Travelers hit the road for the holiday

Travelers hit the road for the holiday

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Posted on November 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 24 at 6:17 PM

PORTLAND -- Gas is about a quarter higher per gallon than a year ago but AAA Oregon/Idaho said the percentage of Thanksgiving travelers will go up about 11 percent nationwide from a year ago.

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The average price in Oregon is about $3.01, said spokeswoman Marie Dodds.

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She said the percentage of travelers who go by car on the West Coast will be slightly higher, about 14 percent.

Of the estimated 40 million Americans who go away for Turkey Day, most of them, 94 percent, will travel by car, with about half of them traveling 50 miles or more.

Hotel, car and vacation package reservations are up about 12 percent over last year, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho Director of Travel Doreen Loofburrow. “Our travel agents are reporting strong increases in the number of inquiries, and in the number of people booking trips."

“Although many Americans are still very cautious about household budgets and discretionary spending, many are in a better financial position this Thanksgiving,” Dodds said. "The Pacific region is clawing its way back to better economic health, and we are seeing greater demand for travel this year.”

 

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