: More Arizonans to travel this Labor Day

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Hordes of Arizonans plan to say sayonara to summer with a Labor Day getaway, according to AAA.

About 668,000 Arizonans are projected to travel over Labor Day weekend, according to the largest leisure travel agency in North America. This is an increase of 1.3 percent from last year.

Nationally, the full-service travel agency expects 34.7 million people to travel -- a 1.3 percent increase from 2013.
"The modest rise we're anticipating can be attributed to greater consumer confidence, which has led to more spending," said Amy Moreno, senior travel manager for AAA Arizona.  

Highlights from AAA's 2014 Labor Day forecast:

1. Road trips rule -- More than 557,000 Arizonans (83 percent) plan to drive to their Labor Day destination. This is a 1.4 percent increase from last year. Gas prices won't be a major factor in determining whether consumers will travel over the last summer holiday. 

2. Air travel eases upward -- As with previous summer holidays this year, more people will be traveling by air. Almost 58,000 Arizonans plan to fly to their Labor Day destination. This is a 1.5 percent increase from last year. 

3. Friday, Monday to be busiest travel days -- Most travelers will depart on Friday, Aug. 29. The most popular return date will be Monday, Sept. 1. The 668,000 Arizonans expected to travel for Labor Day brings the total number of Arizonans who will travel or have traveled over the three summer holidays to nearly 2.2 million. This represents an increase of nearly 1 percent -- or 21,000 more travelers -- compared to last summer. 

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