Expect more holiday travelers, AAA says



By Jason Hanna

(CNN) — Over the river and through the woods by car, for sure. But through the clouds? Maybe not like last year.

More Americans will take a year-end holiday trip this year than last year — despite falling consumer confidence, but perhaps buoyed by lower gas prices — the auto association AAA said Tuesday.

AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will take a trip of at least 50 miles sometime during the holiday period — a 0.6% increase from the estimated 94 million last year.

The motor club federation defines the holiday period as December 21 to January 1.

“While economic growth has stagnated and consumer confidence has fallen Americans will not be Scrooges when it comes to traveling this year,” AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney said. “AAA is projecting more Americans to travel than ever before to gather with friends and family, exchange presents and…

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